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iMENA: What it Takes to Stay Ahead in Tech


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We build and invest in innovative start-ups that advance economies and improve lives. We believe in business models that address key needs, in large markets, with innovative technologies, and defensible network effects.

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Our diverse team has first-hand experience in the day-to-day tactical and strategic ins and outs of building, growing, and scaling start-ups, from the seedlings of an idea all the way to exit.

Khaldoon H. Tabaza

Founder & Managing Director

Adey Salamin


Fadel Kremid

Chief Financial Officer

Suhaib Bseiso

Investment Manager

Ayman Abu Dre’i

Finance Manager

Sarah Barkawi

Senior Investment Manager

Nisreen Abu Maizer

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Aayad Ghananim

PR & Communications Manager

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November 30, 2021

Cashfree invests $15m in payment gateway Telr

Cashfree Payments, a leading payments and API banking solutions company, has announced an equity investment of $15 million in Telr, a leading payment service provider (PSP) in UAE and Saudi Arabia. With this investment, Cashfree becomes one of the largest shareholders in the company.

November 8, 2021

Telr, one of this year's top five fastest growing fintech companies in the UAE.

The past year has seen significant growth in UAE's fintech industry, with almost half of MENA's fintech companies based in the country. Digital banking is becoming increasingly competitive, cryptocurrency more accepted, and e-commerce has been driving the sector's growth.

July 4, 2021

OpenSooq, one of the Middle East's flourishing businesses during the pandemic.

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, chairman of OpenSooq, Khaldoon Tabaza, who serves on the board of Jeeny and is an investor through investment group iMENA, of which he is the founder and managing director, said, "The pandemic has been a great accelerant for adoption and usage of e-commerce services...In a business like OpenSooq, users have turned to our application to search and find whatever they need, be it a car or an apartment, facilitating their lives tremendously...What we have seen, also, is that after the lockdowns were partially and fully lifted in many countries, that this increase and surge in traffic to e-commerce businesses in the MENA region has persisted."

September 7, 2021

Merchants to Get Quick and Easy Access to Working Capital Loans

Award-winning online payment gateway Telr has recently announced their partnership with the first licensed direct digital lender in the UAE and MENA region, LNDDO. Together they have introduced a new credit facility program named “Telr Finance” which will finance Telr’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) merchants as they expand their businesses.

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