America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

It’s October 2011 in Cairo. The whole country is still going through the most tumultuous time in its recent history. A few months back a 30-year-ruling dictator was toppled by a popular revolt. And nothing remained the same afterwards. In the midst of all that, I was juggling multiple freelance video journalism assignments here and there. The … Continue reading America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

How I Came to Love the Hijab

Heads turn as she walks into the dry cleaning store and makes her way to the end of the line, her face impassive. Black, gauzy fabric outlines her face, mirroring black eyeliner surrounding defiant eyes. Whispers start down the line. A child openly stares at her until his mother pulls him closer, breaking his gaze. … Continue reading How I Came to Love the Hijab

Beyond Bootcamp: Women Founders Achieve Startup Success

Last October, we helped amplify the impact of 20 young female entrepreneurs from Jordan and the U.S. through our Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs. The program encompassed entrepreneurial training, mentoring, and a pitch competition with more than $150,000 in prizes. Six months later, our fellows have gone on to scale their businesses, launch or iterate new … Continue reading Beyond Bootcamp: Women Founders Achieve Startup Success

Amman’s Startup Eco-System

Open Hands Initiative is proud to have partnered with a diverse group of entities in Amman, Jordan for its Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs, a startup bootcamp program for 20 female founders from the U.S. and Jordan, which took place from October 16-24th. Among our esteemed group of partners is Oasis500, which served as our … Continue reading Amman’s Startup Eco-System

Congratulations to the Winners of Demo Day!

On October 24th in Amman, Jordan, our 20 young women entrepreneurs who participated in the Fellowship pitched to a panel of judges at Zain’s Innovation Campus at the King Hussein Business Park. From that group of startup founders, just a handful would be chosen to win cash prizes to help grow their businesses. Later that … Continue reading Congratulations to the Winners of Demo Day!