Sixth Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium on Conscious Investing Begins Tomorrow

The Symposium is aimed at building awareness, access, and a better understanding of what it takes to become an investor in mission-driven, technology-enabled companies

Press Release

startAD, the Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi and powered by Tamkeen, will co-host the sixth edition of Angel Rising with VentureSouq in collaboration with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa). Taking place virtually from November 24-25, the Symposium will focus on Conscious Investing and Catalyzing Technology for Good.  

The event will convene global and local thought leaders from the investor and startup communities in order to build awareness, access, and a better understanding of what it takes to become an investor in mission-driven, technology-enabled companies. Open to the public, interested participants who want to learn more about investing in technology startups can register via

The event will feature speakers from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Salesforce Ventures  Impact Fund, Atlantica Ventures, Spectrum Impact, Flare, Helium Health, and SupplyShift. It will also include live investment opportunities through pitches from global impact startups including a Q&A moderated by seasoned investors. Participating startups are Cycled – a sustainability tech startup from the UAE; Pulse Active Stations - a HealthTech startup from India, Jade Autism - a HealthTech startup from the UAE, Red Sea Farms - a GreenTech startup from KSA, Edama - a waste management startup from KSA, and UrbanKisaan - an AgriTech startup from India. 

John Tate, Chief Executive of Tamkeen LLC, the Abu Dhabi partner and backer of startAD, said: “Innovation sits at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s vision and, through startAD, Tamkeen is delighted to have supported over 6000 entrepreneurs and 124 startups to-date. This year’s Angel Rising event is focused on conscious investment and, as such, it is a further example of how both Abu Dhabi and startAD are at the cutting-edge of entrepreneurship, incubation, and training.”


“This year is the right time for Angel Rising to shine a light on the growing trend towards conscious investing – especially amongst the next generation of mission-driven investors from the GCC.  Startups are best placed to find new solutions to global challenges, and the recent pandemic has highlighted more than ever that our fates are intertwined. Therefore, it is our shared responsibility as a global community to celebrate pioneering ideas that can make positive contributions to people’s lives."

Research Professor of Engineering, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship at NYUAD, and Managing Director of startAD Ramesh Jagannathan

Over the last five years, Angel Rising has hosted some of the most credible voices worldwide from Acumen, Andreessen Horowitz, AngelList, and Kalaari Capital, among others, and attracted over 1,000 participants, including more than 250 active investors. 

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.