WHAT PRE­DIC­TIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE NEXT COU­PLE OF YEARS? FARES GHANDOUR I PART­NER I WAMDA CAP­I­TAL WALID HANNA I CEO I MEVP OMAR SATI I MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR I DASH VEN­TURES NAMEK ZU'BI I MAN­AG­ING PART­NER I SIL­I­CON BADIA JASSIM ALHAROON I MAN­AG­ING PART­NER I

Fin­tech will con­tinue to ap­proach cen­ter-stage for many in­vestors. We'll also likely get an exit above $1B, an­other 2 above $100M, and a few smaller ones here and there as well. Saudi will con­tinue to open up for for­eign busi­nesses and the amount of fi­nan

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The bour­geon­ing re­gional VC land­scape and the in­creased ac­tiv­ity of re­gional funds in­vest­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally, are ex­pected to el­e­vate the re­gion’s vis­i­bil­ity and ex­po­sure as a gen­uine in­no­va­tion hub as well as fur­ther fuel the startup scene, par­tic­u­larly, en­tre­pre­neur­ial ini­tia­tives. Based on our op­por­tu­nity data­base and pipe­line this year we are see­ing more AI, Blockchain and SAAS en­abled mar­ket­places. The space re­mains early and un­der­de­vel­oped, yet we ex­pect more of these op­por­tu­ni­ties to be backed by VC firms in the short-term as mon­e­ti­za­tion meth­ods and com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions are more ap­par­ent and com­pre­hen­sive. E-com­merce is also mak­ing a come­back with a shift to­wards ver­ti­cally-in­te­grated, direct-to-con­sumer on­line brands where there is full con­trol over the sup­ply chain with more spe­cial­ized of­fer­ings. Fi­nally, we be­lieve there is an op­por­tu­nity for the re­gion to make it’s mark on the blockchain revo­lu­tion. In­no­va­tion hubs out­side of the US, such as China, In­dia, Korea and the UAE, are mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant strides in push­ing blockchain for­ward. We have a real chance to be at the cen­ter of this revo­lu­tion and play a cru­cial role in the ef­forts to bring blockchain to the masses.

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