Iliad Partners is a Venture Capital fund based in ADGM, UAE that invests in early-stage technology companies in the MENA region. As former entrepreneurs and operators with global and regional experience in business development, investments, and growth strategy execution, we take an active, hands-on approach. We help founders build the disruptive companies of tomorrow in their journey to grow their revenues, expand into new regional markets, and scale across the MENA region and beyond.
We invest in MENA startups with a focus on UAE and Saudi Arabia that are powering the tech enablement and digitization of the region’s economy across key verticals including fintech, proptech, logistics, and edtech via localized solutions. We focus on highly scalable, post-revenue technology companies, primarily in B2B, at the Pre-Series A and Series A stages that have already achieved product-market fit and are now looking to grow their business in their home market and expand cross-border into new markets in the GCC, such as Saudia Arabia and UAE, and beyond. We partner with startup founders and actively work with them and their teams side by side on their journey from the Pre-Series A to the Series A stage and onwards, to grow their business.
We also selectively invest in innovative global startups that have developed disruptive technologies that can fill critical innovation gaps in MENA and are seeking MENA market entry, with a focus on entering the UAE and KSA. Our scope includes startups in Europe and in Emerging Markets that can benefit from entering the MENA region and can contribute to disrupting key industries with deep tech.
As a core part of our DNA, we work closely with our active LP base of leading family groups in the GCC, to help support our startups post-investment with revenue generation, business development, strategic partnerships, and new market entry. In parallel, we enable the collaboration between the family groups and our startups, facilitating the digitization of their traditional businesses.
We leverage our operating experience, active, hands-on approach, and regional network to actively support our startups – with business development with key clients and strategic partnerships, market access and regional expansion into new GCC markets, identifying and attracting the right talent, building and developing the Finance function from the ground up, and actively supporting fund-raising for large subsequent equity and venture debt financing rounds, while following-on over multiple rounds ourselves.
Iliad Partners works with experienced founders and strong teams that are fully committed and are well-positioned to execute local solutions that are a good fit for the region. As former founders and tech entrepreneurs ourselves, we deeply value our relationships with founders and work hard to help them succeed as our partners on their epic journey of entrepreneurship.