Conscious Investor Fellowship

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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 1st cohort, startAD at NYU Abu Dhabi and VentureSouq joined forces once again 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 took place between September – November 2021 with optional pre-fellowship sessions in August and monthly masterclasses in December 2021.


The Annual Angel Rising Conscious Investor Education Symposium

Fellows also became a part of the 7th Annual Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium, which took 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.

Next year, the Angel Rising symposium will return, shifting its focus on the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) COP 28 being hosted in the UAE next year. startAD investor programs and Angel Rising will explore the themes of Climate Tech

Please register to express your interest in attending our 8th Annual Angel Rising Symposium that will take place next year in May 2023.

The Annual Angel Rising Conscious Investor Education 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 in mission-driven technology-enabled companies.

Make sure to register your interest in attending the 8th edition, planned for May 2023.


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


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