Investor Forum

Investor Forum

In its third year, this edition will establish FinTech Abu Dhabi as MENA’s largest FinTech festival, exploring the next frontier of financial technology andimage innovation.

This year Abu Dhabi Global Market, powered by Unbound, introduce the Investors Forum as the first day of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival. A private, invite only event for leading regional and international investors to gather with their peers, exchange ideas and practices, plus hear from some of the most exciting FinTech Leaders from around the world.

The Investor Forum will take place on 21 October at the ADGM Building and attendees will be carefully curated and personally invited to listen and learn to high level speakers discuss the future of FinTech.

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Do you wish to diversify your investment portfolio and are looking for the next FinTech unicorn? The Investor Forum will dive into the reasons why investors from across the world are turning their sights to MENA.

Importantly, this Forum will be your opportunity to understand how you can benefit from Ghadan 21. You will also have an exclusive glimpse of the most promising FinTechs from around the world that will be partaking in the Falcon’s Cauldron pitching sessions. Investors that join the Investor Forum will be invited to attend the full FinTech Abu Dhabi programme of events (21-23 October) free of charge.

    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
    The Arab world is actively working to attract the presence of startups in the region with $471 million being invested in MENA startups in the first half of 2019 alone. A number of initiatives are being deployed from incubators, accelerators and reward schemes. How can MENA position itself to be an attractive place for aspiring entrepreneurs? What incentives are actually effective for attracting the best talent to the region?
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
    What problems keep VCs up at night? And what kind of investments and trends are they focused on in the Middle East? We want to hear from regional and global investors from different stages and sectors, to learn about best practices on building and exiting innovative businesses.
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
    The FinTech sector in the Middle East and Africa is forecast to grow to $2.5 billion by 2022. 2018 saw 46 funding rounds but are the conditions right for the FinTech sector to continue to thrive in the UAE?
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
    The Abu Dhabi government announced the launch of their Ghadan21 initiative which commits Dh4 billion to research and development, increasing the number of SME businesses in the region and moving the economy away from a reliance on oil. This session assesses the opportunities that exist for venture capitalists in aiding the UAE's mission to diversify the economy and identifies where the most value lies in the region.
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island

    With ample startups forming each day and new technologies constantly evolving how do you spot a startup with great investment and scaling potential? Better yet how can you tell if one has the ability to achieve unicorn status?

    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
    2018 was a record year in FinTech with $36.6 billion of venture capital invested in the sector across 2,304 deals, a 148% or 2.5x increase from 2017. The scope of these deals varies greatly between continent with a different pace of deals, risk aversion and involvement of corporate venture and IPOs to name a few. This panel compares and contrasts the differences in the global investment landscape. 
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
    The best startups meet the best investors. Sparks will fly.
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island

Investor Forum - At a Glance

A Packed Agenda

Join Mubadala, SoftBank, Hub71, Plug and Play to explore MENA Embracing FinTech, Supporting Founders through to Series A and Beyond and How East Meets West in Abu Dhabi.

Fully packed agenda

Premium Networking Opportunities

A breakfast reception and networking lunch will bring together delegates, speakers and founders.


Connect with Founders of Proven Businesses

One-2-Ones with Scaling Businesses

A series of intimate roundtables with Founders and the investors that have backed them. Plus the opportunity to meet one-on-one.


Introducing the Falcon's Cauldron

Regional and international investors are pitched to on stage by founders revolutionising the industry. Sparks will fly.



Who is the Investor Forum for?

We are looking to gather investors interested in or actively supporting startups and scaleups in the Financial Services and FinTech space. We use a broad definition when considering investors, but predominantly we welcome applications to attend from:

  • ANGEL INVESTORS:  A high net worth individual or syndicate representative that has invested over $100,000 (in total) into at least three startups within the last 18 months.

  • VENTURE CAPITALISTS: Partner level in a fund that has invested in at least 3 startups in the last 18 months.

  • CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITALISTS: Senior decision-makers in the investment arm of a corporation that can demonstrate a clear mandate to invest in startups.

However, this list is not exhaustive and applications from other active investors will also be considered.

What does attending FinTech Abu Dhabi cost as an investor?

Nothing. If you are accepted after making an application to join the Investor Forum, you will receive a discount code to apply and register for a complimentary pass. However, please note this is offered to you on the condition you are able to attend the Investor Forum, the Deal Day and FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival. We do not offer to contribute towards the cost of travel and accommodation to attend the Festival.

Once accepted after applying to join the Investors Forum, how do I get my free ticket?

Once you have been accepted after submitting a complete application to the Investor Forum, we will share with you a discount code you can apply when registering to attend FinTech Abu Dhabi for free. However, please note this is offered to you on the condition you are able to attend the Investor Forum and FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival. We do not offer to contribute towards the cost of travel and accommodation to attend the Festival.

I'm a Founder, how do I get involved?

Only Founders already engaged with FinTech Abu Dhabi as a participant of the Innovation Challenge, FinTech 50, Awards or involved through a partner such as Plug and Play will be invited to join the Investor Forum.

Where will the Investor Forum be held?

The Investor Form will take place on 21 October in ADGM Atrium. The address is: 

ADGM Square
Al Maryah Island
PO Box 111999
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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