– UAE, Dubai – Sarwa announced in its company blog that the company raised more than US$ 8.4 million with an impressive list of investors/strategic partners.
“KIPCO is delighted to be making its first fintech investment in Sarwa, which shares our belief in the need to encourage more people in the region to save by making available more accessible and reliable investment platforms. Sarwa speaks the language of the younger generation, an important and growing untapped segment. Our investment will give Sarwa access to KIPCO’s network of businesses and clients across the region, thus enabling the fintech company to benefit from our regional presence as we strive together to grow the business and expand its reach.” Osama T. Al Ghoussein, KIPCO SVP Banking and Sarwa Board Member.
More funds injection means more people will know about how to better invest, faster. The Sarwa team has been in talks with major regional and international investors and we are happy to announce that it’s a wrap!
This round is a testament to the progress we made towards helping everyone in the region optimize his/her personal finance. It shows that during the past year, we worked hard on improving on existing features and added more products to our already existing compelling list, while staying true to our mission: working on putting an end to expensive savings plans and making investing transparent and available to all. There is still so much we want to do. Today we announce this new round led by Kuwait Projects Company, also known as KIPCO – a massive regional investment holding group with consolidated assets of more than US$ 30 Billion – joined by leading investors such as Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Vision Ventures from Saudi, Hambro Perks from the UK, as well as our great existing list of investors that were part of the previous rounds, and believed in us from the beginning.
With the support of such strategic partners, we are strengthening our position in the UAE, and working on further progressing with our expansion plan. This new round brings Sarwa’s total funding to over US$ 10 million since its inception in December of 2017 by our Co-founders Mark Chahwan, Jad Sayegh and Nadine Mezher. Sarwa was the first firm within the Dubai International Financial Centre to be granted an Innovation Testing License and was part of the first cohort of DIFC FinTech Hive. Now, Sarwa is growing, strong and fast.
Another meaningful milestone: it is the first time that a regional investment group collaborates with a regional Fintech. KIPCO’s move confirms that it is the right time for the market to move towards affordable, accessible investing. In parallel, KIPCO, through its regional presence, will support us in our growth to new markets.
What did everyone have to say about it? We asked!
“The coming together of a large institution that understands how to build leading asset managers, with the first licensed Fintech out here sets a great example for the region. This is a vote of confidence from a Financial Institution that decided to collaborate with a team they trust to deliver superior client experiences and investment returns in wealth management’, Mark Chahwan, our CEO.’ All our partners believe in what we are trying to achieve: making investing as smart and simple as can be and allowing anyone to grow their wealth and build for a better future.”
With ADIO joining the round, we are also expanding to Abu Dhabi where the company is growing its tech team to include the brightest talents.
Dr. Tariq Bin Hendi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Investment Office said: “Sarwa is among a new wave of tech startups that are thriving in the UAE as our FinTech sector continues to flourish. ADIO’s funding will enable Sarwa to expand its UAE operations, creating new opportunities for employment in Abu Dhabi’s tech sector. We are committed to supporting innovation-led businesses to establish and grow in the emirate of Abu Dhabi through our Ventures Fund.”
Also, commenting on the announcement, Sharif El-Badawi, Managing Partner at 500 Startups MENA said: “As the future of digital wealth grows exponentially, we are delighted to be part of Sarwa, one of the first robo-advisories that has consistently shown potential in delivering results. We have been impressed by Sarwa’s achievements since the seed round and we are pleased to support their business growth in 2020 and beyond. Our investment perfectly fits our growth strategy of investing in companies at the forefront of technology and we look forward to working closely with a strong team to help accelerate growth to build a category leader.”
As part of their investment in the region, Ali Qaiser, Managing Director at Hambro Perks added: “As a tech-enabled financial platform with strong growth in the region, Sarwa is an excellent addition to our portfolio. Hambro Perks backs game-changing companies and Sarwa has the potential to reinvent its sector. This is the first of many investments Hambro Perks plans to make in the Gulf in 2020 and we are excited that Sarwa is our steppingstone here.”
Amazing. We also plan on continuing to fight expensive, non-transparent saving plans and to expand into new markets including Saudi, assisted by our strategic partners such as Vision Venture, Hala Ventures and Angel Investor Musaab Hussain Nasser Hakami.
Meanwhile, Shorooq Investment’s Kunal Savjani, Partner, also added: “Shorooq has had the privilege to witness Sarwa’s journey from the very beginning and are proud to see it as the leading investment Robo-advisory firm it has become today. Armed with incredible momentum and this strong financing round, we are confident Sarwa will accelerate exponentially and continue to unlock the opportunity for consumers in the region to simplify their financial lives”
Because of all of you, we had an incredible 2019: the company grew by more than 10X and is looking forward to building on this momentum, providing new products for our ever-growing community in the year ahead.
For more information: https://www.sarwa.co
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