By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The number of investments in Saudi start-ups went up 92 percent from 2018, with 71 investments in local firms
Investment into Saudi Arabia-based start-ups rose 35 percent in 2019 to $67 million, according to new data from start-up data platform Magnitt.
According to Magnitt’s 2019 Saudi Arabia Venture Capital Snapshot Report, the number of investments in Saudi start-ups went up 92 percent from 2018, with 71 investments in local firms.
Additionally, the report found that Saudi Arabia ranked third in terms of funding among its MENA peers, behind only the UAE and Egypt.
“Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing ecosystems in the region,” said Philip Bahoshy, Magnitt’s co-founder and CEO. “With the government clearly identifying innovation and entrepreneurship a one of their key focuses in line with Vision 2030, many new initiatives have been launched in 2018 and 2019.”
“Usually, these initiatives take time to come to fruition, but we have already seen their impact on the ecosystem in the country and MENA region,” he added.
Saudi Arabian investors were the most active in the entire region, with 48 investors from the kingdom making investments in MENA-based start-ups in 2019, placing the country above the UAE and Egypt.
The report also found that e-commerce remains the most active sector in terms of number of deals, accounting for 27 percent of the total. E-commerce was followed by delivery and transport, with 26 percent.