Blossom is the first accelerator that aims to empower and enable Saudi women’s startups in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Blossom’s vision is to contribute to the socio-economic development of Saudi Arabia and the MENA region by supporting the creation of new jobs and accelerating startups to become the next BIG thing.
a more innovative and collaborative ecosystem.
the Saudi entrepreneurship community.
new job opportunities in the Kingdom.
Our mission is to BLOSSOM startups.
I was always the odd one. I grew up and lived with 50+ seizures a day for nearly 20 years. Often, the world I lived in felt isolated, segregated, and I dreamt of living in a better connected world.
My journey to entrepreneurship was not traditional. I majored in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. I was determined to understand why and how humans connected on a neuronal level, and what I loved about neuroscience research was that it was an iterative and disruptive process that brought about true innovation.
After graduation, I worked in clinical drug trials in California but it felt very mundane so I decided to go out into the world and explore what made me feel passionate again. I stumbled upon the entrepreneurship community in San Diego when I attended my first Startup Weekend and after that I was completely HOOKED. What was marvelous about entrepreneurship was that the journey was akin to neuroscience research; iterative, disruptive, and most certainly innovative.
I boldly quit my day job in Sunny California and moved back to my hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where I believed I could make the most impact. Within a year, I founded & failed at a few tech startups, landed and quit my day job at Careem, and decided to solve the challenge of an underdeveloped entrepreneurship ecosystem and not nearly as many women in technology and entrepreneurship.
Blossom’s mission is not only to cultivate a thriving ecosystem, connect the community, but it is also to create new jobs especially for women in KSA and the MENA region.
Because a better world is one where Saudi women don’t just drive cars but steer the driving wheel to their own lives.
Emon Shakoor, Founder & CEO, Blossom MENA.