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Saudi university launches conscious investment programme

university lecturerThe King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has partnered with investment platform, VentureSouq, to develop a learning programme for investors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) looking to create sustainable change through impact investments. The Conscious Investor Fellowship is a six week course that will run from October 7 to November 25 concluding during the Angel Rising Symposium, an annual event dedicated to the region’s venture capital market. The course, which is aimed at family offices, corporate and government entities and individual investors, will cover investment strategies, startup diligence and valuations, impact measurement, portfolio management and global sector trends in the impact investment space. In addition, there will be thematic masterclasses available as well as the ability to invest in live deals through VentureSouq’s Conscious Collective Fund. “We are starting to see more deep tech startups emerging from the ecosystem, disrupting existing industries and creating new solutions to these challenges,” said Hattan Ahmed, head of the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center. “The Conscious Investor Fellowship is a key step to advancing this ecosystem and educating regional investors about the potential of emerging technologies and their long-term value. For Saudi Arabia in particular, there is a unique opportunity to nurture this deep tech ecosystem for real economic transformation.” © 2020 funds global mena

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