Heather Henyon, Middle East Start-Up Scene Attracts New Breed of Investors: Women, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages 51-53 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/middle-east-start-up-scene-attracts-new-breed-of-investors-women/) Abstract: As entrepreneurs take the Middle East by storm, new funding sources are starting to crop up across the region to meet this gap in capital. The latest involves women. Following a trend where 30 percent to 40 percent of start-up entrepreneurs are women, the other side of the table is also starting to change. While Silicon Valley and European venture capitalists (VCs) are predominantly men, it is no surprise to find a similar trend in a more socially conservative environment. However, what is surprising is the number of start-up companies that are women-led. There are lots of statistics in the US (three percent of small businesses are women-owned, 12 percent of start-ups are founded by women, 13 percent of venture capital money goes to women-led companies), however, not a lot of data in the Middle East exists yet. There are the numbers from the accelerators and incubators in the region. In Jordan, for example, Oasis500 reports that while only 10 percent of its applicants are … Topics: Business; Women