Innovative startups and SMEs Fund invests $2mln in VentureSouq Fund II

The Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund (ISSF) – the largest investment fund of its kind in Jordan – announces an investment of USD 2 million in VentureSouq Fund II. VentureSouq is a MENA-based venture capital fund manager with a global portfolio of thematic funds including FinTech.

This investment, finalized in June, highlights the ISSF’s ongoing dedication to supporting promising Jordanian startups. The ISSF has mandated that VentureSouq reinvest in Jordanian companies at a multiple of their initial investment, further emphasizing their commitment to the Jordanian ecosystem.

ISSF CEO, Mohammed Al Muhtaseb, commented: “We are very proud of our partnership and investment in VentureSouq. VentureSouq has demonstrated a deep belief in the Jordanian ecosystem by investing in local companies. The FinTech sector has been the most active vertical in the MENA region for the past four years, capturing 52% of total MENA VC funding. Jordanian FinTech startups have significant opportunities to thrive in this sector. Partnering with a FinTech-focused fund like VentureSouq within our portfolio presents a strategic opportunity to boost the Jordanian FinTech ecosystem and is aligned with the country’s efforts to develop this sector on a national level, as well as the initiatives from the Central Bank of Jordan in the Fintech space.”

In turn, VentureSouq’s Co-founder and General Partner, Sonia Gokhale, stated: “We believe the Jordan ecosystem is a hub for high-quality talent, a secure and stable breeding ground for early-stage companies and a remarkably accepting market in terms of technology adoption. We are grateful to have partners such as the ISSF who have the same vision and drive as VentureSouq, to propel the regional ecosystem forward.”

Echoing this sentiment, Maan Eshgi, General Partner at VentureSouq, emphasized: “This partnership with the ISSF will significantly enhance our efforts in Jordan and play a crucial role in driving our financial success. More importantly, it brings us closer to our overarching goal of serving as a regional unifier, primarily for our portfolio companies, by providing them with swift access to GCC and global markets.”

About the Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund

The ISSF is a USD 98 million fund established in 2017 and registered in Jordan as a private shareholding company. The fund was established as a partnership between the Central Bank of Jordan with USD 48 million investment and USD 50 million from the World Bank. The ISSF is committed to facilitating funding for Jordanian early-stage startups and SMEs through investments in venture capital funds as well as direct investment in startups. The ISSF endeavors to foster a thriving and supportive entrepreneurial environment that enables promising local entrepreneurs to transform innovative projects into sustainable startups; generate jobs for Jordanian men and women; and prompt economic sectors that serve export markets by capitalizing on the creative and technical capabilities of entrepreneurs and management teams across Jordan.

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About VentureSouq

VentureSouq is a MENA-based venture capital fund manager with a global portfolio. The firm manages thematic funds, with a current investment focus on FinTech and ClimateTech. VentureSouq is proud to have been an anchor member of MENA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and continues to invest heavily as a firm in education, content and programming.

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