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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

 YearEstimated Amount of Funds raised (in USD Million)Number of investments
2010122476
2011105793
2012863101
201374466
2014122972
2015992175

Investment Value By Sector

 SectorInvestment Value
Consumers and Goods33%
Services and Education13%
Oil and Gas11%
Healthcare11%
IT8%
Food and Beverages8%
Financial Services7%
Transport5%
Others4%

Investment Value by Region

Region20142015
UAE55%7%
KSA21%21%
Egypt8%19%
Turkey6%15%
Jordan3%13%
Others7%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 making56%
Financial literacy skills44%
Business Development33%
Dealing with investors22%
General Management16%
Soft Skills6%
Training Employees3%
General Education2%
Others6%

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

 

Challenges%age
Fund Raising20%
Exit Opportunities16%
Market Regulations16%
Shortage of quality investment Opportunities12%
Oversupply of Capital/Competition8%
Transparency8%
Lack of debt finance4%
Others16%

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