- Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has committed an additional $300 million to Saudi venture capital firm STV, on top of an earlier investment of $500 million.
- The new funding will be used to fuel STV's plans to back and scale the region's digital startups.
- Founded in 2018 by Abdulrahman Tarabzouni - and 64 per cent owned by Saudi Arabia's sovereign Public Investment Fund - STV is the region’s largest VC fund with a fund target of $1 billion.
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) said on Wednesday it had committed an additional $300 million to Saudi venture capital firm STV on top of an earlier $500 million investment.
The new funding will be used "to further fuel STV's mission of backing and scaling the region's digital champions," said STC, which is 64% owned by Saudi Arabia's sovereign Public Investment Fund.
STV's founder and chief executive Abdulrahman Tarabzouni, a Google executive for seven years until 2016, said the firm was "proud of stc's vote of confidence by doubling down on STV."
"We believe the region has reached an upward tipping point and has emerged as one of the most attractive regions globally for venture investments," he said.
STV was set up in 2018 and STC provided its entire $500 million capital. The telecom company said "STV drove almost 60% of VC deployment in Saudi Arabia" this year and created thousands of jobs and "millions of gig jobs".
The Middle East and North Africa had $2.6 billion in venture capital funding last year, according to MAGNiTT, which captures data on startups and fundraising in the region.
STC said the venture capital market in Saudi Arabia grew 244 per cent to $584 million in the first half of 2022, compared to the same period in 2021.