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About

we invest in technology startups from around the world.

International accelerator investing in technology startups from all around the world...


SeedStartup is an international startup accelerator + seed venture fund with a global focus and an emphasis on diversity.

Each selected startup receives an investment of up to USD 25k ($20k if the team consists of 2 co-founders, $25k if it's 3 or more co-founders) in return for a 10% equity stake.

Startup founders then undergo an intense 3 month mentorship-driven hands-on, practical, personalized, entrepreneurship bootcamp under the close guidance of successful entrepreneurs, seasoned investors and domain experts.  The mentors are top tier talent from all around the world.  At SeedStartup we’re very heavy on the mentorship.  And we only work with the best mentors.  Get ready for some serious collaborative brainstorming, frequent pushback and no nonsense been-there, done-that guidance.  10 high-calibre mentors per startup. At least an hour per week with each. Personalized deep dives.  Intense.

about_imageBy the end of the program we expect participating startups to have developed early traction and be well positioned to raise their next round of funding.  At that point we facilitate introductions to regional and international angel investors and VCs from our extensive network.

Program

Highly accelerated venture development.

Collaborate closely with top entrepreneurs, VCs and angel investors. Unique access to the best minds in the business.

We focus on helping you establish product-market fit and gain traction quickly. 3 months. Crazy intense. Super productive.
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  • FUNDING

    A little bit of funding to get you going. $20k to $25k easily covers your early startup expenses during and after the program.

  • MENTORSHIP

    Experience matters. It's not every day that you get access to successful entrepreneurs who have walked the walk and investors who have seen what works and what doesn't.

  • EXPOSURE

    We help with access to key media outlets who can get the word out for your startup.  PR is one of the most important and cost-effective customer acquisition channels.

  • INTRODUCTIONS

    Your mentors also open up their (often extensive) networks for you.  That means access to investors, potential customers, strategic partners, key hires. You get the picture.

Portfolio

a closer look at SeedStartup's investments

SeedStartup thinks global.  We have investments in Malaysia, Tanzania, Italy, Bahrain, India, Jordan, the US and the UK.

Notable: Metwit was selected by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the 100 Brilliant Companies of 2013. Rasello has increased their valuation 40x. Exa.io won the Intel Business Challenge MENA. The latest additions to the portfolio include GiftCardsy and Markabaty.
  • ALL
  • Bahrain
  • India
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Malaysia
  • Tanzania
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

Video

Our latest video. Take a look.

Mentors, investors and founders share thoughts about the SeedStartup experience

86% of our startups received at least one follow-on investment offer.  Pretty cool.

We keep our batch sizes small to ensure each startup gets tons of personalized attention to maximize chances of success.  Quality over quantity.



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Team

Meet the Dudes Behind SeedStartup.

We're a couple of down to earth guys who love innovation, creativity and startups.

We also think bringing together people from different backgrounds, cultures and ways of thinking is pretty cool.  Diversity is a beautiful thing.

RONY EL-NASHAR

MANAGING PARTNER
Funded over 300 startups and counting.  Prior to venture capital, was a tech entrepreneur (DiscountedProperties) with successful exit in 2007.  Ex- Shomiti (Silicon Valley), Citrix (South Florida), Khalifa Fund (Abu Dhabi).  London Business School MBA.  Masters & Bachelors in Computer Engineering.  Appreciator of creativity.

SALEM AL NOAIMI

PARTNER
MD of Waha Capital PJSC, an Abu Dhabi-based, publicly listed investment holding company with interests in aircraft and other big-ticket asset leasing, maritime, land development and financial services. Board member for Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Dunia Finance, Siraj Finance, MENA Infrastructure Fund, Aercap (NYSE Listed) and Bahrain's ADDAX Bank.  Major corporate dude.
 

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  • Mentor sessions

    December 08, 2011
    We filmed a couple of mentor sessions with some of SeedStartup's awesome mentors: Karim Helal of Monaqasat.com J.C. ...
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  • Founders on a yacht

    December 07, 2011
    Since we were nearing the end of our 2011 program, we organized a surprise for the founders in full compliance with our ...
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  • SeedStartup joins the ...

    June 04, 2011
    Today I'm thrilled to announce that SeedStartup has joined the TechStars Network, a select invitation-only group of ...
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FAQ

Things you should know.
  • When is your next program and how do I apply?

    The SeedStartup fund is now fully deployed and we will not be making any additional investments for 2014.

  • How many founders should be in the team?

    3 to 4 founders is ideal. However, we will consider teams with up to 5 or 6 founders. We will not consider single founders. If you’re currently a single founder, go out and find some co-founders with complementary skill sets before applying.

  • What team backgrounds do you look for?

    We prefer teams that are more technically oriented. Ideally, you will have at least 1 strong developer + 1 business person. Other good expertise to have within your team are UI/UX, design, product management, digital marketing, etc. Teams consisting of all business people will not be considered. On the other hand, we will look at teams that are all technical. Your team must have the technical ability to actually build your product within the 3 month program. If you’re planning on outsourcing the development of your product, we cannot consider your application. 

  • Can we apply with just an idea or should we already have a product built?

    We very strongly prefer that you show us an early prototype that you’ve already built. We would like to check it out and play around with it. It’s ok if it’s still very basic.

  • Does SeedStartup require that all founders quit their jobs to attend the program?

    Absolutely. All accepted team members must be working on their startup full-time during the entirety of the program and beyond. If you’re accepted, we’ll be investing our hard earned money in you because we think you’ll succeed. We’re serious about your startup and we expect the same of you.

  • Can anyone apply?

    Yes, SeedStartup is open to entrepreneurs from anywhere. However, the SeedStartup fund is now fully deployed and we will not be making any additional investments for 2014.

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