To support the Innovation momentum in the MENA region a new pan Arab initiative is created. Middle East Business Angel Network(MBAN) modelled on the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) with
the purpose of bringing together all stakeholders in the start-up ecosystem, including limited partners;
venture capital, seed, and angel investors; incubators; legal, accounting, and support functions; as well as the entrepreneurs.
The Goals of the MBAN
1 - Promote contact between entrepreneurs and investors across the region. 2 - Promote an entrepreneurial culture in the region that encourages risk-taking, acceptance of failure, and celebrates business success. 3 - Train, advocate and support potential business Angels and provide a platform for cooperation. 4 - Remove bureaucratic and legal obstacles to entrepreneurship and angel investment. 5 - Promote investments in SMEs as means to support positive economic and social impact across MENA.
MBAN will be focusing on improving the deal-flow and increasing the number of start-ups that are viable to get follow-up funding. In addition
we will approach potential business angels to invest in these companies. Having a bigger deal-flow of viable startups in an organized way will
stimulate a healthy investment environment and attracts business angels.
1. MBAN shall take the lead in the following actions:
Create awareness on Angel investing and the advantages of business angel networks and promote rolemodel sand success stories through:
Conferences(speaker,organization of events).
Production and circulation of papers and studies (advocacy).
2. Support the creation and the management of new BAN in the MENA countries (awareness, technical assistance, training, etc.)
Inception mission (identify the leaders, supporters, raise awareness of the ecosystem).
Assistance in start-up the BAN (share statutes of association, advises).
Launch meeting (in presence of the core BAN members, public authorities and institutions, actors of the ecosystem).
Assistance in organizing the first pitching session.
Conducting and setup of Angel Academies (based on EBAN model).
3. Advocate a favorable framework for private early stage financing in MENA countries.
Production of papers (inventory of regulations in MENA countries)
Individual meetings with national authorities.
4. Create the first MENA inclusive fund (MENA), Innovation fund, through the participation of MBAN members, leading local regional
and international institution and EBAN members. The total fund size will be 150 million Dollars.
Invest in ventures that poised to exploit large opportunities at the tipping point before they go mainstream.
Build a portfolio of early stage (BetaStage) and growth startups founded by MENA entrepreneurs.
The accelerating adoption of mobile technology is well-known, but the growing pervasiveness is astounding, when allied
to the “Internet of Things”, a new mobile revolution is underway.
These ventures on the tipping point are creating next-gen products & services for mobile devices, real-world sensors,
and mobile cloud infrastructure.