H1 2020 saw more investment in fewer startups, already 95% of full-year 2019 funding

This venture report deep-dives into the first six months of 2020, highlighting key trends in the venture capital and startup ecosystem. Interestingly, despite COVID-19, there has been an increase of 35% in total funding from H1 2019 to H1 2020, with MENA-based startups raising $659M in the first six months of 2020. This is already 95% of full-year 2019 funding.

Check out our latest webinar between MAGNiTT's CEO and Founder, Philip Bahoshy, and Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, Fadi Ghandour, in a fireside chat around the findings of this H1 2020 MENA Venture Investment Report and to discuss what lies ahead in 2020 and beyond for the venture space in the region.

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With the increase in funding and on-going COVID-19 crisis, investors appetite has shifted to focus on later-stage investments as well as supporting portfolio companies with follow-on rounds. Moreover, many international investors took an interest in MENA-based startups, with 31% of all investors in H1 2020 coming from outside the MENA region.


Aside from a change in investment stage, many investors are choosing to invest in industries that are seeing increased demand in the current climate, like E-commerce, FinTech, EdTech, and HealthTech, among others. Read more by downloading the free snapshot, or take a look at the full report here.