DIFC launches $100m Fintech fund
DUBAI: Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), announced the launch of a $100 million Fintech-focused fund to accelerate the development of financial technology by investing in start-ups from incubation through to growth stage, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of DIFC.
The fund was announced during the inaugural Global Financial Forum, GFF, organised by DIFC. The GFF, which took place on Tuesday under the theme, “Navigating the New Order”, was attended by over 350 influencers from the financial services industry, who were selected out of hundreds that had applied to attend.
In his welcoming address, Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that today, we are launching a new $100 million fund to help establish, grow and upscale start-up and growth stage Fintech firms looking to access the MEASA markets.”
“The fund will leverage the DIFC’S Fintech ecosystem consisting of attractive experimental licenses, market leading pricing and collaborative spaces. There is immense opportunity in this market, and this will be one more step towards shaping the future of finance in the region.
“There is huge potential in the region we serve and through the DIFC, we look to support the development of emerging markets in MEASA and encourage greater trade flows through the Southsouth corridor, which stretches from Latin America, through to Africa, India, South East-asia and China,” he added.
The Forum featured a line-up of high-profile speakers who participated in a wide range of ‘deepdive’ sessions, panel discussions and ‘fireside chats’, covering the three main themes of Globalising Gulf Finance, Emerging Markets, and The Future of Finance. The first two sessions of the day, which featured prominent economists such as Hafez Ghanem, the Vice President of the World Bank Middle East and North Africa, discussed the increasing attractiveness of Gulf markets amongst international investors as well as the rise of the global Islamic economy and Sharia-based financial technology.
Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered, discussed global emerging markets and shared his view on where Standard Chartered is seeing the greatest potential for growth.