Algebra Ventures Fund I (IFC-37639)

Regions
  • Middle East and North Africa
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Countries
  • Egypt
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Approved
Bank Risk Rating
FI
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Voting Date
Sep 30, 2016
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Borrower
Algebra Ventures
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
Equity
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, etc.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 10.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jul 31, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Jun 2, 2016


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Project Description

According to IFC website, the project consists of an equity investment of up to US$10 million (not to exceed 20% of total capital commitments) in Algebra Ventures Fund Coop A.V. The Fund will be incorporated as a closed-end venture capital fund in the Netherlands with an expected final size of US$50 million. Algebra will make investments in technology and technology-enabled startups mainly in Egypt and in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

People Affected By This Project

(i) Access to Finance: The Fund will focus on early stage startups in Egypt, a market that has traditionally been underserved by investors, particularly for startups requiring series A and series B funding. While Egyptian startups have recently started to experience a growing interest from accelerator funds and angel investors, they do not have enough access to Series A/B/C capital which cause many of them to wind down due to lack of funding.
(ii) Private Sector Development: The Fund Manager''s financial, technical, and operational skills will help the Fund''s portfolio companies grow sales and revenues, achieve and increase profitability, and access additional capital through subsequent funding rounds. The Fund will also help support technology and technology enabled start-ups and entrepreneurship in Egypt.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors

The Fund will be managed by Algebra Ventures B.V. (the “Fund Manager”), which will be incorporated as a private Limited Liability Company in the Netherlands. The Fund principals will be the key shareholders of the Fund Manager, namely: Khaled Ismail, Tarek Assaad, and Ziad Mokhtar.

Contact Information

Project Contact: Ziad Mokhtar
Office Address: Villa 156, Mirage City, First Settlement, New Cairo – Cairo, Egypt.
Telephone No.: +201001351337
Email: ziad@algebraventures.com

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