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SVC pours $5 Million into VentureSouq’s financial technology fund

SVC pours $5 Million into VentureSouq's financial technology fund
Mayssae Ajzannay
Mayssae Ajzannay

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Saudi Venture Capital (SVC) Invests $5 Million in UAE's VentureSouq.

SVC's Investment Supports VentureSouq's New Fintech Fund as Part of a Broader Saudi VC Ecosystem Initiative.

VentureSouq, Founded in 2013 with a Global Reach, Attracts SVC's Investment; SVC, a 2018-established Government Entity, has Allocated $2 Billion for SMEs from Pre-Seed to Pre-IPO Stages.

Saudi Venture Capital (SVC) invested $5 million in a fintech fund overseen by VentureSouq (VSQ), which supports early-stage startups. This move aligns with SVC's commitment to bolstering the venture capital ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, with the fintech sector being a prime focus due to its rapid growth in 2022. Dr. Nabeel Koshak from SVC emphasized that this surge in fintech is facilitated by governmental drives like the "Saudi Fintech" initiative and the Kingdom's fintech strategy embedded within the Saudi Vision 2030 Financial Sector Development Program. Maan Eshgi of VSQ noted Saudi Arabia's dominance in the fintech arena within the MENA region and celebrated the continued partnership with SVC. Founded in 2018, SVC is a governmental subsidiary of the SME Bank aiming to finance startups and SMEs by injecting $2 billion into various funds and co-investments. SVC has invested in 43 funds to date, backing over 700 companies.

Press release:

Saudi Venture Capital (SVC) announced its investment of $5 million in a fintech fund managed by VentureSouq (VSQ). The fund will mainly back early-stage fintech startups. 

The subscription agreement was signed by Dr. Nabeel Koshak, CEO and Board Member at SVC, and Maan Eshgi, General Partner at VSQ. The signing ceremony was also attended by Nora Alsarhan, Chief Investment Officer, and Haifa Bahaian, Chief Legal Officer at SVC; as well as Musaab Hakami, Fintech General Partner at VSQ.

Dr. Koshak commented: "The investment in the fintech fund by VSQ is part of SVC's Investment in Funds Program to support the development of the VC ecosystem in Saudi Arabia for all sectors and stages. This investment also comes to foster the growth witnessed recently by the fintech sector, which made it at the forefront of the venture capital scene in Saudi Arabia in 2022 in terms of the number of deals and value of investment. 

Koshak further added: "This growth is driven by the launch of many governmental initiatives that stimulate the fintech sector, such as the "Saudi Fintech" initiative launched by the Saudi Central Bank in partnership with the Capital Market Authority. As well as the launch of the Kingdom's fintech strategy as a new pillar within the Saudi Vision 2030 Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP), which aims to support the Kingdom to be among the leading countries in the field of Fintech."

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Maan Eshgi commented: "Fintech continues to be one of the largest, most dynamic, and most consequential spheres of innovation in the world. It serves the application of new technologies, including web3, AI, and quantum computing. From a magnitude of impact standpoint, we see Saudi Arabia leading the MENA region in Fintech. We are honoured and thrilled with the continued trust of SVC, who has been a partner with VSQ for many years."

SVC is a government investment company established in 2018 and is a subsidiary of the SME Bank, one of the developmental banks affiliated with the National Development Fund. SVC aims to stimulate and sustain financing for startups and SMEs from pre-Seed to pre-IPO by investing $2 billion through investment in funds and co-investment in startups. SVC invested in 43 funds that have invested in 700+ companies.

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