Founded by Abdallah Absi in 2013, Zoomaal is a crowdfunding platform aimed at supporting innovative and creative projects in the Arab world with the mission of ‘ bringing back Arab creativity.’ In the past 3 years, Zoomaal has quickly asserted itself as one of the region’s leading crowdfunding platforms and has succeeded in launching over 100 successful funding campaigns totaling over $1.6M for projects and creating 500+ jobs. It’s most successful campaign ‘#Shatilaalive’ raised over $100,000 in funds. Similar to the US crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Zoomaal’s model is a rewardbased, all-or-nothing one, meaning project owners must offffffer investors non-monetary rewards for their support and if the funding goal isn’t reached by the deadline, all the money is returned to the original funders. However, Zoomaal also only accepts projects that are deemed to be sustainable and not considered ‘one-off ’ charity projects. Moreover, applicants must be either Arab citizens or residents of MENA with projects to be implemented within the region. Once a project is successfully funded, Zoomaal only gets a 5% fee from the fund amount, and 95% goes to the client. Zoomaal has been a finalist in the MIT Arab Enterprise Forum business plan competition, is backed by four Middle Eastern VC firms, has been featured on CNN, Forbes, and IHT and has raised more than $735K in 6 rounds of funding from investors such as MEVP, MVI, NV2, Saned Partners, Sawari Ventures, Wamda Capital, HIVOS, and Cairo Angels. Over the past few years, Zoomaal has hosted several crowdfunding workshops, held 8 crowdfunding challenges and recently launched a global fundraising platform ‘Givingloop’ which is tailor-made for nonprofits and social enterprises to achieve greater impact in the Arab world and beyond.