MENA Fellowship

Join the movement for impact across the Middle East and North Africa through the MENA Fellowship. This program features two dynamic residencies, AWS cloud credits, mentorship, and a $5,000 USD stipend. Harness the power of cross-regional collaboration as you build the future of Health, Climate, and EquityTech.

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Solutions addressing climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience including but not limited to:

  • Renewable Energy Generation and StorageĀ 
  • Green Building Technologies
  • Climate Data and Analytics
  • Climate Smart Agriculture and Food Systems
  • WaterTech


Solutions leveraging technology to reduce barriers to quality, affordable healthcare and to improve physical and mental healthcare outcomes. Subsectors include but are not limited to:

  • Telemedicine, Remote Patient Monitoring, and Digital TherapeuticsĀ 
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Health Data Analytics and AIĀ 
  • MedTech
  • FemTech
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Health Finance
  • AgeTech/Longevity Tech


Solutions leveraging technology to increase social and financial inclusion and closing equity gaps in wealth, education, and accessibility. Subsectors include but are not limited to:

  • FinTechĀ 
  • Future of WorkĀ Ā 
  • Assistive TechĀ 
  • EdTech

Program Structure

  • Cohort of up to 10 ventures from across the MENA Region receive training in Halcyonā€™s methodology on business fundamentals, leadership, investment readiness, and impact
  • Program is delivered in hybrid modality with participants engaging in both virtual and in-person sessions:
    • 1 Virtual Program Kickoff MeetingĀ 
    • 4 Virtual Program Meeting Days
    • 1 week in-person residency in Washington, DCĀ 
    • 1 week in-person residency in the MENA Region (specific country to be announced)


  • October 20, 2023: Application closes
  • November/December 2023: Finalists invited to Virtual Pitch with Selection Committee
  • December 2023: Selected fellows will be notified
  • April 2, 2024: Virtual Program Kickoff
  • April 22-26, 2024: In-person residency in Washington, DC
  • May 2024: Virtual Meeting #1 (specific date to be announced)
  • June 2024: Virtual Meeting #2 (specific date to be announced)
  • July 2024: Virtual Meeting #3 (specific date to be announced)
  • August 2024: Virtual Meeting #4 (specific date to be announced)
  • September 30 – October 4, 2024: In-region residency (specific location to be announced)


Each program includes specific benefits to fellows. Fellows accepted into this program will receive the following:

  • $10,000 USD in Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing credits
  • Additional technical support from Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Access to a world-class network of mentors and advisors
  • Bespoke training on:
    • Business fundamentals
    • Investment readiness
    • Impact definition and measurement
    • Leadership
  • World-wide community of impact-driven entrepreneurs
  • Workshops with legal experts
  • $5,000 USD equity-free travel stipend per venture
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Weā€™re looking for (for-profit) startups that are building scalable solutions that are tackling challenges related to Health, Climate, or EquityTech in the Middle East & North Africa.Ā 

  • Location: Must have operations in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE), or Yemen
  • Stage: Must have a Minimum Viable Product that has the potential to scaleĀ 
  • Team:Ā 
    • May apply with up to one co-founder
    • Applicant must be the CEO and/or hold primary decision-making power
    • Must be fluent in English
    • Must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program
  • Program Engagement: Must be able to participate in all activities and programming sessionsĀ 
  • Impact: Must be developing a product and venture which contributes towards 1 or more of the UNā€™s 17 SDGs

In addition to eligibility, Halcyon scores each application based on 4 criteria: Impact, Scalability, Innovation, and Talent.

Selection Criteria


To what extent will the solution, if scaled, have a meaningful impact on society and/or the environment?


Could this venture scale to reach hundreds of thousands or millions of users in a 5-10 year time horizon?


Is the solution a novel approach to tackling the issue in their context?


Is the team uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges theyā€™ve identified?

Application Deadline: October 20, 2023