Female entrepreneurs are changing the face of Saudi technology. According to Arab News, the Badir Technology Incubator assisted the launch of 44 women’s businesses in 2017, an increase of 144 percent over 2016.
The businesses are active in the fields of telecommunications, software, e-commerce and smartphone apps. The program has incubated 239 technology projects since its establishment, creating some 1,615 full-time and part-time jobs for Saudi youths.
Badir CEO Nawaf Al-Sahhaf said the program is supporting the ambitions and initiatives of Saudi female entrepreneurs, helping them participate in local and regional conferences, and providing them with women-only offices to conduct workshops that prepare them to efficiently manage their businesses.
“Badir has raised Saudi women’s awareness about technology entrepreneurship, and promoted a culture of free enterprise through conducting workshops and training programs, speaking to college students, and participating in university events,” he said.