Deloitte opens up nominations for its Middle East accelerator for social innovation (DASI) awards


Innovative Social Enterprises invited to win US$100,000 in Deloitte consulting and advisory services

June 9, 2022 – Deloitte has opened up nominations for its Middle East signature program Deloitte Accelerator for Social Innovation (DASI) providing social enterprises in the region with the opportunity to grow and scale their impact. 

DASI is a Deloitte Middle East’s Corporate Responsibility program created with the aim of addressing the region’s challenges by supporting small and medium social enterprises who operate with a social and/or environmental purpose. DASI is a regional competition spanning 13 countries in the Middle East and Cyprus with specific selection criteria including scalability, economic viability, sound business strategies and plans as well as inclusion and diversity in ownership and management teams. The program runs in collaboration with Ashoka Arab World which provides networking and mentorship opportunities for winning social enterprises.

“We are proud to be launching the second edition of DASI, a program that was initiated to accelerate the power of social enterprises in the region through innovation, and to balance the desire for greater social equity with the need for rapid economic growth,” said Mutasem Dajani, CEO, Deloitte Middle East. “Deloitte will be offering winning social enterprises US$100,000 in a prize pack which includes advisory services, networking, mentoring and skills-development, enabling them to scale their impact with a significant advantage in the marketplace.”

“The DASI program builds on a booming ecosystem where the impact of social enterprises has been noticeable lately thanks to their agility to respond to needs by turning challenges into opportunities. Social enterprises are generally inclusive and have smaller gender gap in ownership compared to their commercial counterparts. They are the seeds for a more inclusive economy,” said Rana Ghandour Salhab, People & Purpose Partner, Deloitte Middle East. “We are excited to receive new participants in the program and to experience the creative and innovative ideas that our region is always known to offer.”

“At Ashoka Arab World (AAW), we are pleased to be working with Deloitte Middle East on their DASI Program. As the largest platform in the world for social entrepreneurs, Ashoka welcomes the opportunity to reach out to and support the DASI winners in their journey for making change in their communities and beyond. Building on the success of the first edition of DASI Program, AAW will be providing mentorship to the DASI winners and connecting them with established social entrepreneurs. We are looking forward to meeting with new social entrepreneurs joining the DASI program and knowing more about their innovative and impactful work,” said Dr. Iman Bibars, Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World, and Vice President of Ashoka. 

To apply, click here: Applications close on June 30, 2022

Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world with more than 4,000 leading social entrepreneurs – elected as Ashoka Fellows – in over 95 countries. Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an “everyone a changemaker world. Since 2003, Ashoka Arab World has pioneered and been the platform for social entrepreneurship across the region, identifying and electing more than 120 of the region’s leading social entrepreneurs across 13 countries, uniting them into a dynamic community, and working with them to build a vibrant ecosystem. 

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