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Syarah closes its Bridge to B round investment, with participation from Impact46

Funding 10 months ago - Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 11:00 AM

Syarah closes its Bridge to B round investment, with participation from Impact46
Author: Press Release

Syarah, a platform for buying and selling cars in KSA has closed its B round of investment, with participation from Impact46 and an angel investor. The amount is undisclosed. This news comes over one year after they raised their Bridge round in March 2019. 

Syarah's recent funding insights:

Mar 2019 - Undisclosed, Bridge, Elm
May 2018 - $2M, Series A, BECO Capital, Raed VC, Vision Ventures, Elm
Oct 2016 - $600K, SEED, Raed VC, BECO Capital, Discovered Equity

• Syarah has expanded into offering new and used cars for both dealers and individuals, generating Mojaz car history reports for used cars, facilitating car financing, and has marked itself to be the go-to online channel for both individual sellers and traditional auto showrooms.
• Syarah Online allows the end-user to buy their car completely online and have the car shipped and delivered to their doorstep, offering the full process online without the need to contact or visit a dealer showroom.
• They have around 300 active dealers from across the Kingdom and have sold more than 1800 cars online since last year.

Co-Founder and CEO, Salah Sharef shared what the funding will be used for, "Syarah Online is on a mission to disrupt and reshape the way cars are bought and sold in the region. Our new partnership with Impact46 will help us greatly towards achieving this goal."

Read the full press release below.


Syarah, an online marketplace for cars, closes its Bridge to B round of investment, for an undisclosed amount, with participation from Impact46 and an angel investor.

What started out as a cars listing website back in 2015, is quickly turning into one of the largest auto marketplaces in Saudi Arabia. Syarah is not only a used car listing today, but has rather expanded into offering new and used cars for both dealers and individuals, generating Mojaz car history reports for used cars, facilitating car financing, and has marked itself to be the go-to online channel for both individual sellers and traditional auto showrooms.

The team behind Syarah didn’t stop there, their commitment to digitizing the highly fragmented automobile market in the region has led them to launch a new service called “Syarah Online”. Syarah Online allows the end-user to buy their car completely online and have the car shipped and delivered to their doorstep, offering the full process online without the need to contact or visit a dealer showroom. With the right partners, Syarah also offers complementary services including selling warranties and extended warranties for cars, selling insurance, and roadside service (AAA).

Syarah has around 300 active dealers from across the Kingdom and has sold more than 1800 cars online since last year. Led by Salah Sharef and Fayez Alanazi, a strong complementary team of serial entrepreneurs with a great track record of founding a leading Arabic online classifieds/marketplace. The team combines both technical expertise and business savviness.

Co-Founder and CEO, Salah Sharef said, "Syarah Online is on a mission to disrupt and reshape the way cars are bought and sold in the region. Our new partnership with Impact46 will help us greatly towards achieving this goal. It will help us to improve our product offering and to better serve our users with a wider range of services.”

Co-founder and CMO, Fayez Alanazi added, “The partnership will open up new opportunities for innovation for Syarah, and this will help in creating new services for facilitating car buy and selling in the Kingdom. It will also help the Syarah team to continue enhancing it’s existing services, and to better execute future plans for improving the user experience and improving the quality of service and safety in the market.”

The use of this round will be focused on Increasing sales, expanding to new cities, Increasing inventory of used cars, and Integrating with financial institutions to offer auto financing leases. “Saudi Arabia is the largest automotive market in MENA accounting for 40% of total car sales. Syarah is well-positioned to take the market not only by being one of the very first movers, but also by uniquely utilizing their expertise to hone the opportunities in this underserved space. In the past couple of months alone, we’ve seen great growth in our investment. Only a team like Salah And Fayez can turn what might seem like an ‘economically off-season’ to an all time record of online car sales.” Noted Kholoud Almohammadi from the Impact46 Team.


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The Lebanese startup ecosystem saw an increase of 18% in startup deals between 2018 and 2019, with 45 deals taking place. While the number of investments has gone up, the majority of these involve Early-Stage companies. Discover more details in our 2019 Lebanon Venture Investment Report.

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