Egypt’s leading bank, Commercial International Bank (CIB) has announced the launch of CVentures, the first corporate venture capital firm in Egypt to invest in FinTech startups in the Middle East and Africa.
CVentures will pre-dominantly participate in Series A and Series B investment rounds in Egypt, the Middle East, Africa, and other highly regarded cross-border market economies, in addition to considering Seed investment rounds across similar markets.
To achieve this, CVentures will combine the speed and agility of an independent investor with the breadth of CIB’s businesses, whilst continuously developing meaningful relationships with dynamic and insightful stakeholders involved in high-growth, disruptive technologies and differentiated business models that complement and intersect with CIB’s core businesses.
“As demonstrated through our active engagement and sponsorship initiatives over the course of the past couple of years, CIB has always had a clear vision towards the importance of entrepreneurship. The establishment of CVentures is a continuation of such vision; evidence of CIB’s profound commitment towards supporting the development of the Egyptian Financial Sector. The founding of a Venture Capital firm focused on FinTech comes at a very exciting time for the Egyptian economy where all stakeholders are encouraged to support the government’s strategic direction towards Financial Inclusion” said Mr Hussein Abaza, CIB CEO and CVentures Chairman.
“CIB’s establishment of CVentures is in line with international common practice amongst major banks, where the adoption of win-win collaboration models with startup communities has ultimately served customers better,” added Mr AshrafShash, CIB’s Head of Direct Investment Group and CVentures Vice Chairman.
“I am confident that CVentures, with CIB’s support and dedication of its executive team, will surpass its targets and have a meaningful impact on the startup ecosystem. We expect CVentures to add considerable value to portfolio companies, venture partners and the VC community in Egypt and the region”.added Mr Shash.
“We are very excited about CVentures as it fills a gap in the ecosystem, and brings a much-needed focus and institutional support to the early-stage FinTech spectrum” added Mr Emad Fouad, CVentures Managing Director.
“As an integral part of our operating model, we intend on leveraging CIB’s platform to support and accelerate fast-moving, forward-thinking entrepreneurs with deep market insights, whilst focusing on fostering key strategic local and cross-border relationships to develop accelerated collaboration models and meaningful partnerships” added Mr Fouad.
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