The Q3 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. Q3 2018 saw $82M invested in 62 MENA-based startups. Total estimated funding, including calculations for undisclosed deals, over the first 9 months of 2018 amounted to $325M.
The Q3 2018 MENA Venture Investment Report does a full deep dive into the MENA startup ecosystem across the region. The table of contents for the 60+ page report can be found here:
● Executive Summary
● Funding Overview
● Country Breakdown: Historical review by industry, funding stage, deals & investors: UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan & KSA
● Industry Breakdown: Historical review by geography, stage, deals & investors: FinTech, E-commerce & Transport
● Funding Institutions: List of Funders, breakdown by stage
● Exits: Historical review and details on all exits in Q3 2018
● Top Deals in Q3: Commentary and breakdown of the top deals in Q3
● Methodology & Definitions
What is included in this report:
- Executive Summary: Snapshot including the key takeaways from the report.
- All Deals in Q3 2018: All MENA-based startups that received investment in Q3 2018, including country, industry, funding amount, funding stage, and investors.
- Q3 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 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 Q3 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 Q3 2018 and YTD, as well as any trends over time.
- Top News in Q3 2018: Highlight of the top news of Q3 2018
- ● The amount invested in MENA-based startups in Q3 2018 was roughly on par with Q2 2018, as $82M was invested across 62 deals.
- ● Deal activity declined in Q3 2018 relative to Q2 2018, although there was a pick-up of announcements and activity in September 2018.
- ● Total estimated funding, including calculations for undisclosed deals, over the first 9 months of 2018 amounted to $325m. This is down $95m from the same period in 2017, which amounted to $420m (excl. Careem’s $150m investment in June 2017).
- ● The UAE continued to account for the largest share of startup deals (29%) and investment amount (61%) in 2018 YTD, with the emergence of the Egyptian, Lebanese, Jordanian, and Saudi Arabian ecosystems
- ● 2018 YTD most active venture capital investors were 500 Startups (28), MEVP (12) Arzan Capital (9) being the most active by number of investments
1. 2018 YTD Funding:
● 239 investments were made in the first nine months of 2018, which marks a 4% decrease compared to the number of deals for the same 9-month period in 2017.
● In 2018 YTD, total disclosed funding in startups was down 38% to $238m compared to the same period in 2017 (when stripping out Careem’s $150m investment in June 2017).
● 37% of investments were shared with undisclosed figures in 2018 YTD, up 20% from the same period in 2017.
● Total funding in 2018 YTD, including calculations for undisclosed deals, amounted to $325m, which is down $95m from the same period in 2017.
2. Funding Institution activity:
- ● 500 Startups remains the most active venture capital investor by number of deals, accounting for 28 investments, followed by MEVP with 12 deals and Arzan Capital with 9.
- ● Moreover, accelerator programs remain a key stakeholder in supporting early-stage startups, with Flat6Labs Cairo graduating 18 firms, as well as Oasis 500, Flat6Labs Bahrain, Flat6Labs Beirut and Flat6Labs Tunis graduating cohorts of 8 startups each.
- ● Emerging active investors to the MENA region in 2018 include Flat6labs Bahrain, Kingsway Capital, Cedar Mundi, Phoenician Funds and Fikra Labs.
3. Investment Breakdown:
- ● The UAE continued to account for the largest share of startup deals (29%) and startup funding (61%) in 2018 YTD.
- ● Both Egypt and Lebanon saw an increase of 4% in the number of startup deals in the first 9 months of 2018 compared to H1 2018, reflecting increased activity over the summer.
- ● E-commerce still remains the most active industry with regards to startup investment in 2018 YTD, accounting for 12% of all transactions and 23% of disclosed funding.
- ● Early stage investment accounted for 77% of all transactions in 2018 YTD, down 1% from the same period in 2017, while accounting for only 19% of the total funding amount.
- ● 2018 YTD saw 34 Series A transactions and 6 Series B deals announced.