Region's First Conscious Investor Fellowship Announced

Past edition of Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium

Co-hosted by startAD, VentureSouq, KAUST, in collaboration with Sheraa and Hub71, the new virtual fellowship for mission-driven investors will launch this October

Press Release

startAD, the Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator anchored at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and powered by its partner Tamkeen; VentureSouq; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST); Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa); and Hub71 have joined forces to launch the region’s first Conscious Investor Fellowship (CIF). 

The six-week virtual Fellowship will welcome 25 investors who will be mentored and trained by key global and local industry experts on investing in impact-driven technology startups from October 7 to November 25. The Fellowship invites GCC-based venture capitalists, family office funds, angel investors, and institutional investors to register before Wednesday, September 30. 

The Fellowship will cover conscious investment strategies, startup diligence, valuations, impact measurement, portfolio management, and global trends in the impact space. Elective thematic masterclasses will also be offered, with a specific focus on HealthTech, EdTech, Environmental Tech, and AgriTech. 

The CIF will coincide with the annual public Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium, which will be held virtually between November 24-25. Open to those interested in learning about investing in technology startups, this year’s Symposium will include pitches from global startups who will be presenting investment opportunities for investors who are a part of CIF, and for investors registered with Angel Rising.


“Conscious investment is a growing global force, accelerated by the ongoing impact of the global pandemic. While startup-focused initiatives have been growing in the region, we see a gap in the resources and support available for new investors. Furthermore, given the region’s intrinsic drive to influence the world for the better, startAD is confident that the Conscious Investor Fellowship will instigate this mission through demonstrable impact. Aligned with the UAE’s goals, it will forge a path to a tech-enabled business ecosystem and a society that is inclusive, thriving, and sustainable in the long term.”

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

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