Where the Startup Community Meets

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About STEP Match

Step Match is an online program to address the pre-seed and seed funding gap brought to you by Step, the organizers of Step Conference, the leading tech and startup festival for emerging markets. The program is designed to support founders in MENA who are seeking funding and resources to grow through facilitated connection opportunities including curated meetings, events, and 1-on-1 sessions with investors and mentors.

70+

Startups

20+

Funds

430+

Connections

130+

Meetings

In Partnership With

Upcoming Editions

Female Founders x Investors

October 27th, 2021

Fintech Startups x Investors

November 3rd, 2021


Artificial Intelligence Startups x Investors

December 16th, 2021

 

Participating Investors

Pier
Armando
Vender

Iliad Partners

Pier
Armando
Vender

Iliad Partners

Pier is an Associate at Iliad Partners where he is constantly looking to meet and interact with the best entrepreneurs in the MENA region and beyond. He has a background in banking, venture capital and startup acceleration and comes from a small business family where he experienced first-hand the impact that entrepreneurship has on our everyday lives.

Suhaib
Bseiso

Rua Growth Fund

Suhaib
Bseiso

Rua Growth Fund

Suhaib graduated from Boston University in 2018 with a major in History and minor in Business Administration. Prior to transferring to Boston University, he attended Drexel University as an Entrepreneurship and Innovation major. A big part of his time at Drexel was comprised of the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community (ELLC), a residential program with a close-knit community of enterprising students. He was able to further expand his knowledge through his first real-word experience in the VC and startup world through his time at Oasis500. Where he spent two years deeply involved in the startup ecosystem in Jordan. Getting the opportunity to evaluate hundreds of applications, invest in several cohorts and guide various entrepreneurs through an extensive acceleration program.

Abdul
Kareem
Kamran

Wamda

Abdul
Kareem
Kamran

Wamda

Abdul Kareem is an Investment Analyst at Wamda. As an analyst, Abdul Kareem assists and supports the partners and associates in the entire deal process including initial screening, market analysis, financial modeling & due diligence. Prior to Wamda, Abdul Kareem attended New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), where he pursued a degree in Economics. Abdul Kareem takes part in industry and VC events, networks with potential startups and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and keeps an eye out for the latest industry trends.

Sarah
Barkawi

Rua

Sarah
Barkawi

Rua

Sarah is currently a member of the investment team of Rua Growth Fund. Sarah started her career at EY as part the Strategy and Transaction team where she took leading roles in a variety of transaction engagements including valuations, feasibility studies, market studies and business plans. Sarah also worked at the International Finance Organization as part of the investment team, covering the Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services sector in the MENA region. Sarah holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from University of Jordan and a Master’s degree in International Business from Queen’s University in Canada.

Farah
Hijjawi

DAAL Ventures

Farah
Hijjawi

DAAL Ventures

Farah has more than 8 years of experience in the financial services sector with a focus on the investment space. Throughout her career, she raised capital worth $16 million for public and private companies, and managed investment portfolios worth +$400 million at various entities. Farah's experience is in corporate finance transactions, M&As, valuations, financial modeling, portfolio management, investment banking, macroeconomic analysis, and investment risk management. She has a BA in Finance and an MSc in Development Finance from The University of Manchester. She is also on the path towards CFA certification.

Mohammed
Alnasyan

Impact46

Mohammed
Alnasyan

Impact46

Part of the investment team at Impact46

Abdulelah
Alowayyid

Impact46

Abdulelah
Alowayyid

Impact46

Investment analyst with over 5 years of experience in M&A/JV and Venture Capital

Tala
Malhas

Global Ventures

Tala
Malhas

Global Ventures

Currently an associate at GV.Prior to that, I worked as an Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse, where she was involved in constructing and managing portfolios for individuals and family offices across MENA

Turki
Aljoaib

Rua Growth Fund

Turki
Aljoaib

Rua Growth Fund

Turki has been active in the tech startup space since 2016 when he co-founded Desert Agriculture, an agtech startup, and Sun Capture, a solar and energy services company. Both startups are operating under Aljoaib Holdings, a family business with a long history in diverse sectors such as energy, construction, and agriculture. In 2014, Turki graduated from the University of Southern California where he majored in civil and environmental engineering and minored in construction management. Turki also holds a master's degree in renewable energy engineering (green technology) from USC as well as a graduate certificate in tech commercialization from the USC Marshall School of Business

Pier
Armando

Iliad Partners

Pier
Armando

Iliad Partners

Pier is an Associate at Iliad Partners where he is constantly looking to meet and interact with the best entrepreneurs in the MENA region and beyond. He has a background in banking, venture capital and startup acceleration and comes from a small business family where he experienced first-hand the impact that entrepreneurship has on our everyday lives.

Saud
Al-Sahhaf

Impact46

Saud
Al-Sahhaf

Impact46

Curiosity comes from the core of my identity. It has led me to meet some incredible individuals who have shared their passion with me because I was willing to listen. Today, I apply my curiosity in the venture capital space.

zainab
al
sharif

Plus VC

zainab
al
sharif

Plus VC

Zainab Al Sharif, is the Investment Associate at Plus VC, a venture capital firm that invests in tech startups across the MENA region and diaspora.. She has extensive experience as an Investment Analyst in the private equity and venture capital field and is passionate about contributing to the growth of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously, she worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at Dividend Gate Capital (DGC), and as a Senior Investment Analyst at 500 Startups. Zainab specializes in generating new leads for investment opportunities by collecting and analyzing data based on new and current trends. Zainab has earned her MSc from King’s College London in Risk Analysis, and a BA in Business Management with Finance and Financial Services from the University of Westminster.

Hussein
Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein
Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein Attar is the CEO of Tech Invest Com, a 1Bn SAR saudi investment firm that invests in MENA-based early-stage tech startups and private equity investments in technology companies. He founded a tech startup that was selected as one of the top 50 Arab startups by Forbes. He sits on the board of several tech companies and a member of Oqal and Falak angel investment groups. He is also a member of the Saudi Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

Yousef
Ababtain

Shorooq Partners

Yousef
Ababtain

Shorooq Partners

Yousef is Saudi Country Lead and Senior Investment Professional at Shorooq Partners, a leading MENA focused venture capital firm. Previously worked at an internationally renowned advisory firm in Riyadh, working as a Consultant in strategy and financial due diligence. Yousef then moved to lead the business development and growth activities for a portfolio of Saudi-based companies across real estate, logistics and investment sectors.

Hussain
Almarhoon

Hala Ventures

Hussain
Almarhoon

Hala Ventures

Tina
Daher

Shorooq Partners

Tina
Daher

Shorooq Partners

As an Investment Professional with Shorooq Partners, Tina harnesses her passion for creating an impact by working with A+ founders with disruptive tech solutions to shape MENAP’s tomorrow. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut, after which she completed her Master’s degree in International Political Economy, Finance Focus, at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to VC, Tina has worked in Private Equity, Investment Banking, Law, and Insurtech. Tina recharges by practicing yoga, exercising, and spending time with family

Dr
Mohammed
Alrokayan

Squad Partners Pty Ltd

Dr
Mohammed
Alrokayan

Squad Partners Pty Ltd

Dr. Alrokayan is a lifelong technologist and entrepreneur. He is known by his strong background, both practical and academic, in startup investment, digitization, innovation, technology management, and strategic leadership. Utilizing a superior understanding of operations, he flawlessly orchestrates large budgets while managing world-class teams of up to 200 diverse individuals. Capable of easily identifying and evaluating risk, excels in forging relationships with senior stakeholders – Including Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministers – to ensure the effective delivery of business value and efficiency. Supporting this is his emphasis on maintaining an atmosphere of continuous improvement, mentoring budding technological leaders to retain and develop top-tier talent. With a wealth of experience leading digital and business teams throughout Saudi Arabia and across the globe, he constantly strives to empower leaders and entities in the ecosystem of entrepreneurship through innovation to multiply their economic and social impact.

Reem
Qawasmi

Ibtikar Fund

Reem
Qawasmi

Ibtikar Fund

Reem Qawasmi is Ibtikars CFO-in-Residence, a role through which she works closely with Ibtikars portfolio on financial planning and management. She is also a frequent organizer, mentor, and speaker in entrepreneurship events. Before joining Ibtikar, Reem worked at the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University. There, she mentored student founders at University’s business accelerator. Previously, over a four-year period, Reem provided financial and management consulting services for Palestinian startups. As Senior Auditor for EY and PwC, Reem led teams working on audit engagements for various institutions, including commercial banks, service companies, and non-profit organizations. Reem has an MBA from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and an Accounting and Business degree from Birzeit University.

Vijay
Tirathrai

Techstars

Vijay
Tirathrai

Techstars

Vijay Tirathrai is the Managing Director at Techstars Hub71 based in Abu Dhabi. He is an active investor with investments in over 30 early stage tech companies. As a serial entrepreneur, Vijay founded several companies including manufacturing of safety helmets, association management, event production and a VC fund in S.E. Asia. Vijay built his early career in senior executive roles namely in fashion retail, clothing manufacturing and real estate development. Prior to his current role, he was the Global CEO and Chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) based in Washington D.C. Throughout his career, he has taken up leadership and board roles such as the Young President Organization (International), Richmond University (London, U.K.), and the 16th Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.

WHAT GOES ON

Matchmaking

The upcoming Step Match edition will focus on startups across different stages startups seeking funding from investors.

1-on-1 Investor Meetings

Investors will select startups to connect through 1-on-1 online meetings and listen to startups pitch.


Investor Lounges & Networking

Startups will be able to participate in themed group networking lounges with investors and other startups, and participate in speed networking.