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The Fellowship

As the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors continue to engage with social & environmental issues, the demand for conscious investment opportunities continues to grow.

After the resounding success of its inaugural cohort, startAD at NYU Abu Dhabi and VentureSouq have joined forces this year with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Wa’ed from ARAMCO, and the United States Mission to the UAE to empower the next generation of mission-driven stakeholders from the GCC.

The Conscious Investor Fellowship is the first pan-regional impact investor program for GCC-based private, corporate, government and family office investors. The fellowship will take place between September - November 2021 with optional pre-fellowship sessions in August and monthly masterclasses that will begin in December 2021.

Fellows will also be a part of the 7th Annual Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium, taking place in March 2022. Angel Rising has grown to be a leading voice demystifying the startup investing landscape, and ultimately inspiring more stakeholders to fuel greater innovation in the GCC and beyond.

Please register to express your interest in attending our 7th Annual Angel Rising Symposium.

to attend the 7th Annual Angel Rising Symposium

Our Distinguished Speakers

Amie Patel
Managing Director
Elevar Equity
Karim Hajri
Programme Director
Said Business School (Oxford)
Logan Allin
Managing Partner
Marieke Spence
Executive Director
Impact Capital Managers
Rehana Nathoo
CEO & Co-Founder
Spectrum Impact
Scott Taitel
Director of Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment
New York University

Our Timeline

Fellows have been chosen for this years Conscious Investor Fellowship

Sep. 14 & 15, 2021
Summer School
Intro to Conscious Investing and Startup lifecycle
Sep 22, 2021
Fellow Majlis
Welcome session to our fellows, sponsors, and partners
Sep 29 - Nov 22, 2021
Weekly 2 hour educational sessions with assignments
March 15 & 16, 2022
Angel Rising
The 7th Annual Angel Rising Conscious Investor Education Symposium
Be part of the 7th Annual Angel Rising Symposium!


Angel Rising organized jointly by startAD, the global startup accelerator of NYU Abu Dhabi and investment platform VentureSouq, has grown to be a leading voice demystifying and encouraging the cause of technology startup investments from the UAE.

Focused on the topic of  ‘Conscious Investing and Catalyzing Technology for Good’, the symposium convened global and local thought leaders in the startup community in order to build awareness, access, and a better understanding of what it takes to become an investor into mission-driven technology enabled companies.

Make sure to register your interest in attending the 7th edition.