Analysis of Angel Investment in the MENA Region
Howdy? Happy 2016 – I was fortunate to attend the @SWDubai15 in Dubai in late November’15 and was very impressed with the entrepreneurial energy and talent which was showcased there. I met amazing folks and in discussions with a few folks got inspired to collect data regarding the startup and angel community in the MENA region as we at BVG look at focusing on MENA region ourselves.
In this post you will find the detailed gross wide funding comparison which gives an overview of investments across sectors. We will also see the popular startups and investors across different sectors who have successfully gained investments in excess of USD 25,000 in the past 3 years.Read full post
It will be followed by the detailed sector wide analysis of investments in different segments of various industries.
Inferences that can be made from this analysis:
- Core internet sectors like Ecommerce and Social Media constitute the highest number of Angel Investments.
- Core sectors like Infrastructure and Real Estate are leveraging the internet to foster new innovative startups which are few in numbers but there stake of received investment is high.
- The ecosystem for successful startups is clearly existent with firms like JP Morgan, Turn8, Oasis500 and other individual angel investors supporting potentially successful startups.
- Other startups which could not be a part of the sample population were either because they didn’t receive funds or currently don’t need them. They are still functional and operative.
The area under observation:
Major areas of potential startup investment in the Middle East, namely: Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain
Sources of Information Used:
Detailed quantitative information from Angel List, a verified online community of enlisted angel Investors and Startups
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