5 Jan 2021

Here are 40 things we learned in 2020 by Startup Bahrain

“2020 has shown why it is essential to build a company culture that can sustain itself through unprecedented times. Surviving a crisis as complex as the current pandemic requires trust and communication to be deeply embedded in a company’s values from the start. For startups, having a clear set of values at the very beginning can be the difference between sinking or staying afloat during difficult times. Going into 2021, flexibility and adaptability will be more crucial than ever before as the world begins to exit the pandemic and a new set of circumstances emerge.” by Areije Alshakar, Al Waha Fund of Funds

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25 Nov 2020

Go Big Or Go Home: More Middle Eastern Boldness Is Needed To Break "The Scale-Up Ceiling", by Areije Alshakar

VCs investing in the region have been right to be cautious so far, but now it's time for them to show a little Middle Eastern boldness of their own.

25 Oct 2020

The Role Of Soft Facts In Investment Decision-Making, by Areije Alshakar

CSR, diversity, employee engagement, and retention -the non-financial and non-market related factors, the soft facts until recently were little more than a box-ticking exercise for investors– have taken on a renewed prominence in any VC's decision-making process.

8 Jul 2020

Bahrain's Al Waha Fund of Funds makes 'substantial' investment in UAE-based Shorooq

Shorooq Partners focus on early-stage tech startups in the fintech, software and tech-enabled business services subsectors, in the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.

15 Jun 2020

Necessity is the mother of innovation

Lessons From History Show Why The Covid-19 Crisis Could Lead To The Uncovering Of The Mena Region’s Next Unicorn By Areije Al Shakar

7 Jul 2019

The Al Waha Fund of Funds: Fueling FinTech and Startups in the Middle East

For startups in the Middle East, this is an exciting time as governments across the region are working to cultivate ecosystems that can support their growth. In the past, they may have been overlooked, but in the last few years they have been put front and centre.

5 May 2019

Al Waha Fund of Funds celebrates its first anniversary as it invests half of its $100 million fund in BECO, MEVP, 500 Startups

The $100 million Bahrain-based Al Waha Fund of Funds, launched on April 30th, 2018 with the aim of driving greater venture capital investment across the MENA region, has celebrated its first anniversary by announcing that in just 12 months it has already invested 50% of its $100m fund.

2 May 2019

Bahrain’s Al Waha Fund of Funds invests half of its $100 million fund in BECO, MEVP, 500 & others within the first year.

Bahraini-based Al Waha that had closed its $100 million fund of funds last year has already invested 50 percent of its fund within the first year of its operations, the fund announced today in a statement on its first anniversary.