FUEL-IT is a two-year project designed and implemented by Leaders International to enhance the economic empowerment and prosperity of young women and men in Palestine. One of the project’s main goals is to create more opportunities for young entrepreneurs, particularly females, and reduce their barriers to entrepreneurship.

The project has successfully allowed young entrepreneurs and startups to develop their international outlook, mainstreamed gender policies into their operations, and facilitated their access to finance, capacity building, and business development services. Thirty startup teams have benefited from the project, 50% of which are led by young women. Half of the startups have received funding to grow their businesses, and 30% of the women-led startups have successfully made it to the second round of investment.


January 2018 – December 2019

Country of implementation​



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