Top 100 Startups In The Arab World 2017

INNOVATORS 100

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.

RankImageNameDescriptionFoundersFundingInvestorsCountryFounded
1FetchrGPS-based shippingIdriss Al Rifai, Joy Ajlouny$52 MNew Enterprise Associates, 500 Startups, Dhabi Holdings, Winklevoss Capital, Mobily Ventures, Majid Al Futtaim, Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), Raed Ventures, Iliad Partners, BECO Capital, YBA Kanoo, Venture Souq, Swicorp.U.A.E.2012
2AnghamiMusic streaming platformElie Habib, Eddy Maroun$29 MMEVP, MBC, Samena, Mobily, DuLebanon2011
3HolidayMeCustomized travel servicesGeet Bhalla, Digvijay Pratap, Mansour Bin Madi$24 MAl Sanie Group, F&C Group, Accel Partners, Abanumay(family office), OthersU.A.E.2013
4PayTabsOnline payment processing solutionsAbdulaziz Fahad Aljouf$20 MSaudi Aramco's Wa'ed, angel investmentSaudi Arabia2014
5VezeetaDigital healthcare booking platform for patients and doctorsAmir Barsoum and Ahmed Badr$11 MTechnology and Development Fund, Silicon Badia, Beco Capital, Vostok New Ventures, Endeavor CatalystEgypt2012
6The Luxury ClosetMarketplace for pre-owned designer labelsKunal Kapoor$10.8 MMEVP, Wamda Capital, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Media Zone Investments, Equitrust Services, Precinct Partners, Mena Venture Investments, Saned Equity Partners, Arzan Venture Capital, angel investorsU.A.E.2012
7YamsaferOnline hotel bookingFaris Zaher, Sameh Alfar and Seri Abdelhadi$10 MGlobal Founders Capital (GFC), Sadara Ventures, other investorsPalestine2011
8MumzworldOnline e-commerce platform for Mother, Baby and Child itemsMona Ataya, Leena KhalilWamda Capital, twofour54, Endeavor Catalyst, MZI, Saned Investments, KCP Capital, Angel Women investors, Precinct Capital, Al Ghanim IndustriesU.A.E.2011
9yallacompareFinancial products comparison siteJon Richards, Samer Chehab$9.4 MSTC Ventures, Wamda Capital, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Saned, Mulverhill Associates, othersU.A.E.2011
10ArabiaWeatherWeather forecasting technologyMohammed Al-Shaker$8.2 MSilicon Badia, Wamda Capital, DASH Ventures, Jabbar Internet Group, MENA Venture Investments, other angel investorsJordan2012
11BayzatOnline health insurance and HR solutions providerTalal Bayaa, Brian Habibi$7.6 MU.A.E.2014
12ReserveOutOnline restaurant guide and bookingKhalil Shadid$7.1 MU.A.E.2012
13WebTebMedical and health information platformMahmoud Kaiyal, Majed Abukhater (CEO)$7 MPalestine2011
14MyboxOn demand home servicesBader and Fahad Al Kalooti$7 MU.A.E.2014
15ShedulBooking platform for salons and spasWilliam Zeqiri, Nick Miller$6.6 MU.A.E.2015
16UdriveCar sharing platformHasib Khan$5.9 MU.A.E.2016
17MadfooatComElectronic bill presentment and payment serviceNasser Saleh$5.8 MJordan2011
18EureecaCrowdfunding platformChristoper Thomas, Sam Quawasmi$5.7 MU.A.E.2013
19MorniOn-demand roadside assistanceSalman Al-Suhaibaney$5.6 MSaudi Arabia2014
20BeehiveSME focused peer2peer lending platformCraig Moore$5.5 MU.A.E.2014
21Souqalmal.comFinancial products comparison siteAmbareen Musa$5.2 MU.A.E.2012
22InstaShopGrocery delivery appJohn Tsioris, Ioanna Angelidaki$5 MU.A.E.2015
23ScriptrIoT application platformRabih Nassar$5 MLebanon2015
24Justmop.comOn-demand home cleaning servicesKerem Kuyucu, Ali Cagatay OzcanU.A.E.2015
25Falafel GamesDevelops and publishes massively multiplayer online gamesVincent Ghossoub, Radwan Kasmiya$4.8 MLebanon2016
26Acacus TechnologiesOptimization software for transport, logistics and aviation industriesTalal Ben Halim, Herve Marchet$4.7 MU.A.E.2013
27AppMahalSocial media application developerMona Haddad$4.5 MPalestine2014
28ServiceMarketMoving and home servicesBana Shomali, Wim Torfs$4.3 MU.A.E.2014
29FoodicsCloud-based restaurant management systemAhmad AlZaini, Mosab AlOthmani$4.3 MSaudi Arabia2014
30Sprii.comOnline retailer selling everything for mumsSarah Jones$4.1 MU.A.E.2014
31Sqwirl LabStartup studioKarl Abouzeid, Ziad JureidiniLebanon2016
32GlamBoxSubscription-based retailer of beauty productsShant Oknayan, Christos Mastoras, Fares Akkad, Marc Ghobriel$4 MU.A.E.2012
33EnerwhereCommercial-scale solar panelsDaniel Zywietz$3.4 MU.A.E.2012
34ShopGoE-commerce platformLubna Taimeh, Noora Shanak$3.4 MJordan2012
35EKarCar-sharing serviceVilhelm Hedberg$3.3 MU.A.E.2016
36Noqoush Mobile Media GroupMobile media and data monetizationWael Quader, Mahmoud Iswiad, Shorhabel Ghoneim, Shadi Marie$3.1 MU.A.E.2011
37BloovoAlgorithmic job matching portalAhmad Khamis, Iyad Abu Hweij$3 MU.A.E.2015
38insydoOnline guide for the U.A.E.Tanaz Dizadji, Siobhain Spear, Sami El Tamawy$3 MU.A.E.2014
39Energy24Alternative Energy storage and generatorAntoine Saab, Nadia Moussouni$3 MLebanon2011
40InstabugSoftware glitches in apps detecting toolMoataz Soliman, Omar Gabr$2.1 MEgypt2012
41BatutaHotel booking platformKamil Silbak,Amir Ounallah$2.5 MPalestine2012
42STEP GroupDigital and new media companyRay and Ramzi Dargham, Bahaa Moussalli, Nizar Fakih$2.5 MU.A.E.2012
43Edfa3lyFacilitates online ordering and shipping of U.S. merchandiseMohamed Attya, Mohamed Hisham, Ahmed Mohamed$2.5 MEgypt2011
44AlmentorOnline video e-learning platformIhab Fikry, Ibrahim Kamel, Hesham Heikal, Husni Khuffash, Abdelrhamn Fahmy$2.5 MU.A.E.2016
45SnappCardManages loyalty pointsAlborz Toofani$2.5 MU.A.E.2012
46OnegccOnline recruitment platform for GCC nationalsFatima Albalooshi, Alharith Alatawi, Mohamed Zaman, Angelo Embuldeniya$2.5 MBahrain2015
47TamatemMobile game publisherHussam Hammo$2.4 MJordan2014
48YaootaOnline price comparisonSherif ElRakabawy, Mohamed Ewis$2.7 MEgypt2014
49EatRestaurant reservationsNezar Kadhem$2.2 MU.A.E.2015
50Designer-24Online designer dress rental companySara Alemzadeh, Ranya KhalilU.A.E.2014
51WuzzufRecruitment platformAmeer Sherif$2 MEgypt2012
52LamsaArabic digital content for kidsBadr Ward$2.1 MU.A.E.2013
53YouGotaGift.comElectronic greeting and gift cardsHusain Makiya, Abed Bibi$2.1 MU.A.E.2013
54EventtusPlatform for events ticket sales and audience engagementMai Medhat, Nihal FaresEgypt2012
55RemitrMoney transfer appKanchan Kumar, Sandeep Jhingran, Altaf Ahmed, Sandeep Todi$2 MU.A.E.2015
56Hmizate MallB2C general merchandise marketplaceKamal Reggad$2 MMorocco2012
57NabbeshFreelance work marketplaceLoulou Khazen Baz$1.8 MU.A.E.2012
58SeezMarketplace for used carsTarek and Andrew Kabrit$1.8 MU.A.E.2015
59ElvesPersonal helperKarim Elsahy, Abeer Elsisy$1.3 MEgypt2016
60CognitevMarketing automation platformMoustafa Mahmoud, Ahmed Hassan, Maha Refai$1.7 MU.A.E.2015
61el GrocerGrocery delivery marketplaceNader Amiri, Raed Hafez, Mickael Costache, Kashif Hameed$1.7 MU.A.E.2015
62GEEKSOn-demand IT services for consumers and businessesMousa Yassin, Fathi Al Sharif, Ala Majaj$1.6 MU.A.E.2014
63WashmenOn-demand laundry pickupJad Halaoui, Rami Shaar$1.6 MU.A.E.2015
64brndstrBot studio for brandsSimon Hudson$1.6 MU.A.E.2013
65Blink My CarCar care appRalph Choueiri, Rami Halllal, Joseph Khalil$1.6 MLebanon2015
66Tap PaymentsSimplifying online paymentsAli Abulhasan, Ahmed Almunayes, Mohammed Abulhasan$1.5 MKuwait2013
67ElmenusFood discovery platformAmir Allam$1.5 MEgypt2011
68OrderMeFood delivery appMohammad Al-Abdulqadir$1.5 MSaudi Arabia2014
69NibrasOnline courses for employeesAmmar KhayyatU.A.E.2014
70ChefXchangeOnline marketplace to book private chefKarl Naim, Marc Washington$1.5 MU.A.E.2015
71OfficeRock.comOnline retailer for office suppliesChristopher Queitsch, Rami Al Saleh$1.5 MU.A.E.2012
72Risk+ SolutionsFinancial intelligence and risk management solutionsJad Doumith,Chadi El Nawar$1.5 MLebanon2017
73CTM360Cyber SecurityMirza Asrar BaigBahrain2014
74joi giftsOnline physical gifs platformAlper Celen, Ritesh Tilani$1.4 MU.A.E.2015
75Aqarmap.comReal estate search engineAmad AlmsaodiEgypt2011
76MelltooReseller marketplaceMorrad Irsane, Sharene Lee$1.3 MU.A.E.2014
77LoopElectric scooter sharing technologyAnwar Sukkarie$1.3 MLebanon2015
78ChainoSocial networking platformAli Zewail, Mohamed Nar$1.4 MEgypt2015
79THE LISTMarketplace for luxury collectiblesAndreas SkorskiU.A.E.2016
80SkiplinoMultilingual cloud based queue management systemAlharith Alatawi, Zaman AH. Zaman, Ricardo Gaspar$1.3 MBahrain2016
81MrUstaOn-demand customer servicesIbrahim Colak, Dunia Othman, Onur Tepeli$1.3 MU.A.E.2014
82CarswitchOnline marketplace for used carsImad Hammad, Ali Malik$1.3 MU.A.E.2016
83TruKKerOn-demand truck aggregatorGaurav Biswas, Pradeep Mallavarapu$1.2 MU.A.E.2016
84YumamiaPeer-to-peer foodie app with Junk-Free food delivery app.Belal El Borno, Mahmoud El Maghraby$1.2 MEgypt2014
85MykiCybersecurityAntoine Vincent Jebara, Priscilla Elora Sharuk$1.2 MLebanon2015
86FalconViz3D aerial survey and mappingAnas Dahlawi, Neil Smith, Luca Passone, Mohamed Shalaby$1.1 MSaudi Arabia2015
87WhizztipsOnline marketplace to find helpPrajit Arakkal, Richard Pakenham, Suchira Joshi$1 MU.A.E.2015
88VotekArabic voice recognitionLojain Jibawi, Sawsan Said$1 MU.A.E.2014
89MylistOnline gifts and rewards platformJulie leblan$1 MU.A.E.2011
90TaskSpottingCustomer rewardsKarim Aly, Dirk Stevens$1 MU.A.E.2014
91ShawarmanjiFast food chainDanny El Georr, Nizar El Hashem, Elias Chabtini$1 MU.A.E.2012
92LoadMEOn-demand truck transportationSebastian Stefan, Sebastian Morar, Claudia Pacurar$952KU.A.E.2014
93ShortPointSAAS web design platformSami AlSayyed, Anas Nakawa, Sergii Shekhovtsov, Ala AlbataynehU.A.E.2015
94CollectionairOnline art galleryValerie Konde, Olivier Varenne$900KU.A.E.2015
95GoodsMartOnline grocery service appAmr Fawzi, Rami Nassar, Ahmed Sudan$750KEgypt2013
96CuraTelemedicineWael Kabli, Mohammad ZekrallahSaudi Arabia2015
97WrappupSmart recorderRami Salman, Ayush Chordia, Rishav Jalan$800KU.A.E.2015
98DemocranceInsurance marketplace for the underservedMichele Grosso, Alberto Perez, Damian DimmichU.A.E.2015
99Search in MENAB2B marketplaceSalim Akil$760KU.A.E.2013
100Zee3Talent scoutingSherif Hossny$1.7 MEgypt2012

Researchers:

Ahmed Mabrouk, Ranju Warrier, Jason Lasrado