Halcyon MENA Fellowship, Spring 2023

The inaugural Halcyon MENA Intensive cohort features 27 social entrepreneurs from eight countries across the region, making powerful connections and building skills to grow their impact ventures. They participated in Halcyon’s first in-region residency, held in Amman, Jordan and are currently in their second in-region residency in Abu Dhabi.

We are excited to return to the region with the second cohort in March 2023.

With support from the U.S. Department of State and in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Marc and Leana Katz, this new cohort will receive two virtual meetings to bond as a group and receive programming, and a one week in-person residency capped off with a showcase event in the Middle East/North Africa region.

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MENA Intensive Program Features

While Intensive programming is tailored to the cohort, a few things are a given:

  • $25,000 USD in Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing credits
  • Additional technical support from AWS
  • Access to a world-class network of mentors and advisors
  • Bespoke training on key business skills and elements
  • Join a world-wide community of impact-driven entrepreneurs
  • Workshops with legal experts
  • $3,000 USD equity-free travel stipend per venture


To be eligible for this fellowship, you:

  • Must live in and have your venture based in the Middle East/ North Africa (MENA) Region. Your venture may be focusing on any business sector, as long as it is an early-stage impact-driven venture (i.e. prioritizes social and/or environmental good along with business success)
  • Applicant must be the CEO and/or hold primary decision-making power in the growth and strategic vision for the venture’s development and management
  • Must be able to make a full-time commitment to work on the venture during the residency phase (March 2023, specific week TBD)
  • Must be able to travel within the Middle East/North Africa region to attend the in-region residency (March 2023, specific week TBD) 
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program
  • You may apply on your own or with up to one Co-Founder who meets the above eligibility requirements.
  • Must be willing to contribute to the growth and development of Halcyon’s fellow community


To be eligible for this fellowship, your venture:

  • Must be an original idea of the applicant(s)
  • Must be early stage (you are too far along to benefit from Halcyon’s fellowships if your venture is earning $500,000 USD in annual recurring revenue)
  • Must be an independent or autonomous venture that is not under the direction of an existing organization
  • Must have plans for a sustainable business model to generate revenue by selling a core product or service
  • Must be a for-profit or hybrid venture with the core mission is to create measurable social and/or environmental change
  • May not be a 501(c)(3) non-profit venture
Selection Criteria & Process