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.
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.
Human Centric and Data Driven
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.
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
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!
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
Learn about the MENA market, growing an international business, and stakeholder management.
Feasibility study, market penetration plan and stakeholder mapping.
Access to networks in Australia and overseas of industry contacts, mentors, experts and investors.
Receive mentoring from Hatch Quarter and leading experts from the startup, tech, and corporate sectors.
Receive templates, processes, guides and feedback to enhance your business readiness.
HQ Program Team
Dr Husam Wafai
Entrepreneurs and Experts
Dr. Abdullah Alajlan
Zeid Y. Husban
Application Closes 1 am (AEDT), 2nd of April, 2021
The 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. 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!
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