January 2018 Analytics Report
January 2018

The January 2018 Analytics Report summarises and analyses investments in MENA-based startups, including funding trends in countries, industries and funding stages, as well as comparisons and gap analyses. January 2018 saw $5.8M invested in 15 MENA-based startups, which was the slowest start to the year in recent history in terms of number of deals and investments.

 

What is included in this report:

 

- Executive Summary: Snapshot including the key takeaways from the report.

- All Deals in January 2018: All MENA-based startups that received investment in January 2018, including country, industry, funding amount, funding stage, and investors.

- January 2018 Funding Overview: High-level overview and analysis of all MENA-based startup funding over time (monthly, quarterly, and yearly), including a gap analysis to the previous year.

- Funding Stage Breakdown: Analysis of the different stages of funding, such as early stage, Series A, Series B, and how they compare and change over time.

- Industry Breakdown: Analysis of the most popular industries by number of deals and funding amount in January 2018 and YTD, as well as how they change over time.

- Country Breakdown: Analysis of the most popular countries by number of deals and funding amount in January 2018 and YTD, as well as any trends over time.

- Top News in January 2018: Highlight of the top news of January 2018

 

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January 2018 Investment Summary
 
  • January saw a slow start to the year with only 15 deals recorded
  • 6 of the deals were disclosed amounting to $5.8M
  • This was the slowest start to the year in recent history by # of deals and $ investments
  • Expect there to be a pick up in activity as the month progresses
  • Find a delay in announcements that get back dated as the quarter develops
 
Top three deals by disclosed investment size were:
 
  • Tamatem - $2.5m
  • Eyewa - $1.1m
  • MoneyFellows - $600k
 
Investment analysis breakdown:
  • 12 of the 15 deals took place at the SEED Stage with 1 Angel investment and 2 disclosed at Series A
  • 6 of the deals occurred in the UAE, 2 in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon with 1 in KSA, Tunisia and Egypt respectively
  • Investments were spread evenly across 9 different industries in January

 

 
 

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