[av_one_fifth first][/av_one_fifth] [av_three_fifth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”] [av_heading heading=’FAQS‘ tag=’h1′ style=’blockquote modern-quote modern-centered’ size=’40’ subheading_active=” subheading_size=’15’ padding=’0′ color=’custom-color-heading’ custom_font=’#000000′][/av_heading] [av_hr class=’custom’ height=’50’ shadow=’no-shadow’ position=’center’ custom_border=’av-border-fat’ custom_width=’50px’ custom_border_color=’#00adef’ custom_margin_top=’0′ custom_margin_bottom=’0′ icon_select=’no’ custom_icon_color=” icon=’ue808′ font=’entypo-fontello’] [/av_three_fifth] [av_one_fifth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][/av_one_fifth] [av_one_fifth first][/av_one_fifth] [av_three_fifth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”] [av_toggle_container initial=’0′ mode=’accordion’ sort=’true’] [av_toggle title=’What is an angel investor?’ tags=’For Investors’] An angel investor (also called angel, business angel, or informal investor) is a high-net-worth individual who provides capital and resources to startups in exchange for an ownership stake. They typically invest their own funds. Many studies have shown that angels in groups consistently show higher returns than angels investing alone. As well, research shows that angel-funded startup companies are less likely to fail than those otherwise financed. Click here for more information.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How does angel group membership benefit me?’ tags=’For Investors’] The benefits of angel group membership are countless and varied. Firstly, members of angel groups show consistently higher returns beyond those who invest on their own. Members have access to a high-quality deal flow that individual investors do not have. The group model serves to validate individual decision making; you have access to industry experts from many different fields who can more accurately assess the success potential for a deal. You benefit from an encouraging and educational atmosphere of like-minded people. Due diligence is done by an experienced team that can formulate a stronger assessment of a deal than an investor working alone. The shared networks and resources amongst members serve to benefit the membership community and portfolio companies. As an investor with co-investors, members approach entrepreneurs from a better negotiating position and are in a better position to monitor their portfolio companies. To understand more, please contact us.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How much does membership cost?’ tags=’For Investors’] Please contact us for more information. All services are covered by a simple annual membership fee. Members are likely to find that the cost of their membership is more of an investment with a high return: by getting access to superior deal flow, personalized guidance, education, validation of their investment decisions, a stronger negotiating position with companies, professional assistance with due diligence and term sheets, and help monitoring portfolio companies, members’ returns are likely to be much higher than if they invested alone.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How does WOMENA help the Middle East?’ tags=’For Investors’] We believe that technology-based startups in the Middle East are undervalued, with a large market and growing talent pool, and by investing in these undervalued assets, we foster innovation with high potential. We believe that inclusion of women in finance and business serves this aim by bringing diversity and productivity to these fields. Our mission is to promote these goals and we do so in three key areas: through our angel investment platform; innovation consulting; and education and workshops for the community. These activities serve the aim of knowledge-based and globally competitive economic growth in the MENA region and helps to reduce the region’s dependence on natural resources.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What makes WOMENA different from other angel groups?’ tags=’For Investors’] We are the only institutional angel investment platform for women in the Middle East. We seek to help women in the region control their wealth intelligently and have a community of like-minded women with whom to collaborate. With our exclusive network of partners, a membership base and team with varied backgrounds and expertise in the Middle East and internationally, we are able to ensure the highest quality deal flow and intelligent due diligence. We go above and beyond to make sure our investors are comfortable investing by providing extensive educational materials, guidance, and ongoing assistance, and much more.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How do I reduce the risk of angel investing?’ tags=’For Investors’] Join an angel group! Studies consistently show higher returns to angels in groups than angels investing individually. There are various services that we provide to mitigate risk, however there is no way to entirely eliminate the risk of early stage investing. It is a high risk, high potential reward activity. Educated investors take it as such and “hedge their bets,” or diversify their portfolios across numerous companies and industries. Smart angel investors generally seek to invest in companies that have the potential to return 10x+ over five years with a clearly defined exit strategy in order to mitigate the impact of failed investments. They also do thorough due diligence or get assistance with the process. All of these strategies are nearly impossible to execute outside of an angel group for most individuals because of the time required.

Average IRR for a professional angel investor in a group is 20-30%, however, there is no guarantee that an investor will experience such gains. Angel investing can be an exciting and rewarding experience for a person who wants to help entrepreneurs, have intellectually stimulating investment activities and are willing to undergo the risk of early stage investing.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What accreditation standards does WOMENA use?’ tags=’For Investors’] There are no specific accreditation standards. Instead, we focus on making the risks of investing clear and advise that you do not allocate more than 10-15% of your portfolio to angel investments. For US passport holders, we follow US accreditation standards. Please click here for more information.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Does WOMENA syndicate?’ tags=’For Investors’] Yes, we welcome participation from venture capital firms, private investors, family offices, accelerators, service providers, and other angel groups. As well, we are open to ideas! Please contact us to discuss.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How much will I be expected to invest as a member of WOMENA?’ tags=’For Investors’] The more a member invests in presenting companies, the more value they get out of their membership. Members are asked to invest in at least one company per year. The minimum ticket is $10,000 USD (approximately 36,000 AED). It is suggested that members make three to five investments per year to diversify their portfolios and mitigate risk. In the first year of membership, members are not required to invest. After the first year, we request that members utilize their membership to the fullest extent possible and participate in at least one investment per year. Members who do not participate in the group may not be invited to renew their membership.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Is there a minimum investment amount?’ tags=’For Investors’] At our meetings, members will see one to three entrepreneurs present their businesses for funding and are not required to invest in any. However, the minimum investment amount for an individual member is $10,000 USD per company, and at least three members must express interest in investing in order for our team to follow up and oversee the investment process.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What if I don’t invest one year?’ tags=’For Investors’] In your first year of membership, members are not required to invest. After the first year, we request that members utilize their membership to the fullest extent possible and participate in at least one investment per year. Members who do not participate in the group may not be invited to renew their membership.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What is a WOMENA meeting like?’ tags=’For Investors’] Evening meetings are held every two months in a selection of exciting spaces in Dubai. Previous locations include in5, Art Sawa, and Al Serkal Avenue. Invitees include our membership, selected ecosystem partners, and the presenting entrepreneurs. All are invited to chat over hors d’oeuvres before listening to pitches by three to five entrepreneurs for ten minutes, each followed by a ten minute Q&A session. At the end of this, we ask the entrepreneurs to leave the room so we can have a private investor discussion and assess interest in presenting companies. If there is sufficient interest, follow-up meetings and due diligence will be scheduled.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Can I be part of WOMENA if I do not live in Dubai? ‘ tags=’For Investors’] Yes. We record each pitch meeting and put it online within 48 hours so international or travelling members can still participate in the group. Joining WOMENA provides international members with access to deal flow, due diligence, networks, and knowledge sharing in an opaque and hard-to-navigate region.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Can men be part of WOMENA?’ tags=’For Investors’] For selected members of the angel investment community who intend to add value to the group and to the portfolio companies, we offer a community membership. For more information on community membership, please contact us.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How do entrepreneurs apply?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] Please click here to apply. Once we receive your initial application, we will ask for more information and set up a phone call to discuss your company. We will conduct initial due diligence. Once this is complete, you will be invited to apply. Approximately 5% of applicants are selected to present in front of members.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Does WOMENA charge entrepreneurs a fee?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] There are no charges to present to our membership. We take a small success fee when companies are successfully funded. This is a percentage (usually 3%) of total funding received from WOMENA members. This is to cover the administrative costs of setting up the investment legally.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How long does it take for entrepreneurs to receive financing?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] From pitching to receipt of funds, usually two to four months.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What non-financial value does WOMENA provide to entrepreneurs?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] Members of the group have indescribable networks and resources that they can use to help new companies. Collectively, members can help you with your business development, relationships with suppliers and distributors, marketing, finding employees, strategy, and almost any other resources or network needed in the region.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What industries does WOMENA invest in?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] We are industry agnostic. We look for companies that can offer a 10x+ multiple over a 5 year period. Many of the companies fitting this criteria are ecommerce, software, life sciences, telecom, energy, wholesale services, or retail services. We do not invest in nonprofits, films, television projects, theater projects, real estate or sectarian projects.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What should my application contain?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] You should have a presentation deck and executive summary ready for your company. Each should have a business summary, a product/service description, the customer problem, target market, management, customers, sales/marketing strategy, business model and financials, your competitors and competitive advantage and any additional information that you think is relevant to a potential investor. Executive summaries are also called one pagers because they should be about a page. Please click here for more information.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Does a WOMENA member always take a board position in portfolio companies?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] If WOMENA is not the lead investor, we will not expect to take a board position. As lead investor, we will typically expect a board seat to be allotted for the member leading the investment within the group.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Do you sign non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] No, we do not. We receive too many plans. We pride ourselves on our ethical treatment of entrepreneurs; your proprietary and confidential information will not be forwarded to anyone outside of the group or used for purposes other than determining funding suitability.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’Do you only invest in female entrepreneurs?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] No. We are not gender-biased for the entrepreneurs we fund. Our investors are women.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What is WOMENA’s investment criteria?’ tags=’For Entrepreneurs’] To learn more about our investment criteria, please click here.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What is a “Learners and Mentors” member?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] For individuals who are interested to contributing to WOMENA’s mission but are not yet ready to invest, we have the “WOMENA Learners and Mentors Program” to learn about angel investing and the startup ecosystem in MENA. Participants have the opportunity to engage with a community of women and startups while enjoying full access to our educational workshops and pitch meetings.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How does a Learners and Mentors membership benefit me?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] WOMENA membership comes with a variety of benefits for those who want to learn and/or mentor. As a group of individuals from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, you will benefit from an encouraging and educational atmosphere of like-minded people. You will have access to a network of like minded individuals to collaborate and share knowledge with, as well as the opportunity to share your own knowledge with start-ups. As a WOMENA member, you will also have access to our broad network of partners and their events. To understand more, please contact us.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What opportunities will I have to learn about angel investing?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] As a learner, you will have access to WOMENA pitch meetings, WOMENA educational workshops and a customized syllabus of angel investing educational materials.  By attending pitch meetings, you will gain first-hand experience of the angel investing process and will have the opportunity to engage with industry experts from many different fields who can mentor you in the area of angel investing.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What background should I have, if any, to begin learning how to be an angel?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] Angel investing requires no specific educational or professional background. If you have specific professional experience, you might find it useful to apply to making investment decisions and to help your portfolio companies. Our angel investors come from diverse backgrounds and WOMENA membership does not require any specifics beyond having the capital to comfortably invest.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How much time should I commit to learning?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] It is completely up to you regarding how much time you have to dedicate to learning how to become an angel investor. However, we encourage you to at least attend each of our educational events, happening every other month. Besides that, you can review the materials in your customized syllabus at your own pace. Our hope is that you will become comfortable enough with angel investing to make your first investment in your second year as a WOMENA member.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What opportunities will I have to mentor entrepreneurs? ‘ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] WOMENA has access and connections to a large and diverse group of start-ups in the MENA region, many of which could benefit greatly from mentorship in various areas of business. For WOMENA portfolio companies, you will have the opportunity to apply your expertise and experience as a mentor or even a board member. Beyond the portfolio, WOMENA is happy to connect mentors with start-ups in the greater network that fit your specific mentorship criteria.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’What type of mentorship can I provide?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] Everyone has something different that they can provide to start-ups. It is up to you to decide what it is you have to offer. Some areas of mentorship include: Useful connections to your network, technical knowledge of the specific technology or general business management, and knowledge of the industry and the target market.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How much time should I commit to mentoring?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] There is no requirement for how much time you commit to mentoring an entrepreneur. It should instead be based on the needs of the start-up and type of support you can offer. It could be as little as one hour a month working with an entrepreneur to up to six hours a week. Most importantly, prioritize quality, not quantity, and be sure to listen to entrepreneurs regarding what they need. Once you start working with an entrepreneur, you will see what works best.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How do I decide who to mentor?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] Who you decide to mentor is based on what value you know you can add to a start-up. Once you know that basic information, you can inform the WOMENA team. We will then be on the look-out for any start-ups we see in our pipeline or portfolio that require that kind of mentorship. We will pass the relevant start-ups to you and you can decide if you have the capacity and added-value to offer them as a mentor.
[/av_toggle] [av_toggle title=’How much does membership cost?’ tags=’For Learners and Mentors’] Please contact us for more information. All services are covered by a simple annual membership fee.
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