Powered by Kooora.com, Vooora Ventures, the first sportstech accelerator in MENA, earlier this week announced that it has signed a partnership with Malaeb, a community app for football lovers.
Founded in 2016 by Ahmed Al-Rawi (CEO) and Yasser Abdulaziz (COO), Maleaeb is community app for football players that allows you to join matches and book fields. The company in 2017, raised its first round of seed investment of undisclosed amount from a clutch of institutions including Raed Ventures, 500 Startups, Vision Ventures, Inspire Ventures, and other angels.
Speaking of the development, Mustafa Mohammad, CEO of Kooora, in a statement sad, “We have a responsibility in developing the whole range of the sports ecosystem for players to spectators. We believe that there is a gap in innovative ventures in the Middle East whether in sports lifestyle, entertainment, technology, media and support services. Vooora will provide startups with endorsement, network and reach across the MENA region. Vooora’s partnership with Malaeb embodies our commitment towards the endorsement of innovation in our region.”
Hani Thalji, Managing Partner at Vooora Ventures, said, “We admire the journey of Malaeb and the value it offers to its audiences, and our partnership with Malaeb comes as a realization of our vision to create sounding alliances to provide actual and on-the-ground support to startups by providing them with tools, business support, marketing reach, knowhow, access to investment, strategic partnerships and much more, to help them achieve their original vision on more solid grounds and at a faster pace. Our strategic partnership with Kooora is based on a mutual vision of perceiving innovation and technology as necessary pillars to handle future needs and expectations of people in the region. We believe that many entrepreneurs can make a big difference and can change lives, and therefore we extend our hands to help them achieve their dreams and visions and take them to the next level towards creating success stories.”
Yasser Abdulaziz, CEO of Malaeb, said “We are very pleased to have signed this partnership with Vooora. The value that the Vooora team can bring to us was very evident from day one and is definitely something that we’re looking forward to capitalize on. We are also obviously very excited to work with Kooora who are a household name for sports fans in the MENA region and tapping into their network, audience, and expertise to introduce Malaeb into the rest of the MENA region. All three parties are dedicated to bringing innovation into the sports industry in the region and I’m confident that this partnership will accelerate this process significantly for all three parties.”
Being a renowned name in the Arab World, a leader in technology and sports news since 2002, Kooora aims to empower sportstech startups in the Arab World.