- Three major Egyptian banks have launched a fintech fund in partnership with Global Ventures. Banque Misr, National Bank of Egypt, and Banque du Caire, are backing the $85 million fund, Nclude by Global Ventures, which will target investments in fintech startups operating in the Middle East and Africa region (MEA).
- The fund is anchored by Banque Misr, with the National Bank of Egypt and Banque du Caire acting as strategic investors. Other investors include eFinance Investment Group and Egyptian Banks Company.
- It has already deployed investments in the following companies: Khazna, a B2B digital reward app, Lucky, a consumer financing app, Paymob, a payment solutions provider and Mozare3, an agritech startup offering microloans to smallholder farmers.
Egypt's largest national banks - Banque Misr, National Bank of Egypt, and Banque du Caire – and Global Ventures, a leading MEA-focused venture capital firm - announced the launch of Nclude by Global Ventures, following approval by the Central Bank of Egypt (“CBE”).
This bold and unprecedented step is an implementation of the country’s strategic vision to support young innovators who will build the Egyptian Economy of the future, Nclude by Global Ventures will focus on accelerating Fintech Innovation and driving Financial Inclusion. The initial amount, equivalent to $85 million investment in the Fund, is led by Banque Misr as an Anchor Investor and National Bank of Egypt and Banque du Caire as Strategic Investors. Other investors include the finance investment Group and the Egyptian Banks Company. The Fund is also set to attract further investment from prominent regional and international investors.
The Fund has already made its first investments in four companies. These are:
● Khazna: A financial Super App that offers convenient, technology-driven financial solutions to underserved consumers
● Lucky: Egypt’s leading consumer fintech app, offering installments, offers, cashback rewards and credit.
● Mozare3: meaning farmer in Arabic, is an Agri-fintech platform that provides smallholder farmers with direct access to inputs financing, markets, and hands-on technical support.
● Paymob: A leading digital payment service provider
In addition to investing in existing start-ups, the Fund will be supported by Shipyard TechnologyVentures - a global venture builder - who are bringing their world-class development capabilities to the Egyptian market to help create Fintech start-ups that address local and regional opportunities.
Mr. Tarek Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, said: “This step is an implementation of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to support innovative youth in Fintech and Fintech-enabled sector, as well as CBE’s FinTech & Innovation Strategy which aims to create an enabling environment for the FinTech industry and adopt more innovative FinTech solutions capable of delivering banking and financial services to all segments of society more easily and at less cost, as a crucial step to transform Egypt into a regional center for the fintech industry in the Arab World and Africa.“The aforementioned strategy is based on key integrated pillars, which are represented in supporting fintech talents and young entrepreneurs, providing a stimulating legislative and regulatory environment for the FinTech industry, in a way that achieves a balance between financial stability and unleashing innovation. In addition to meeting the market Fintech demand areas and adoption of new FinTech solutions, and increasing investments directed to FinTech & FinTech-enabled solutions, which is considered as one of the top priority pillars.”
Mr. Mohamed El-Etreby, Chairman of Banque Misr, said:
"Banque Misr's contribution to this Fund is a reflection of our commitment to keeping up with the pace of global developments in Fintech – as it is the future of banking and financial services in Egypt and the world. This Fund will achieve many gains for the Egyptian Economy by supporting the country's young Fintech talent and creating the ideal environment for them to develop innovative solutions that will help deliver banking and financial services to all segments of society in a more efficient and affordable manner." This is an important step to transform Egypt into a Regional center for the Arab and African Fintech industry. It will also help raise financial inclusion rates and accelerate Egypt's digital transformation, which is integral to delivering the Egypt Vision 2030."
Mr. Hisham Okasha, Chairman of the National Bank of Egypt, commented: “The Nclude Fund aims to sponsor early-stage Fintech startups, and young Fintech talent, who will help build the Egyptian economy of the future. In addition, the Fund targets creating an appropriate environment to attract, nurture, and localize talent in the Egyptian market to build creative Fintech solutions, while promoting innovation in the digital banking and financial services sector, to reach all segments of society with ease and efficiency. This strategy will accelerate digital transformation and drive financial inclusion, in line with the Central Bank of Egypt's pioneering vision to foster innovation in Fintech and Fintech-enabled sectors to ultimately achieve the goals of Egypt’s Vision 2030 and aligns with NBE’s strategy on digital transformation."
Mr. Tarek Fayed, Chairman and CEO of the Banque du Caire added: "The launch of this Fund creates a unique opportunity for investors, and entrepreneurs to come together and create scalable and affordable financial technology solutions. Such solutions will not only improve the quality of current services but will also create new services using cutting edge technology that leverages a data-driven approach to attract the underbanked and financially excluded segments of society." This Fund has a strategic developmental angle that will benefit the Egyptian economy as a whole and position the country as a Regional Fintech Innovation hub, in line with the CBE."
Basil Moftah, Partner at Global Ventures, commented: "We are delighted to have the overwhelming support of all our investors in this Fund, and thankful for their trust. Over the past few years, we have had the privilege of being part of the journey of many entrepreneurs across MEA, with a particular focus on the Fintech sector and Egypt as a key priority market. Egypt's huge unbanked, young population and cash-dominated economy offer strong opportunities for local and regional Fintech and Fintech enabled companies who continue to witness exponential growth in the market. We look forward to partnering with all stakeholders in the ecosystem to continue to fuel this growth and transform Egypt into a Regional center of excellence for Fintech innovation.”
Islam Darwish, General Partner of the Nclude FinTech Fund, added: "Over the past few years, Egypt made a quantum leap forward by becoming home to a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem with Fintech at its heart. Thanks to progressive government regulation, and an increasing partnership with financial institutions, Fintech startups, are playing a pivotal role in transforming Egypt into a financially inclusive digital economy via Fintech innovation. "We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to partner with the local and international investor community to provide ambitious founders the tools they need to succeed and compete at local, regional and global levels while contributing to Egypt's socio-economic development and prosperity."