The Q1 2021 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Food & Beverage Venture Report is one of MAGNiTT's flagship industry reports that takes a comprehensive look at the sector’s quarterly performance within the venture capital and startup ecosystems in the MENA region.


MENA Food & Beverage Startup Ecosystem in Q1 2021 - Key Highlights


•  F&B received the largest share of funding across all industries in MENA in Q1 ‘21. Capital deployed in this quarter alone reached almost half (49%) of the total capital deployed in the sector in FY ‘20.

•  In the MENA region, transactions within the F&B sector were closed only in UAE, KSA and Egypt.

•  The majority of F&B funding, 53%, went into UAE-based ventures.

•  KSA topped the ranking by deal count as startups in the country closed six deals within F&B in Q1 ‘21.

•  Top 3 F&B deals across MENA accounted for 3/4th of the region’s total funding deployed in the sector.

•  The average MENA F&B ticket size stood at $5.5M in the first quarter of 2021.

•  More than half of F&B investors were headquartered in KSA (53%).

What’s in the report?

This quarterly report provides a thorough overview of MENA’s Food & Beverage venture capital and funding investment space, and deep dives into specific updates on the following:

A 5-year analysis of MENA Food & Beverage venture funding evolution, with a focus on Q1 ‘21 country and industry performance benchmarks

MENA Food & Beverage top 10 investor ranking, together with the business type and HQ analysis of all firms in the region that have invested in F&B startups

Top 10 Food & Beverage startup funding rounds that were closed during the analysed period, as well as the ticket size split of the entire deal flow

Top 10 last exits in MENA-based Food & Beverage startups


Who will benefit from the report?

The MENA Food & Beverage Venture Investment Report is ideal for investors tracking startup activity, consultants looking to identify technology innovation trends, as well as government entities aiming to foster innovation in F&B.


This report was created with data from MAGNiTT, a comprehensive directory of technology innovation trends. The platform provides the following analytics tools:

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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*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.