In 2019 YTD, there have been 163 institutions that invested in MENA-based startups, more than any year before. In the entire year of 2018, there had been 159 investors, 4 less than in 2019 thus far. This in-depth report looks at the origin of these investors, the type of investors (e.g. VC, Accelerator, Angel Group), new investors and funds being set up across the region, as well as the most active investor by funding stage.


Another key trend that the report looks into is exits. In 2019 YTD, there have been 20 startup exits, which have all been named in the report – this equals the previous all-time high of 2017, during which there were also 20 startup exits. However, mainly due to Careem's $3.1B exit to Uber, 2019 has seen the highest cumulative exit amount of any year in recorded history. Learn more about the top industries for exits, the individual exits and their acquirers, as well as the countries that rank highest in terms of exits in the full report.