A WAVE OF risk-taking female entrepreneurs in the Middle East are pitching and launching startups, contrary to popular stereotypes of Arab women, according to the Wall Street Journal. At a recent startup conference hosted by Oasis 500 in Jordan, 40% of the pitches were by women. In Saudi Arabia, women are "an untapped ocean of talent," Glowork.net executive Adbullah Alghadouni told the Journal. Also this week, the MENA Business Women's Network Forum will bring together female entrepreneurs in Dubai. "It would be ironic," Journal reporter Ben Rooney writes, "if a region that is castigated for its attitudes toward women actually turned out to be more welcoming of female entrepreneurs than those doing the castigating."