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

What Makes a Great Entrepreneur?

On the first day of the entrepreneurial bootcamp that forms the core of training for the Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs, the founders heard from two very special Jordanian guests about what makes a great company–and a great entrepreneur. “A Day in the Life of a Startup Founder” featured Lina Hundaileh, a serial entrepreneur and chocolate baroness, … Continue reading What Makes a Great Entrepreneur?

Founder Features: The Food Industry

With just one day before the start of the Fellowship for Young Women Entrepreneurs, Open Hands Initiative is proud to continue highlighting some of the Fellowship participants in its second set of “Founder Features.” This week, Open Hands Initiative introduces Lisa Curtis and Malak Jehad Al-Aiekly, two founders passionate about the food, agriculture and commodities industries. During her time … Continue reading Founder Features: The Food Industry