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7 Venture Capital Firms in Abu Dhabi

By 
Nicolás Cerdeira
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Updated: 
November 8, 2022
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Finding the right VC firm or investor isn’t easy. Some will provide mentorship and operational expertise. Others will only provide you with the capital.

Here’s a list of the top venture capital firms in Abu Dhabi so that you can find an investor that fits you and your startup.

7 Venture Capital Firms in Abu Dhabi

1) 500 Startups

500 Startups

500 Global is a globally renowned venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech companies.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, India, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Cambodia, South Korea, Taiwan
  • City: San Francisco, Austin, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Miami, New York, São Paulo, Washington, Abu Dhabi, Baku, Cairo, Dubai, Manama, Riyadh, Bangalore, Bangkok, Hangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Jaipur, Kuala Lumpur, Nagoya, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Christine Tsai, Dave Mcclure
  • Industries: SaaS, Media, E-Commerce, Consumer, Healthcare, Proptech & Real Estate, Hardware & Industrials, Education, Devops, Fintech, Crypto & Blockchain
  • Stages: Early Stage, Seed
  • Minimum check size: $50,000
  • Maximum check size: $250,000
  • Number of investments: 2600
  • Number of exits: 339
  • Funds raised: $67,000,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Canva, Solana, Reddit

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@500startups.com.

2) Plug and Play Tech Center

Plug and Play Tech Center

Plug and Play provides an array of services including accelerators, mentorships, and capital to entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: USA, Canada, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Morocco, Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Italy, France, China, Japan, South Korea
  • City: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, São Paulo, Topeka, Toronto, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Basel, Ben Guerir, Cairo, Geneva, Hamburg, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Bangkok, Beijing, Kyōto, Ōsaka, Seoul, San Francisco
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Ali Safavi, Jackie Hernandez, Saeed Amidi
  • Industries: DTC, Enterprise, Fintech, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, InsurTech, IoT, Media, Transportation, Hardware, Proptech & Real Estate, Supply Chain & Logistics, Climate & Sustainability, Travel & Hospitality, Agriculture, Energy
  • Stages: Early Stage, Series A, Series B, Series C
  • Minimum check size: $50,000
  • Maximum check size: $250,000
  • Number of investments: 1447
  • Number of exits: 140
  • Funds raised: $45,500,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Truebill, Honey, Life360

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at investment@plugandplaytechcenter.com.

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3) BY Venture

BY Venture

BY Venture Partners is a venture capital based in UAE helping MENA companies expand to the global market.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • City: Abu Dhabi
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Gaith Yafi, Abdallah Yafi, Rami Jisr
  • Industries: Marketplace, Cybersecurity, Fintech, SaaS, DTC, E-Commerce, Enterprise, Gaming, Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Proptech & Real Estate, Big Data & Analytics
  • Stages: Early Stage, Late Stage
  • Number of investments: 81
  • Number of exits: 12
  • Funds raised: $37,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Huspy, Bookme, Grubtech

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@byvp.com.

4) MSA Capital

MSA Capital

Headquartered in Beijing, MSA backs Chinese tech entrepreneurs.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain
  • City: Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Manama
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Jenny Zeng
  • Industries: Health & Wellness, Consumer, Enterprise
  • Stages: Seed, Early Stage, Late Stage
  • Number of investments: 76
  • Number of exits: 13
  • Funds raised: $837,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Uber, Nio, Meituan

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@msacap.com.

5) Shorooq Partners

Shorooq Partners

Based in Abu Dhabi, Shorooq Partners is an early-stage venture capital backing founders in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain
  • City: Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Manama
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Mahmoud Adi
  • Industries: Healthcare, InsurTech, Marketplace, Big Data & Analytics, Supply Chain & Logistics, Fintech, Future of Work, AI & ML
  • Stages: Early Stage, Pre-Seed, Seed, Series A
  • Number of investments: 72
  • Number of exits: 10
  • Funds raised: $200,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Tamara, ZenLedger, Colabs

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at hello@shorooq.com.

6) Global Ventures

Global Ventures

Based in Dubai, Global Ventures focuses on growth-stage tech companies in emerging markets.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: Egypt, United Arab Emirates
  • City: Dubai, Cairo, Abu Dhabi
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Noor Sweid
  • Industries: Fintech, Healthcare, Education, InsurTech, Cybersecurity, Crypto & Blockchain, Supply Chain & Logistics, Future of Work, E-Commerce, Agriculture
  • Stages: Early Stage, Growth
  • Number of investments: 48
  • Number of exits: 4
  • Funds raised: $100,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Paymob, Remedial Health, teamapt

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at Info@global.vc.

7) Iliad Partners

Iliad Partners

Headquartered in Dubai, Iliad Partners is a venture capital fund for early-stage tech companies in the MENA region.

Details of the VC firm:

  • Country: United Arab Emirates
  • City: Dubai, Abu Dhabi
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Christos Mastoras
  • Industries: Fintech, Proptech & Real Estate, Supply Chain & Logistics, Mobility, Education, Enterprise
  • Stages: Seed
  • Minimum check size: $300,000
  • Maximum check size: $1,000,000
  • Number of investments: 5
  • Funds raised: $23,000,000
  • 3 remarkable investments: Fetchr, TruKKer, Oseven

You can find their website here.

You can send them an email at info@iliad-partners.com.

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