Angel Rising is an annual symposium organized by startAD and VentureSouq that provides education sessions on key topics related to Angel Investing to individuals from the region who have expressed an interest in investing in startups.

The development of a broad, sophisticated class of investors is a necessity in a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, and can be a critical part of the desired solution for the MENA region. In order for a startup ecosystem to flourish, the investor base needs to mature and evolve in lock step with the entrepreneur base.

The Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium is supported by the Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates.

  • Ramesh Jagannathan, Manging Director, startAD at NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Omar Christidis, Founder at ArabNet
  • Angela Strange, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Aby Thomas, Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East
  • Jeff Lynn, Co-Founder and CEO, Seedrs
  • Vikas Shah, Visiting Prof of Entrepreneurship, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Najla Al-Midfa, General Manager, @Sheraa – Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center
  • Sharif El-Badawi, Partner, 500 Startups
  • Naeem Zaminder, Pakistan CEO, Acumen
  • Owen Davis, Managing Director, NYC Seed
  • Sabah Al Binali, Active investor, entrepreneurial leader & commentator. Former CIO of Shuaa Capital and founding CEO of Saffar Capital
  • Sébastien de Jong, Founder HomeHouse
  • Tammer Qaddumi, Partner, VentureSouq
  • Suneel Gokhale, Partner, VentureSouq
  • Saud Al Nowais, Commercial Counselor for the United Arab Emirates to the United States
Organized by
  • StartAD, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • VentureSouq, UAE-based Angel Group
Hosted by
Ecosystem Partners
Supported by

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