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The State of MENA Startup Funding – Statistics and Trends

December 27, 2018

The Startup ecosystem in MENA region is growing as 64% of working age respondents prefer to start their own businesses and more than 70% of entrepreneurs took first steps to establish their business in last 5 years. The private equity market in MENA region has made over 175 investments  and raised over 992 Million USD in 2015. In terms of investment by sector, Consumer and Goods got 33% of investment followed by Services and Education (13%), Oil and Gas (11%) and Healthcare (11%) . Check out our infographic “The State of MENA Startup Funding” for latest statistics and trends.

The State of MENA startup funding

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Estimated size of Private Equity Market in MENA Region

 Year Estimated Amount of Funds raised (in USD Million) Number of investments
2010 1224 76
2011 1057 93
2012 863 101
2013 744 66
2014 1229 72
2015 992 175

Investment Value By Sector

  Sector Investment Value
Consumers and Goods 33%
Services and Education 13%
Oil and Gas 11%
Healthcare 11%
IT 8%
Food and Beverages 8%
Financial Services 7%
Transport 5%
Others 4%

Investment Value by Region

Region 2014 2015
UAE 55% 7%
KSA 21% 21%
Egypt 8% 19%
Turkey 6% 15%
Jordan 3% 13%
Others 7% 25%

29% of investors feel that that entrepreneurs lack the ability to pitch their ideas effectively.

 

Top Skills Entrepreneurs lacking in MENA region according to investors

 Skill %age
Strategic planning and decision making 56%
Financial literacy skills 44%
Business Development 33%
Dealing with investors 22%
General Management 16%
Soft Skills 6%
Training Employees 3%
General Education 2%
Others 6%

Top Challenges and Barriers to the Growth for the MENA private Equity Industry

 

Challenges %age
Fund Raising 20%
Exit Opportunities 16%
Market Regulations 16%
Shortage of quality investment Opportunities 12%
Oversupply of Capital/Competition 8%
Transparency 8%
Lack of debt finance 4%
Others 16%