According to MAGNiTT’s August 2020 Dashboard, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) startup ecosystem witnessed a 93% increase in total funding and a 48% drop in the number of deals when compared to the same month last year. Although August marked a record high by total funding for 2020 YTD, the region witnessed drops in both deal and funding activity when compared to the previous month July, 27% and 24%, respectively.
As is the norm in the MENA region, the United Arab Emirates accounted for the lion's share of 83% of total funding in August 2020, followed by Egypt and Jordan in second and third places, respectively. Due to the UAE-based Healthcare startup Sehteq's $20M Series A fundraise led by 971 Capital, the Healthcare industry ranked 1st by total funding raised last month. On the other hand, the Fintech sector saw the highest number of deals, accounting for 25% of investments in August.
Check out MAGNiTT's August 2020 Dashboard for a more comprehensive overview of country and industry performance last month.
Highest funded startups in August 2020
Sehteq is a digital health insurance platform launched in Nov 2017 in partnership with the Department of Economic Development, Government of Ras Al Khaimah, and Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zones RAKEZ to offer affordable health insurance plans to individuals, SMEs and companies.
The startup saw the highest funding raised in August 2020, witnessing a $20M Series A fund-raise led by 971 Capital, a UAE-based venture capital firm with a focus on healthcare and insurance.
Discover more than 115 UAE-based Healthcare startups on MAGNiTT
PayMob is a Payment Service Provider (PSP), offering a suite of financial technology infrastructure to serve end-consumers and merchants and increase financial inclusion, with the aim of converting cash into electronic money through value-added integrated payment solutions leveraging all existing payment channels.
Paymob's $3.5M Series A fund-raise was invested by A15, an Egypt-based venture capital firm that led Paymob's Seed funding round, the international venture capital FMO, and last but not least another international venture capital, Global Ventures.
Discover more than 85 Egypt-based Fintech startups on MAGNiTT
Eyewa is a tech-enabled E-Commerce platform based in the United Arab Emirates with the sole focus on eyewear.
Discover more than 470 UAE-based E-commerce startups on MAGNiTT
For a more comprehensive overview of venture investment activity, 2020 YTD investor and country rankings, and all the funding rounds that took place in the MENA region last month, check out MAGNiTT's August 2020 Dashboard.