Women in Entrepreneurship Fellowship: One Year Later

Since our Women in Entrepreneurship Fellowship took place last October in Jordan, the program alumni have had some notable successes, interesting pivots, and of course, plenty of challenges, as is common for early stage businesses. The technical training provided during the program was helpful to many, shaping the way they approached their target markets, finessed their financials, and fine-tuned … Continue reading Women in Entrepreneurship Fellowship: One Year Later

Creating a Globally Minded World

I’m 25 years old and have already lived in 4 different countries: India, the Philippines, Uganda, and now the United States. My parents and older brother have collectively lived in at least 10 countries. The reason for this, as my mom told me, was to instill an open-minded attitude to all cultures. My mom believes … Continue reading Creating a Globally Minded World

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

A Special Guest to Inspire Our Women Entrepreneurs

Open Hands Initiative is honored to have had a very special guest join its group of 20 women entrepreneurs from Jordan and the United States for an evening of conversation in Amman, Jordan during the “Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs“. Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, Director General of the Jordan-based King Hussein Cancer Foundation … Continue reading A Special Guest to Inspire Our Women Entrepreneurs