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The VentureSouq platform is designed to create value
for our portfolio companies and our investors

We have built one of the largest regional venture networks and have an extensive global network of VCs, institutions, corporates and other investors

We leverage these networks to offer impactful connections to portfolio companies to help expand and grow business across borders

We use our extensive investor relationships to drive additional capital into our portfolio companies

We are long-term investors, we enter a company early and often participate in subsequent rounds of financing

We work hand-in-hand with our investors and portfolio companies to ensure that we leverage strategic alignment

We are committed to building the regional ecosystem by designing, producing and delivering high-quality content and events

Angel Rising is the annual investor symposium organized jointly by VentureSouq and startAD, the global startup accelerator of NYU Abu Dhabi. It has grown to be a leading voice for technology startup investments, attracting over 300 attendees each year and convening global and regional thought leaders in the investment community to build awareness, access, and a better understanding of what it takes to become an investor into technology-enabled ventures.

Leveraging our broader network of portfolio companies, co-investors and LPs we offer impactful connections to portfolio companies to enable cross-border expansions and strategic collaborations.

We launched the region’s first Conscious Investor Fellowship in collaboration with our partners startAD, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) and Hub71, with over 50% female fellows and 70% GCC nationals joining our first cohort.

We provide market insights, data analytics and insights on the focus areas in which we participate in. This is a repository for our thoughts on early-stage investing and specific themes, theses and trends we’re examining along the way.


Deepak Chopra


Angela Strange

Andreessen Horowitz

Hadi Partovi & SuperAngel

Fritz Lanman

ClassPass & SuperAngel

Sam Hodges

Funding Circle

Vani Kola

Kalaari Capital

Sabah Al Binali


Jake Zeller


Jacob Mullins

Shasta Ventures

Ravi Belani

Alchemist Accelerator

Pule Taukubong

CRE Venture Capital

Ahmed Al-Qassim

Emirates NBD Capital

Jonathan Nelson


Jeff Lynn


Anshuman Bapna

Makemytrip Group

Becky Anderson


Issa Aghabi


Wai Lum Kwok

Abu Dhabi Global Markets

Jillian Manus

Structure Capital

Mona Hamdy

Harvard University

Eyad Latif

Latham & Watkins

Caroline Faraj


Dr Saeeda Jaffar

Alvarez & Marsal

John Tate


Winston Ma

China Silkroad Investment
& Development

Sharif El-Badawi

500 Startups

Ken Miller

Ken Miller Capital

Owen Davis

NYC Seed

Lina Hediah


Vikas Shah


Noor Sweid

Global Ventures

Chris Rogers

Lumia Capital

Paul Simon

Lord Fink’s Family Office

Claudine Emeott

Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund

Rehana Nathoo

Spectrum Impact

Vidya Vasu-Devan

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Caitlin Dolkart


Alex Gershenson


Dimple Sahni

Anthos Fund and Asset Management

Beau Seil

Patamar Capital

Peter Bruce-Clark

Social Impact Capital

Karim Harji

Said Business School, University of Oxford

Brian Treslstad

Bridges Fund Management

Chézard Ameer

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Michelle Giddens

Bridges Fund Management