Two female led MIT EF Pan Arab alumni startups make it to the Womentum Accelerator

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab alumni continue to score big, months after winning the Arab Startup Competition. That said, the Pan Arab Chapter is proud to announce that two of its female led alumni startups have successfully made it to the first cycle of the Womentum Accelerator.

Out of 174 applications from female founders of 34 nationalities from across the region, Zelij of Morocco and Sadeed of Jordan were selected to enroll in the Womentum Accelerato, a four-month accelerator program for early stage startups, organized by Womena an angel investment group, facilitating investments in women led startups. Since 2014, the group facilitated over 3 million AED in funding into 10 companies. 


Salma Ziani, co-founder of Zelij at the ASC Finals in Oman.

The program will follow a blended model, kicking off with two weeks of in-person sessions in Berlin. This stage will be followed by a remote execution phase in founders’ home countries, involving virtual mentorship to allow entrepreneurs to validate their products in localized contexts. The program ends with two weeks in Dubai, where startups will get to hone their pitches in preparation for demo day at the same time as GITEX.

Both Sadeed and Zelij reached the semi-finals of the 11th Arab Startup Edition that took place in Muscat, Oman earlier this year.

Zelij, Arabic for flooring is a project based in Morocco with a mission to reduce plastic wastes in a sustainable way. The startup’s first products are eco-friendly paving stones and floor tiles made from plastic waste. They can be used in all the same ways as regular products, but use less energy and water in production, are cheaper to produce, and offer better insulation.

Sadeed is a platform that understands and responds to follower’s comments over social media automatically. Sadeed uses AI & machine learning to improve its performance and understand all followers inputs no matter the language accent.


Haurga Hussein, co-founder of Sadeed at the ASC Finals in Oman.