HQ Global Bridges

Technology, science and innovation are creating incredible new economic and social opportunities locally and internationally for Australia.

Australia’s population is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse in the world. Immigrants are the main contributor to the population and economic growth in Australia.

This rich multicultural population is one of our greatest strengths, reflected in the inclusive and diverse Australian startup community and growing technology ecosystem. Making Australia a big technology and innovation hub with strong connections all over the world.


HQ MENA Bridge


APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 1st April 2021 11:59 pm (AEDT)

NEXT EVENT: 2nd September 2021 10:00 am (AEDT)


MENA Bridge for Startups is a global bridge program - designed to give exceptional Australian companies the tools and connections to enter and succeed in the booming Middle East and North Africa "MENA" markets.

This fee-based program is designed to hone your market-readiness and ability to scale into the MENA markets. We'll connect you with the region and support you to implement and test your plans with top industry leaders.

The Program

Human Centric and Data Driven

Screening Stage


25 Feb. 2021 - 01 Apr. 2021

Eligibility of applicants will be checked based on the Eligibility Criteria.


12 Apr. 2021 - 10 May 2021

Interviews and group activities will be conducted to select 10 applicants for the next stage.

Acceleration Stage


11 May 2021 - 13 Sep. 2021

Access to masterclasses, entrepreneurs-in-residence and experts to develop and create a feasibility plan and a penetration strategy.

T&C and Fees Applies

Implementation Stage


14 Sep 2021 - 1 Nov 2021

2 finalist startups will be selected to receive the support in starting and actioning their expansion plan.

Free for finalists


2 Nov 2021 - 2 Dec 2021*

10 days visit to meet your potential investors, stakeholders and partners face-to-face.  *Subject to COVID-19 restrictions

Free for finalists

Who We're Looking For

We're looking for leading and scalable Australian businesses that have expanded or are looking to expand internationally.

So, if you've got an inclusive mindset, a great tech product or solution, and are looking for the next booming markets, then this program is for you!

Eligibility Criteria

You're eligible to apply if you:

1. Are an Australian registered business
2. Have a working product or service
3. Have demonstrated traction through revenue

Industries & Verticals

This program is industry agnostic, however, following our research of the MENA region's markets and Australia's strengthens, these verticals demonstrate the greatest potential to address the region's challenges.


Agritech & Water Tech


Healthtech & Biotech




Energy & Sustainability Tech




Construction & Mining Tech


Cyber Security & Data Tech


IoT, AI & Machine

What You’ll Receive


Market Knowledge

Learn about the MENA market, growing an international business, and stakeholder management.


Business Strategies

Feasibility study, market penetration plan and stakeholder mapping.


Key Connections

Access to networks in Australia and overseas of industry contacts, mentors, experts and investors.


Market Expertise

Receive mentoring from Hatch Quarter and leading experts from the startup, tech, and corporate sectors.


Important Resources

Receive templates, processes, guides and feedback to enhance your business readiness.


This program is suitable for startups and companies who are ready to commit to their growth and interested in the MENA markets!

HQ Program Team

Entrepreneurs and Experts

Demo Day

Sep 2, 2021 05:00 PM

Are you interested in investing or collaborating? For this Demo Day, join us on the celebration of the progress the participating companies, listen to their plan for success and expansion, and be part of the networking activities.

Countdown To Event





Supported by

Funding Department
Platinum Sponsors
HQ Ecosystem Partners

Interested in applying to the program or working with us?

Be part of an inclusive community and one of the world's most thriving economies.