We had put this list together about two years ago but a lot has changed since then including the scope of our coverage which we’ve extended to Turkey & Pakistan too in the last year. So we’ve updated the list to include institutional investors from there too.
The list now features VCs, accelerators, and angel groups in: United Arab Emirates (Dubai & Abu Dhabi), Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Dammam & Khobar), Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman (Muscat), Egypt (Cairo & Alexandria), Jordan (Amman), Lebanon (Beirut), Tunisia (Tunis), Morocco (Casablanca), Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad), Turkey (Istanbul).
We’ve also removed the investors who have not been active for a very long time. The list still has some names that haven’t deployed capital for some time but we’ll keep an eye and continue removing the names that are not publicly announcing deals.
We’ve also added different new investors who’ve been actively investing in the region and are in the process of adding more.
If you’d like your firm to be included, please submit the listing using this form. For feedback, please feel free to send an email to zubair [at] menabytes [dot] com.
Updated on May 10, 2020.
Some background on the list (when we first published it):
With so much happening in MENA’s startup ecosystem, the number of VCs and angel investors is also growing. From governments to companies, everyone wants to invest in aspiring young entrepreneurs and their startups. Even though there are some international and regional resources that let you look for investors from the region but there’s no one-page curated list, at least to our knowledge. So this is our humble attempt to create a list where we could have all the tech investors including VCs, Angels, Government-owned institutes, accelerators, and incubators from the region.
We understand that the list may not have 100% accurate information but it would improve with time. We’ve tried to figure out things like investment criteria and verticals on our own considering their past investments.