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"twofour54 ibtikar provides financing and support for businesses and individuals targeting the Arab media and entertainment industry. ibtikar offers funding and support to young Arabs with great ideas. This includes seed funding, investment in content development guidance and planning. We help entrepreneurs get great ideas off the ground."
"The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a regional program that helps citizens in the Middle East and North Africa develop more pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies." MEPI provides local grants for social entrepreneurs in amounts up to $100,000 USD."
“Envestors Dubai is currently the only active Business Angel Network in the region, connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors. Our expertise lies in determining how best to present a company to investors to give it the best chance of raising investment.”
Middle East Venture Partners
“MEVP is a Middle East-focused venture capital firm that invests in the early and growth stages of innovative companies run by talented entrepreneurs primarily, but not exclusively, in Lebanon and the greater Levant region.”
“N2V (National Net Ventures) is one of the largest Internet holding companies in the Arab region with a core business of creating innovative web and mobile web ventures. N2V invests capital in a wide variety of ventures (from start-ups to established companies) and offers infrastructure, resources, tools, expertise and know-how.”
"We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works."
"We offer an innovative way to raise money (Crowdfunding) and tangible opportunities to take creative products and endeavors to next level (LaunchPad Opportunities). RocketHub is a destination for emerging artists and entrepreneurs, and those who wish to discover and support innovative work."
"Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields."
"Anyone can start raising money right now on IndieGoGo! You can create a funding pitch, offer unique perks or tax deductions to your contributors in lieu of offering profit (you always keep 100% ownership), and get the word out! Each campaign has the opportunity to be featured on our homepage, placed in the press, or exposed via social media."
"IgnitionDeck is a crowdfunding platform for WordPress that allows you to fund projects on your own terms. Whether you’re looking for a Kickstarter alternative outside of the US, or simply looking to get more control over the funding process, IgnitionDeck is designed to help you do one thing and do it well – raise money in order to create something amazing."
"Willow Impact Funds invest in for-profit companies that are committed to generating positive, sustainable and demonstrable social and environmental impact while complying with a commercial imperative."
Small Enterprise Assistance Funds
"SEAF is an investment management group that provides growth capital and business assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and transition markets underserved by traditional sources of capital. Through our network of offices around the world, we invest in entrepreneurs to build successful businesses, realizing both attractive returns for our investors and a measurable development impact in local communities"
"Bridges Ventures is a sustainable growth investor whose commercial expertise is used to deliver both financial returns and social and environmental benefits. We believe that market forces and entrepreneurship can be harnessed to do well by doing good. We currently have three types of funds under management: the Bridges Sustainable Growth Funds, the Bridges Property Funds and the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund."
Norwest Venture Partners
"For more than 50 years, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses. The firm manages more than $3.7 billion in capital, has funded over 500 companies since inception and has demonstrated an exemplary track record producing premier investment returns during differing capital market environments. NVP is a global fund dedicated to both domestic and international investment."
"As an international investor, we work with talented management teams to develop businesses that have potential for significant growth. We focus on Private Equity, Infrastructure and Debt Management and invest across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our business relationships. These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio, shareholders and fund investors."
"The Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (Wa’ed) targets high impact entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing non-collateralized loans and end-to-end support." Wa'ed provides funding and incubation support to entrepreneurs who are citizens of the GCC or residents of Saudi Arabia.
"Intel Capital's vision is to be the preeminent global investing organization in the world. Our mission is to make and manage financially attractive investments in support of Intel's strategic objectives."
"CedarBridge invests in solid and promising MENA companies and management teams. We then support them both financially and operationally to achieve exceptional growth."
"The Oasis 500 is the MENA region’s premier education and counselor driven seed investment program. Set in Jordan, we concentrate on accelerating the transformation of information & communications technology (ICT), mobile and digital media ventures in our corner of the world. Our candidates and their ideas will embody and embolden a movement that will stir up a new breed of entrepreneur in the Arab world."
"Tenmou is Bahrain´s first Business Angels Company, which provides both mentorship and capital to high-potential, innovative Bahraini entrepreneurs from the seed stage. Through the support and mentorship provided by our Angel shareholders, all of whom are established businessmen and successful entrepreneurs in their own right, we look to give these new entrepreneurs the greatest chance of success."
"Sequoia Capital invests between $10M-$100M in companies addressing the energy, financial services, healthcare services, internet, mobile, outsourcing services and technology markets. We prefer to be the first investor and business partner in a growth stage company that is profitable and fast growing and where the team and products (or services) are proven."
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers
Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers (KPCB) invests across all stages of new ventures: seed, early and growth. KPCB focuses on a range of market sectors, including digital, greentech and life sciences. KPCB also invests in projects in China. KPCB offers investment initiatives crafted to match each venture.
"alJazeera Capital's directory consists of the largest community of investment firms comprising of Venture Capital, Private Equity, Project Finance, Investment Funds, Investment Banks, Sovereign and Private Wealth Funds in the Gulf with a track record of capital investment in start-up and existing businesses."
"Masdar Capital seeks to build a portfolio of the world’s most promising renewable energy and clean technology companies. It helps its portfolio companies grow and scale-up by providing capital and management expertise. Masdar Capital targets investments that have the greatest potential globally and to the UAE and is particularly focused on the following sectors: clean energy, environmental resources, energy and material efficiency and environmental services."
Riyada Enterprise Development
Abraaj Capital established Riyada Enterprise Development (RED) in 2009 as an independent platform dedicated to investing in the vibrant small and medium enterprise (SME) segment across the MENASA region. RED has been established specifically to provide a solution to impediments to growth, drawing upon a dedicated 30+ person team of investment and operating professionals on the ground in all of its markets, further supported by the broader Abraaj platform.
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