Middle East investors continue to pour into startups

August saw a number of startup investments and deals reported in the region. Below are some of the major recent startup fundings involving Middle East-based investors compiled by Zawya:

G42 invests in Jollychic

Jollychic is a Chinese cross border e-commerce platform based in the Middle East. G42, a tech company, has announced an investment of $65 million in the platform. The startup plans to use this funding to make improvements in its logistical operations, increase its segmentation and develop e-wallets and a third-party payment system.

Lamar Holding invests in TechAdvance

Lamar Holding, Bahrain’s energy investment company, invested $1 million in TechAdvance.

TechAdvance is a Lagos-based payment infrastructure company which develops payment applications. The funding will be used by the company to expand its business in ever changing markets.

Nana Raises $6.6 million Series A

Nana, a Saudi based online grocery platform, has raised $6.6 million in a Series A funding round led by MEVP (Middle East Venture Partners) and KSA focused VC Fund Impact46. Wamda Capital and SVC (Saudi Venture Capital) have also participated in the deal.

The CEO and founder of Nana Direct, Sami Alhelwah, expressed his ambitions of tackling consumer challenges and build technologies to resolve it.

MEVP invests in Bykea

Bykea is a Pakistan-based logistics, payments and transport startup. MEVP (Middle East Venture Partners) has invested $2 million in the company, as part of Bykea's $5.7M Series A funding round. Bykea also offers motorbike hailing and parcel delivery services.

Founded in 2017, Bykea has some strong names behind it, such as Muneeb Maayr, who was one of the founding members of Daraz, an e-commerce store which is now owned by Alibaba.

Vy Capital funds UrbanClap

UrbanClap is an Indian home services marketplace which managed to raise $75 million in a Series E round led by Tiger Global and including the participation of Dubai-based Vy Capital.

Falcon Network invests in 6 startups

Falcon Networks, a group of emerging market focused investors, made investments worth $450,000 in 6 new startups, which the network considers to have high potential for growth and can make an impact.

Falcon Network’s co-founder Dr Sayd Farook commented on these investments, saying “These exciting businesses will not only benefit from the financial capital but also strategic expertise, which our angels will provide in order to accelerate their growth potential.” These 6 startups included Caravan, Teacherly, Aion Sigma, Virtual, Saaya Health and WorkAround.


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