CORPORATE INVESTORS IN MENA
FIGURE 14: NUMBER OF INVESTORS VERSUS CORPORATE INVESTORS BY YEAR
The corporate investor trend is not new to the MENA investment scene, however, the trend truly started picking up in 2012. Companies across sectors are launching investment initiatives, either through standalone funds or opportunistic investments. Today, corporate investors represent 18% of the surveyed investors. The main bulk of new corporate investors are located in the UAE and Lebanon. In Lebanon the latest corporate investors include banks (Almawarid Bank and Société Générale de Banque au Liban - SGBL); this was encouraged (again) by Circular 331, which supports investments by banks not only into VC funds but also into startups directly The UAE’S coporate investors are companies across broad sectors, such as du, Souq.com, Alabbar Enterprises, and DHX (Dubai Holding).