Arabnet Riyadh: Investing in Tech Startups

Iliad Partners Founder & Managing Partner on panel with MEVP and 500 Startups
December 14, 2016

ArabNet Riyadh 2016 - Investor Track

The Investor Track at ArabNet Riyadh 2016 aimed to provide regional investors with insight into how LPs, PE firmsand Family Groups view the tech sector, the opportunities that their seeking and the key KPIs that they are looking for invest in growth stage startups, as well as showcase the development of the tech sector and the role that increased finance can role to stimulate faster growth.

Panel: Investing in Tech startups today to build tomorrow’s Unicorns

According to ArabNet’s Business Intelligence, more than $800M have been invested in regional digital startups between 2013 and 2015, while 2016 has already witnessed over $400M in investments to date. There’s also multi-billion dollars in VC funds ready to be invested in MENA Startups in the next 5 years, with the recent announcement of Mohammad AlAbbar’s $1B fund being the latest and largest. This panel will feature regional VCs discussing the economics and expected ROI of investing in startups in MENA, the challenges and opportunities in fundraising and deal flow generation, and what it will take for MENA to generate more unicorns.

- Walid Mansour, Managing Partner, Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP)
- Christos Mastoras, Founder and Managing Partner, Iliad Partners
- Rakan Al Eidi, Venture Partner, MENA, 500 Startups
- Moderator: Mazin Alshanbari, Director, Takamol Holding

In addition to the panel, Christos Mastoras was also a judge for the Riyadh Startup Battle 2016.