March 2018 Analytics Report
March 2018

The March 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. March 2018 saw $20.46M invested in 21 MENA-based startups. The number of deals was 1 higher in March 2018 (21) compared to March 2017 (20). Q1 2018 ($36M) fell $25M short compared to Q1 2017 ($61M) in terms of total funding.

 

What is included in this report:

 

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

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

- March 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 March 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 March 2018 and YTD, as well as any trends over time.

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

 

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March 2018 Funding Summary
 
▪March saw an uptick in amount invested, despite a decline in the number of transactions undertaken
21 deals were disclosed in March 2018, amounting to $20.46M
−This was the highest amount invested in March in last 3 years, excluding 2017
−The number of deals was 1 higher in March 2018 (21) compared to March 2017 (20)
−Q1 2018 ($36M) fell $25M short compared to Q1 2017 ($61M) in terms of total funding
 
▪Top three March deals by disclosed investment size were:
−HolidayME- $12M
−Pawame - $2M
−The List - $1.7M
 
▪Investment analysis breakdown:
9 of the 21 deals took place at the SEED Stage, 2 disclosed at Series A and 1 disclosed at Series B
−UAE saw the highest number of investments (8), Other notable investments: Syria (4), Egypt (3), and Lebanon (3)
−Investments were spread across 13 different industries, with 3 deals in E-Commerce and Delivery & Logistics
 
 
 
 

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