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Investor Forum

2019 saw FinTech Abu Dhabi introduce the Investor Forum as the first day of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival. This FTAD Investor Forumprivate, invite-only event was specially designed for leading regional and international investors to gather with their peers, exchange ideas and practices, and hear from some of the most exciting FinTech Leaders from around the world.

Co-Hosted by Hub71, the Investor Forum took place on 21 October in ADGM Authorities Building on Al Maryah Island and attendees were carefully curated and personally invited to listen and learn to high level speakers discuss the future of FinTech.

Attendees of the Investor Forum were automatically entitled to free tickets to attend the FinTech Abu Dhabi Summit on 22 and 23 October at ADNEC.

Download our pdf information pack for the 2019 event

The Investor Forum took a closer look into the reasons why investors from across the world are turning their sights to MENA, including diversifying investment portfolios and looking for the next FinTech unicorn.

Importantly, this Forum also offered the opportunity to understand how to benefit from Ghadan 21. Attendees also had an exclusive glimpse at the most promising FinTechs from around the world that took part in the Falcon’s Cauldron pitching sessions. Investors who joined the Investor Forum were invited to attend the full FinTech Abu Dhabi programme of events (21-23 October) free of charge. 

Co-Hosted by HUB71

Co-Hosted by HUB71

The Agenda 2019

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10:00
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, Al Maryah Island
10:30
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, 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?
11:00
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, 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.
11:25
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, 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?
11:40
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, 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?

12:00
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, 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. 
12:25
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, Al Maryah Island
    The best startups meet the best investors. Sparks will fly.
13:30
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, Al Maryah Island
16:00
    • Invitation Only
    ADGM Authorities Building, Al Maryah Island

Investor Forum - At a Glance

A Packed Agenda

Mubadala, SoftBank, Hub71, Plug and Play explored 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 were held, bringing together delegates, speakers and founders.

Network

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.

Roundtable

Introducing the Falcon's Cauldron

Regional and international investors were pitched to on stage by founders revolutionising the industry. Sparks flew.

Sparks

FAQ

Who is the Investor Forum for?

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 in the ADGM Atrium. The address is: 

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

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