Who is backing Sarwa?


Our Venture Capital firms are:

Kuwait Projects Company (Holding) KIPCO - www.kipco.com - Kuwait

KIPCO’s operations extend across the Middle East and North African region, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea. With holdings in sectors such as financial services, media, manufacturing and real estate, KIPCO Group comprises over 60 companies and employs over 16,000 people in 24 countries. Founded in 1975, KIPCO has since become one of the MENA region’s most successful companies.

“KIPCO is delighted to be making its first fintech investment in Sarwa, which shares our belief in the need to encourage more people in the region to save by making available more accessible and reliable investment platforms. Sarwa speaks the language of the younger generation, an important and growing untapped segment. Our investment will give Sarwa access to KIPCO’s network of businesses and clients across the region, thus enabling the fintech company to benefit from our regional presence as we strive together to grow the business and expand its reach.” Osama T. Al Ghoussein, KIPCO SVP Banking and Sarwa Board Member.


Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) - www.investinabudhabi.ae/  - United Arab Emirates

ADIO provides a comprehensive range of services to potential investors along every step of their investment journey. Aiming to position Abu Dhabi as a destination for investment in the future economy and enabling investment attraction through robust partnerships in order to achieve further growth and diversification in knowledge sectors.

Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) said: “Sarwa is among a new wave of tech startups that are thriving in the UAE as our FinTech sector continues to flourish. ADIO’s funding will enable Sarwa to expand its UAE operations, creating new opportunities for employment in Abu Dhabi’s tech sector. We are committed to supporting innovation-led businesses to establish and grow in the emirate of Abu Dhabi through our Ventures Fund.”


Hambro Perks -https://www.hambroperks.com/ - United Kingdom 

Hambro Perks is a venture firm that backs, builds and scales global companies. We nurture entrepreneurship.

 “As a tech-enabled financial platform with strong growth in the region, Sarwa is an excellent addition to our portfolio. Hambro Perks backs game-changing companies and Sarwa has the potential to reinvent its sector. This is the first of many investments Hambro Perks plans to make in the Gulf in 2020 and we are excited that Sarwa is our steppingstone here.”  Ali Qaiser, Managing Director at Hambro Perks


Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) - https://www.difc.ae/ -United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Financial Centre is a top ten global financial centre and the leading financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.


Phoenician Funds - http://phoenicianfunds.com/ - Lebanon

Founded in 2015, Phoenician Funds is at the heart of thriving capitals of digital innovation and startup ecosystems in the Middle East and North Africa Region. We are seasoned advisors, devoted problem solvers and serial entrepreneurs, who share a passion for technology and proactively seek opportunities in sectors that are ripe for disruption. Our team actively supports founders to co-shape successful ventures in the early stages of investment, and create value across the investment life-cycle. We provide strategic guidance, market access and insights, linkages to proprietary networks as well as proven execution capabilities to drive long-term success of our portfolio companies. The team launched Phoenician Fund I (“PF I”) in 2016, which primarily focuses on seed and early stage companies operating in Fintech and other attractive sectors in MENA.

Shorooq Investments - www.shorooq.ae - Global
Best practice investing here in the region – we aspire to help the daring to build a brighter future. Our investment values are built on the principles that founders and entrepreneurs should own and lead their young companies with close relationship, strategic support & guidance from their investors.


Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) - www.mevp.com - MENA
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 the Middle East Region with a focus on the GCC and Levant countries.


500 Startups - www.500.co - Global
500 Startups is a venture capital firm on a mission to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. We are one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world.


Women's Angel Investor Network (WAIN) - www.womensangelinvestornetwork.wordpress.com - MENA
The first investor network for women in the MENA region. Our goal is to build an informed ecosystem of women investors who support women entrepreneurs in the Arab world.


Hala Ventures - www.financialhorizons.com - KSA
Financial Horizon Group is committed to providing world-class consulting services to its clients whether it’s financial, recruitment or technology related. Serving both public and private sectors, Financial Horizon Group has established a proven track record by delivering quality service in a timely manner.


Saned Partners - www.sanedpartners.com - Lebanon
Saned Partners is an independently managed Venture Capital fund, aiming to nurture early-stage companies in the MENA region into growth and profitability. Our mission is to partner with entrepreneurs and to provide them with the means and resources to turn their projects into established, best-in-class businesses that offer exceptional all-around value to stakeholders.


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