2019 MENA Venture Investment Report
February 2020

Your in-depth guide to MENA’s venture space in 2019.

2019 was a record-breaking year for MENA’s startups. We saw 564 deals made, which amounted to more than $700M of investment. This 100+ page report is your tool to gain a deeper understanding of what happened this year. Our in-depth report provides insights, analysis and commentary on the trends that matter to you. Based on MAGNiTT’s industry-leading and proprietary data on the VC and startup ecosystem in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), we break down trends on countries, industries, investors, funding stages, exits, and more. 

 

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What are the additional benefits of the full report?

Our view is that capital is a commodity, while smart capital is not. Below, we break down the additional benefits you will get access to with our full report compared to our summary, which is publicly available.

 


Venture Funding: The Venture Funding section provides a 5-year overview of the venture funding trends in the MENA region, including the evolution of total funding and deals. This includes a funding stage analysis, in which the share of total deals for each funding stage are highlighted . Moreover, only the full report provides you with the top 10 deals in 2019.


Geographies: Analysis of total funding and number of deals in all 17 countries in MENA in both 2018 and 2019, including percentage and rank changes. This is 12 more countries than the summary. Moreover, it provides a deep-dive into 5 specific countries: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Jordan. In these deep-dives, only available in this report, we analyse the 5-year funding and deal evolution, a funding stage evolution, as well as top industries, investors and funding rounds in each of the countries.


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Industries: Analysis of total funding and number of deals in all 28 industries in MENA in both 2018 and 2019, including percentage and rank changes. This is 23 more industries than the summary. Moreover, it provides a deep-dive into 3 specific industries: the FinTech, E-Commerce, and Delivery & Transport. In these deep-dives, only available in this report, we analyse the 5-year funding and deal evolution, a funding stage evolution, as well as top countries, investors and funding rounds in each of the industries. 


Investors: A deep-dive into investors in MENA-based startups. The most active investors are ranked, but unlike the summary, these investors are broken down by the most active ones by funding stage (e.g. Early Stage, Series A, Series B, Late Stage). Moreover, the report highlights all the new investors and funds that have been established in 2019, including their country, description and fund size. All this data is analysed in the full report only.


Exits: Lastly, the exit section highlights the trends in startup exits across the MENA region. This includes an exit evolution, but also all exits that took place in 2019, including the acquired startup, the acquisition amount, and the acquirer. This is analysed to identify key trends by geography, industry and acquirer type, providing a holistic understanding of the exit landscape in MENA. Everything, aside from the exit evolution, is exclusive to the full report. 


 

Do you have questions about the report, or simply want to learn more? Email Sietse@magnitt.com for more information.

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