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Organon and Flat6Labs Launch Second Edition of Women’s Health Accelerator Program, addressing Women’s Health Challenges Across MENAT


Organon and Flat6Labs Launch Second Edition of Women's Health Accelerator Program, addressing Women’s Health Challenges Across MENAT

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day by empowering innovation in women’s healthcare
  • Initiative to power advancements in family planning, fertility and women’s wellness
  • Inviting entrepreneurial applications from UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Organon, a global healthcare company dedicated to improving women’s health, in partnership with Flat6Labs, MENA’s leading seed and early-stage venture capital firm, has announced the launch of the second edition of the Women’s Health Accelerator Program. The initiative aims to empower digital health startups with solutions to enhance women’s health across the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) region.

The launch follows the overwhelming success of the inaugural Accelerator Program, where three standout female-founded digital health start-ups were honored in MENA as winners: OMGYNO” founded by Doreen Toutikian and Elisabeth Milini in Greece and Lebanon, “Siira” founded by Sandra Salame in Lebanon, and “Maternally” founded by Yasmin El Mouallem in the UAE. The accelerator initiative was launched to address specific health challenges faced by women in the region, aiming to find sustainable and long-term solutions. These visionary companies have not only demonstrated innovation and excellence but have also become integral parts of the health ecosystem.

The second edition of the program focusses on innovation across three areas of women’s health including family planning, fertility and women’s wellness. The emphasis is on digital solutions that can help improve accessibility, empower individuals, and enhance overall quality of well-being, ultimately advancing women’s healthcare.

Ramy Koussa – Associate Vice President for Middle East, North Africa & Turkey (MENAT) at Organon, said:  “Launching the second edition of the Women’s Health Accelerator Program marks a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to advancing women’s health in the MENAT region. Investing in improving women’s health not only improves women’s quality of life but also enables them to thrive in the workforce. Therefore, we want to support entrepreneurs to drive forward the next wave of innovations and solutions.”

He further commented: “We are excited to deepen our partnership with Flat6Labs and continue listening to the needs of women, identifying innovative solutions that foster a better and healthier every day for her. This edition is a testament to our sustained dedication to collaboration, innovation, and the empowerment of women and startups who have new digital solutions in the women health space.”

Yehia Houry, Chief Programs Officer at Flat6Labs, emphasized the importance of supporting entrepreneurs and advancing women’s healthcare, stating, “As we embark on the second edition of the Women’s Health Accelerator Program, we are thrilled to amplify our support for entrepreneurs shaping the future of women’s healthcare. This initiative is not just about innovation; it’s about empowering visionary minds to create lasting impact. Our ongoing partnership with Organon and the evolving focus of this edition reaffirm our commitment to fostering a dynamic ecosystem for women-led startups. Together, we aim to revolutionize the healthcare landscape, ensuring it reflects the diverse and nuanced needs of women across the MENAT region.”

As well as improving exposure and visibility to key stakeholders in the healthcare sector, the program will include community events, such as specialized training sessions and seminars to enhance the exchange of ideas and experiences in commercial and technical aspects, which will contribute to providing startups with the knowledge and skills necessary to expand the scope of their business.

The three core focus areas include family planning, utilizing technologies to offer advice and raise awareness about various family planning methods available to women. Secondly, fertility planning, honing in on solutions for IVF Mental Health Support and Counseling. Thirdly, innovations that benefit women’s wellness, with a particular focus on self and maternal care, disease prevention and menstrual health. 

For more information about the Women’s Health Accelerator Program’s second edition and the application process, please visit the website here. The applications close on May 16, 2024. The countries in the program include UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

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