Lebanese startup deals jump 18% from 2018 to 2019, while funding dropped

As one of the oldest startup ecosystems in the region, Lebanon is home to a number of high-profile startups, including music streaming service Anghami. However, with 45 deals, the country saw more investments than 2018, only coming second to 2017.


Funding, on the other hand, has been fluctuating, as it depends heavily on later-stage investments. While the ecosystem sees more Early Stage deals, it is still nascent, with a limited number of big-ticket investments.


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Moreover, more startups are entering the forray, as the number of Early Stage deals also saw a significant boost: its share increased by 18% from 2018 to 2019, increasing the number of deals by 18% from 2018 to 2019. Hence, while the number of investments has gone up, they are mainly at the Early Stage, with big-ticket Later Stage investments remaining stagnant.