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Startup investments in the Middle East are on the rise: in 2020, despite a global pandemic, venture capital funding amounted to over $1 billion and increased 13 percent from 2019 according to a MAGNiTT report. Still, significant barriers remain that prevent greater investment and stymie the region’s economic growth. 

empowerME at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted a discussion about how to boost the venture capital industry in the Middle East to drive sustainable funding for startups.


Amjad Ahmad
Director, empowerME, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Ahmad AlNaimi
Saudi Technology Ventures (STV)

Ahmed El Alfi
Chairman and Co-Founder
Sawari Ventures

Noor Sweid
General Partner
Global Ventures

Moderated by

Christopher Schroeder
Venture Investor