The MENA region in 2020 saw a record of $1 Billion dollars of investment in startups.

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview and deep dive into the Middle East and North Africa venture capital and funding investment space and includes venture investment analysis: 


• A five-year trend analysis of venture capital funding by both dollar amounts and the number of transactions

• Deep dive into average ticket-size and median investment across Seed, Series A and Series B+ investments

• Comparison of International investors versus regional investors broken down by accelerator programs and venture investors (VCs, angels, private equity)

• Industry deep-dive analysis of industry and sector trends, including E-commerce, FinTech and EdTech over 5 years

• Business type analysis including B2B and B2C trend comparisons

• Deep dive into the investments across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan and Oman including the top 5 investments in each

• Review of all Exits including Mergers and Acquisitions in 2020

*This report aggregates and analyses tech startup investments in 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa - listed alphabetically: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia (KSA), Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen. 

The MENA region saw a record of $1 Billion dollars of investment in startups

Total funding was 13% up from 2019, although total deal count was down by 13% to 496 transactions. This increase in funding was driven in part by the $150M Series E round of EMPG, the largest investment in 2020. Later stage deals ($500K-$3M) increased by 52%, while Pre-Seed rounds (<$100K) halved YoY, a driver to the decrease in total deals

Below you can find a presentation of a sample from the report to see what is included:


Access previous Venture Capital Funding Reports:

MENA Venture Investment Report Q3 2020 
MENA Venture Investment Report H1 2020 
MENA Venture Investment Report Q1 2020
MENA Venture Investment Report 2019
MENA Venture Investment Report Q3 2019
MENA Venture Investment Report H1 2019




This report was created with data from MAGNiTT, which is a comprehensive directory of emerging tech and new business strategies through tools like:


Investment directories, a comprehensive list of all startup venture funding across the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey

Market Sizing Tools to visualize investment growth and trends across industries, geographies and stage

Startup Resources including a deal flow tool for applications to leading Venture Capitalists for investment

Exit comparisons, looking at Mergers & Acquisitions from across the region 


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