50 Startups To Watch In The Arab World

50 TO WATCH

The startup scene in the Arab world continues to boom, culminating this year in several high value deals. These include the acquisition of Souq. com by Amazon, construction major Emaar Malls buying a majority stake in Namshi.com, and Careem raising half a billion dollars from the likes of Rakuten Inc., STC Ventures, Kingdom Holding Company and Daimler.

Investors in the region are also maturing, with corporates and large private companies taking risks and investing in startups. Al Tayyar Travel Group, the largest travel company in the region and Majid Al Futtaim Group, a diversified private company, have both invested in startups recently.

Venture capitalists are also growing in numbers and in size, and although the U.A.E. is still the hub, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan are also very active.

This year we have compiled three lists to rank the brightest startups and investors across the Arab World. 100 Startups in the Arab World comprises those startups that have championed the most innovative ideas and received the most external funding in the last year. 50 Start-ups to Watch are those who have not yet received big-ticket funding but are looking promising for the future.

And the 50 Most Active Investors ranking recognizes the backers spotting the entrepreneurial talent and helping these businesses thrive through funding.

RankImageNameDescriptionFoundersFundingCountryFounded
1UrbanBuzCustomer loyalty and engagement platformMustafa Sadek, Salam Saadeh$735KU.A.E.2013
2BoxitConnects consumers with storage facilitiesPremlal Pullisserry, Abraham Thomas$700KU.A.E.2016
3SocialDiceRecruitment siteSaed Shela, Nael RamadanU.A.E.2014
4Hello World KidsPlatform to learn programming at schoolsHanan Khader$700KJordan2015
5HelplingOnline platform for on-demand home servicesManar AlkassarU.A.E.2015
6HalayallaBooking platform for sports and entertainmentNadeem and Faheem Bakhsh, Farrukh Bandey, Yousef ShantiSaudi Arabia2016
7L'Atelier du MielHoney productionMarc-Antoine and Ralph Bou Nassif, Rabih Trabolsi$600KLebanon2011
8ZoomaalCrowdfunding platformAbdallah Absi$580KLebanon2012
9MoviePigsStreams Arabic indie filmsPerihan Abouzeid$575KEgypt2016
10MeddyOnline doctor appointmentsHaris Aghadi, Abdulla Alkhenji$550KQatar2015
11N.A.R.Drone software for oil and gas industryNicolas Zaatar, Charlie El KhouryLebanon2015
12MiellaOnline retailer of conservative women's fashionRami El Malak, Haya Dabbagh$525KU.A.E.2014
13360VUZVirtual reality and 360� videos mobile appKhaled ZaatarahU.A.E.2015
14LUNCH:ONOrdering lunch via email or SMSMohammad Al Zaben, Dana Baki$500KU.A.E.2015
15SwvlMass transit systemMostafa Kandil, Mahmoud Nouh, Ahmed Sabbah$500KEgypt2017
16GuzzleOffers location based discount vouchersTariq Hussain, Wim Bonjean, Seyoan Vela$480KU.A.E.2015
17UnnyhogGame developerPavel Ignatov, Margarita Belorukova, Andrey Apanasik$480KU.A.E.2015
18QallOut.comOnline live video debates and tournamentsYazan Madanat, Georgia Kokkini$460KU.A.E.2016
19Cofe DistrictOnline coffee ordering platformAli AlEbrahim$450KKuwait2017
20KamkalimaArabic interactive learning platfrom for K-12Siroun Shamigian, Nisrine MakkoukLebanon2015
21TasktyHome maintenance servicesAhmed Galal, Ahmed Atef, Ibrahim Abdeen$442KEgypt2013
22MoodfitOnline interior design platformMohamad Sabouneh, Tarek Jaroudi, Ghassan Abi FadelLebanon2016
23Raye7Car pooling systemAhmed and Samira negm$406KEgypt2015
24Progressive Generation StudiosBroadcasting and production companyAhmad Al Masri, Feras Al Kiswani$405KJordan2011
25BrateProducts, services and businesses marketplaceShadi Tabbara, Samih Harfouche$400KLebanon2012
26Near MotionCustomer engagement toolsFaisal AlferdosSaudi Arabia2015
27FeedeedOnline marketplace for skills & servicesDany Abu Jawdeh, Romy Saber, Fidaa Ghibreel$355KLebanon2014
28NomadicProfessional networking appZiad Ghosn, Stephanie Khouri$350KU.A.E.2015
29MummDelivers home-cooked mealsWaleed Abdel Rahman, Sameh GamalEgypt2016
30VUL9CybersecurityMohamed Amine Belarbi, Mohamed Zakariae EL KHDIME$315KU.A.E.2016
31Troy Dimension3D printer manufacturer for prototypesMarwan Al ChaarLebanon2016
32Peaqock FinancialsFintechMohammed Benkhaled$300KMorocco2013
33LetMySpaceProperty rental platformVikram and Jyoti Goyal$300KU.A.E.2016
34MaharahBooking app for home maintenance servicesMujahed Marghlani, Saleem Barnawi, Ahmed Mereyani$288KSaudi Arabia2015
35VendoOnline search Engine for products and offersSalah Eddine Cherkaoui, Ibrahim Chraibi$285KMorocco2015
36EkeifOnline video content platformSima and Salwa Najjar$280KJordan2012
373ounOn-demand mobile app for home maintenance servicesSari Hweitat, Mohamed Ali, Sami Fraihat$276KJordan2016
38Yalla PickupPickup truck ordering appElie El Tom$270KU.A.E.2016
39TripAxisCustomized travel servicesChahid BouamraneU.A.E.2014
40RiseGrowth anagement platform for migrantsPadmini Gupta, Milind SinghU.A.E.2016
41CashBashaFacilitates cash payments on international shopping sitesFouad Jeryes, Sinan TaifourJordan2015
42SawerlyOnline platform to book photographersHussein Attar, Mohamed Al Zahrani$227KSaudi Arabia2013
43CogTalkArtificial intelligence servicesTarik Elazzouzi, Souf Buti$220KU.A.E.2016
44BostaSame day delivery service for businessesMohamed Ezzat, Mohamed EL-Houssainy, Ahmed Gaber$218KEgypt2016
45Biodiesel MisrManufactures biofuel from vegetable and animal oilsMahmoud Abou Elrokab, Ismael Zaher, Motaz Elewa$213KEgypt2013
46UDENZConnects dentists with patientsHisham Safadi, Manoj Aheery$204KU.A.E.2016
47ManageoSaas platform to manage small and medium businessesYoussef Lemrini$200KMorocco2015
48WellclubsOnline salon and spa bookingNatalya koroleva, Natalya Sapronova$200KU.A.E.2015
49uTrack TVMobile TV App for livestreaming eventsAli Mahmood Ali$200KBahrain2012
50ZoEasyJob seeking platform for blue collar candidatesSpandana PalaypuU.A.E.2016

Researchers:

Ahmed Mabrouk, Ranju Warrier, Jason Lasrado