This article showcases our top picks for the best United Arab Emirates based Venture Capital companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Venture Capital industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United Arab Emirates Venture Capital Companies
Yallacompare is the finance comparison site in the middle east with operations across 9 countries in the mena region. Since 2011 they have helped users compare banking products saving each one thousands of dollars every year.
Since banking and insurance go hand in hand, they told their team to go out and build a platform that could save their users even more money. Their insurance tech is state of the art and built right here in the uae by their team of ninja geeks.
Thanks to the efforts of their ninja geeks, you can now easily compare the price of your home insurance from the leading insurers with just a few clicks. Best of all, you can buy online and get your policy issued instantly..
Jabbar Internet Group
The exit of Souq to Amazon is the largest tech transaction of the region, and Souq continues to pave the way in e-commerce in the region. Souq was built from the ground up by the same team at Jabbar, who built the Maktoob portal before that.
Maktoob was born out of a simple idea but with a vision that the Arabic Internet will grow and become an integral part of everybody’s life, and grew to become the largest Arabic Internet property before Yahoo acquired it. Both the Souq and Maktoob stories have become inspiring success stories in the region, where budding entrepreneurs and VC’s alike, look to our team for inspiration and new ideas.
Today Jabbar continues to grow and pave the way for tech in the region. It is in this spirit that we embrace any entrepreneur who is willing to innovate and take risks in order to create something great.
Jabbar nurtures such individuals and supports nascent ideas that are in line with its mission. So join our journey :-).
Global Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in founders and ideas across emerging markets. The firm specializes in the fields of data infrastructure, mobile, cybersecurity, retail, fintech, travel tech, and ed-tech.
It was founded in 2018 and headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.. .
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is the exclusive provider of electricity and water services in Dubai. DEWA was formed in 1992 following the merger of the Dubai Electricity Company and the Dubai Water Department which had been operational independently since 1959.
DEWA’s 9,700 employees do their best to manage the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and water across the emirate. Customers DEWA serves a large customer base across the emirate.
DEWA provides 652,200 customers with electricity and 580,678 customers with water (2013 figures). Core Objectives: As part of the Government of Dubai, DEWA’s core objectives are: – To establish, manage, operate, and maintain electricity generation and water desalination plants and power and water transmission and distribution networks in Dubai.
– To develop and maintain water resources and supply drinking water. – To support the vision of Dubai Government to promote sustainable development by driving energy and water use efficiency and investing in alternative energy sources.
Performance: DEWA’s electricity generation capacity as of 2013 was 9,656MW. Its water production was 470 million imperial gallons per day.DEWA has achieved very competitive results in terms of efficiency and reliability compared to international utilities.
This is demonstrated as follows: – Customer Minutes Lost per year in 2013 was only 5.62 minutes compared to the global standard of 16.4 minutes – Network Line Losses in 2013 was 3.46% compared to 6-7% in Europe & the US – Water Network’s Losses in 2013 was 10.4% compared to 15% in North America Headquarters & Customer Service Centres: DEWA’s headquarters are located in Zabeel East, between Wafi Mall and the Grand Hyatt hotel and opposite Dubai Police Officers’ Club on Sheikh Rashid Road. DEWA has 15 customer service centres across Dubai.
Digital Spring Ventures
Digital Spring Ventures (DSV) is a global emerging markets venture capital investor, supporting the growth of the next generation of technology unicorns coming out of some of the fastest-growing and most exciting markets in the world. We specialize in scaling businesses, providing the growth capital and strategic support necessary to assist entrepreneurs in building regional champions and global leaders.
Our successful first fund, DSV I, with commitments of over $120M, is focused on Eastern Europe and the CIS, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia, featuring companies like BetterMe, Jiji, Dnevnik, Genesis, and 2c2p. For more information on us and our growing portfolio, please visit us at http://dsventures.com.
The Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre – DTEC
The Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (DTEC) is a purpose-built startup incubator that accommodates and supports new technology companies. It offers technopreneur office spaces and business licenses as well as multiple visas per company.
DTEC is one of the largest technopreneuship centers in the region, comprising of more than 350 desk workstations and offices. Its facilities include 24-hour access and storage, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, printer stations, and office support.
The Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre was founded in January 2015 and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.. .
Vuja De Capital
Vuja De Capital is a venture capital firm that seeks to invest in companies operating in the cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, blockchain and online sectors. Vuja De Capital is actively seeking new startups to collaborate with who are involved in Nanotechnology, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence Software and Biomedics.
Gomez Grupo acquired 28 June 2019.. .
Global Digital Assets Fund is a leading digital assets and proprietary investment fund based in Dubai and Australia. We bring disruptive enterprise-grade technologies for crypto, private equity, currencies, futures and volatile and emerging markets.
We focus predominantly on emerging markets, institutional interest, innovative and value- generating companies, technologies, & people. GDA Fund is also the founding member of the AMTG Group—an exclusive 50 member group of top fund managers, traders, analysts, quants, investors and technologists that build and execute specialised trading strategies and investments on emerging markets.
We have been operating out of Sydney and Wollongong, Australia, since 2016 as a leading digital assets research, advisory & technology firm, applying professional trading, investing, portfolio management and R&D. Our algorithmic trading platform collected over 2 Billion+ market data points and included over 50+ custom-built software components.
Our investment strategies include: – Long-only approach to emerging technology assets classes. – Discretionary trading, system trading, arbitrage and advanced algorithmic trading, private equity, and M&A.
Our Vision Investing in the markets and assets that are powering the next generation of economic growth. We believe that the future of success in fund management depends on a deep, coherent understanding of this new age of both technology and finance..
Al Dhaheri Capital Investment Group
Al Dhaheri Capital Investment Group is a holding firm that uses diversified strategic business units with global vision. Al Dhaheri Capital Investment Group is committed to helping businesses through all stages of development.
It ventures through various industries and are experienced in developing entrepreneurial ideas into successful entities. It strives to consistently exceed clients’, employees’, and shareholders’ expectations by employing long term strategic planning to develop companies and business towards escalating levels of profitability and sustainability.
Al Dhaheri Capital Investment Group was founded on Dubai, United Arab Emirates.. .
The Food Fund
Food Fund was developed as a concept over 10 years ago by Costa Tomazos, the Chairman of Food Fund International, who started his F&B experience in the 1970s by opening one of the first steakhouse chains in South Africa. Food Fund is a family-owned and run business, that now has several restaurants across the globe.
All of their restaurants are people focused, recruiting only the best to deliver high quality, and inspirational food concepts, managed by outstanding teams. As Chairman, Costa focuses on the strategic development of the group, combining all the elements of sound financial management with an exceptional amount of entrepreneurial flair, and consistently delivers viable concepts and solutions within the food industry – growing the Food Fund portfolio year on year, identifying new and exciting opportunities, and bringing them to life.
The Food Fund portfolio currently includes a number of independent F&B brands stretching across the globe in South Africa, UK, and Middle East.. .
Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development
Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development was launched on 3 June 2007 to help develop local enterprises in Abu Dhabi, with a total capital investment of AED 2 billion. The Fund aims to create a new generation of Emirati entrepreneurs by instilling and enriching the culture of investment amongst young people, as well as supporting and developing small to medium investments in the United Arab Emirates.
With a total capital of 2 billion Khalifa Fund provides integrated and comprehensive program to meet the needs and requirements of investors seeking to establish or expand investments.. .
Naseba offers business facilitation expertise in growth markets. Naseba brings you exposure to the right knowledge, the right people, and the right opportunities.
Naseba supports you with educating your workforce, entering new markets, raising capital, securing partners and closing sales. Our services include investor introduction, industry meetings, leadership forums, and professional training.
Investor introduction provide pre-qualified business cases with direct meetings with pre-screened investors to access capital. Industry meetings connect pre-screened purchasing decision makers with solution providers to shorten their sales cycle.
Leadership forums bring together business executives through an interactive agenda of keynotes, panels and workshops produced to drive change. Professional training offers a wide range of executive courses, crafted to advance careers and execute business strategy.
Naseba partners with governments, key figures in media, industry and academia to add real value to our network worldwide. Since inception in 2002, Naseba has connected over 80,000 executives globally through more than 700 proprietary business platforms.
Naseba operates from 4 main offices in Bangalore, Chicago, Dubai and Riyadh, and local representatives in Algeria, China, Malaysia, Portugal and Spain. Naseba.
SFM Corporate Services
SFM Offshore (SFM Corporate Service SA) provides company formation with bank account opening. As a member of several reputable associations, such as The International Fiscal Association, the International Tax Planning Association, the Geneva Chamber of Industry and Commerce and more, SFM Offshore (SFM Corporate Service SA) always keeps abreast of all the latest tax laws, their implications and strategies for maximizing and protecting its clients’ assets SFM Offshore (SFM Corporate Service SA) fully complies with laws and regulations in the different jurisdictions in which it incorporates companies and has offices worldwide.
SFM implements strict risk control procedures to avoid scam. .
SX2 Ventures helps innovation and long-term value creation in the human care segment like life sciences, longevity, specialized care like dementia care, and emerging market healthcare solutions. The company’s projects creates value in financial, experiential, and benefit to humankind.
It builds new companies and invest in existing businesses and will work in any market that it excels in. SX2 Ventures was founded on 2017 and is headquartered in Bridgetown, Barbados..
Isthmus Partners is a Dubai-based boutique firm specialized in financial strategy consulting for private companies. Isthmus Partners offers consulting services to corporates on financial strategy, business development, restructuring and growth.
It works with entrepreneurs to design and implement business plans for new ventures, helping to make their projects investment worthy. Isthmus Partners works with institutional investors to provide advice on portfolio companies and investment opportunities.
In real estate, Isthmus Partners advises on financial feasibility studies and real estate development, from early stage to late stage projects. Isthmus Partners carries out mandates in different geographies and offers discrete services in most cases working directly with the owners of the client companies..
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