DIFC FinTech Hive’s AccelerateHer will empower more than twice the female talent this year

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  • AccelerateHer is DIFC FinTech Hive’s programme which empowers young female talent to play a role in technology and innovation.
  • 2021 AccelerateHer edition has increased the number of female participants from within financial organisations, already selecting 20 candidates for first cohort, and for the first time, will expand to include a second cohort later in the year.
  • Programme provides mentorship, workshops and networking opportunities to the young women selected.

Dubai, UAE: DIFC FinTech Hive announces that the third edition of its popular FinTech Hive AccelerateHer programme will more than double in size this year, supporting up to 40 female participants in total, compared with 14 last year. For the first time, AccelerateHer will run in two cohorts through a hybrid programme structure combining both virtual and in-person elements, allowing the programme to be open to global participants who wish to access the wealth of expertise and experience within DIFC. The first cohort of 20 female participants from financial institutions has already been selected.

DIFC has been committed to supporting diversity in the financial services sector since its inception in 2004. The DIFC FinTech Hive first launched AccelerateHer in 2019 to develop female talent in financial technology and innovation sectors. To date, the scheme has successfully supported nearly 30 participants with one-to-one mentorship, workshops and networking opportunities. Previous participants came from a range of financial services firms and have used the programme to accelerate their personal development and contribution to their organisations. Through the programme, some participants were able to launch their own female-founded FinTechs.

The current edition is targeting women across the financial services industry with six months to three years of experience.

Raja Al Mazrouei, Executive Vice President of DIFC FinTech Hive, commented: “DIFC’s commitment to fostering a world-class pool of diverse talent is central to our strength, both as a global financial centre and a leading innovation hub. We are proud to bring together a wealth of expertise across our community, forging varied and valuable connections through initiatives such as AccelerateHer in order to fulfil our mission to drive the future of finance.” 

Candidates can find out more and submit their application here.

About Dubai International Financial Centre:

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of USD 7.7 trillion.

With a 16-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of almost 27,000 professionals working across over 2,900 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance. Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.

Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations.