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Top 10 Local Angel Investors in Middle East

A list of 10 angel investors that invest in Local startups based in Middle east. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in Local companies from Middle east. We update this investor list every month.

Top 10 Local Angel Investors in Middle East

Investor Local Middle East investments
Mohammed Shafik 1
Isaac Applbaum 1
Namik Kural 1
Ryan Rzepecki 1
Adam Goldstein 1
Michael Granoff 1
Hanjoo Lee 1
Gigi Levy Weiss 1
Net Jacobsson 1
Erdem Gülen 1
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Mohammed Shafik Angel · Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Co-founder & CFO of Go.dayuse.
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Investment focus
  • Local, Travel, Leisure
  • Seed, Angel
  • Egypt, United Arab Emirates
Portfolio highlights
  • Godayuse — Godayuse is world's first portal specializes only in featuring day activities to help people break their routine without having to travel
  • HyperSpace — We invent, build, and operate next-gen attractions connected to digital lifestyles.
Isaac Applbaum Angel · San Francisco, California, United States
Isaac Applbaum joined MizMaa Ventures Limited as Founder and Partner in 2016.Isaac Applbaum is a founding General Partner of Opus Capital, a billion dollar early stage venture fund, .focusing his efforts on finding Israeli-based investments for the firm. Previously, Isaac was a Partner and Managing Director for Israel at Lightspeed Venture Partnersan early stage venture capital firm with over two billion dollars under management.Prior to joining Lightspeed, Mr. Applbaum was the founder and CEO of Concorde Solutions Inc. (CSI). In 1998 Mr. Applbaum sold CSI to Bank of America becoming a Senior Vice President at the bank with responsibility for running the bank’s E-ventures group and an advisor to the strategic investments group.Before founding Concorde Solutions, Mr. Applbaum was responsible for running US operations for Advanced Technology International, a large Israeli software development company.Mr. Applbaum currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Philanthropy to the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat. Mr. Applbaum is President of the Board of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, is on the board of directors of: The Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, the Shalem Institute, the Modern Bank and is on the National Council of AIPAC. Mr. Applbaum is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
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Investment focus
  • Artificial Intelligence, Mobile, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Series B
  • United States, Israel, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • Popsa — Popsa won the Software category and was placed 3rd overall in Deloitte’s list of the 50 fastest growing companies in the UK in 2020 (in-between Bulb and Revolut), and was also awarded a place as a "one to watch" in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100.In an increasingly digital world, it's all too easy to lose your photos to the cloudor to the depths of your camera roll, never to be seen again.So we decided to do something about it.Popsa launched in 2016 to bring your memories to life by printing them in beautiful, physical products that you can hold.However, instead of making you spend hours designing your product (like Snapfish or Photobox), we do the hard work for you in minutes.Our vision is to send you regular bundles of photos in the post without you having to think about it. Little presents to yourself. A monthly subscription to your memories.We're developing technology to make it happen:• Machine learning to curate your most sentimental photos. • Bespoke algorithms to automatically design beautiful layouts. • The fastest delivery from the best printers in the world.Customers will sign up and every month they'll unwrap a new collection of memories to keep for years to come.
  • Ringil — Ringil is a digital platform for the management of freight logistics and transportation.
  • Buying Show — Buying Show born in 2015 from fashion industry professionals who, after working for more than 20 years in the fashion industry, were frustrated by the slow and sometimes old-fashioned nature of the industry. They believe that through technology, they can help fashion industry professionals speed up sales cycles, shorten lead times, find customersand extend the buying seasons for collections, even with small teams.
Namik Kural Angel · Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Namik Kural is a Board Member at Visionteractive.
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Local, Security
  • Seed, Angel
  • Turkey
Portfolio highlights
  • BiSU — BiSU is a mobile platform that enables its users to order drinkable water in Turkey. Through the platform, its users have the ability to order water from any brand available nationally.BiSU is completely free of commission or fees and aims to democratize access to bottled water in Turkey by increasing transparency in prices and quality of water.The platform allows its customers to compare prices and pay with their credit cards for delivered bottled water.BiSU was launched in 2015 by Ergin Uner & Ozan Alptekin. It is based in Istanbul.
  • LOKI — LOKI is a cloud-based secure network platform that can be managed without any technical knowledge.The company enables companies to manage and secure their networks by changing how they interact with cybersecurity products. LOKI platform offers a cloud-based secure software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) infrastructure that automatically scansand protects all network traffic from threats.
  • eTasin.com — https://etasin.com
Ryan Rzepecki Angel · New York, New York, United States
Ryan Rzepecki was the founder and CEO of NYC-based JUMP Bikes (acquired by Uber in 2018), focused on developing innovative solutions for urban transportation. Early in his career, Rzepecki worked as a planner in the bikes division of New York City’s Department of Transportation. During that time, he worked extensively to bring bike facilities tomore New Yorkers. It was this experience that led him to design a high-tech bike share model that he entered in the Copenhagen Design Competition. By 2010, he founded the company under its original name Social Bicycles, and set out to realize his vision of using bicycles as a smarter, cleaner, and more fun mode of urban transportation. His company pioneered "smart bike" technology, allowing bike share to go dockless and become more accessible and convenient for riders.In 2013, Rzepecki was named one of the 100 Coolest People in Tech by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UBM’s Future Cities. He received his master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York and his bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business from Pennsylvania State University.
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Investment focus
  • B2C, E-Commerce, Augmented Reality
  • Seed, Angel, Series A
  • United States, Turkey, Finland
Portfolio highlights
  • Bümo — BumoCare offers on-demand weekday and weekend child care for busy parents. We provide educare -- care powered by our globally recognized curriculum.
  • Soar — Soar is a real-time streaming platform for volumetric video
  • Subject — Subject provides high school learners access to premium, on-demand courses for credit or study support
Adam Goldstein Angel · San Francisco, California, United States
Adam Goldstein is a Visiting Scientist at Levin Lab. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2010.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Enterprise Software
  • Seed, Series A, Convertible Note
  • United States, Turkey
Portfolio highlights
  • Arist — Inspired by Stanford research, Arist helps leading companies deliver microlearning, training, and nudges in the flow of work via Slack, Microsoft Teams, and text messages.
  • Scotty — Scotty Rideshare is the first and only two-wheel rideshare Company in Turkey
  • Scotty — Leading e-commerce logistics player in Turkey
Michael Granoff Angel · Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Michael Granoff is founder and Managing Partner of Maniv Mobility, a venture capital fund based in Tel Aviv which invests exclusively in the new mobility future. Founded in 2015, Maniv has a portfolio of over 25 mobility startups, in Israel, the US and beyond. They include companies developing sensors, software, simulation, localization, datamonetization, autonomous systems, over-the-air updates, automotive cyber-security, micromobility, new mobility business models and more. Aside from several startup boards, Mr. Granoff serves on the board of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy organization he helped establish in 2004. Past board roles included that of electric car network developer Better Place. He has been involved in three US Presidential campaigns and in 2010 received Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship. Mr. Granoff holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an MBA and JD from Kellogg, Northwestern University. He is a veteran marathon runner and lives just outside of Tel Aviv with his wife and four children.
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Investment focus
  • Automotive, Transportation, Apps
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • Israel, United States, United Arab Emirates
Portfolio highlights
  • Terraline — Solo AVT engages in revolutionizing the heavy truck industry.
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  • Revel — Electrifying cities through charging hubs, all electric rideshare, mopeds and eBikes.
Hanjoo Lee Angel · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
John Lee is Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is also a co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Korea. John is a co- founder & EVP of Corporate Development and Strategy of Hostway. He serves additional responsibilities as CEO of Hostway India. John and his fellow co- founders bootstrapped Hostwayinto a top 5 web hosting company in the world with over 700 employees.Hostway is a multinational web hosting company headquartered in Chicago, and serves more than 600,000 customers worldwide. He is currently responsible for overall corporate strategy, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he has held positions in every department of the company, including leading global marketing and sales and overall P&L for North America.Mr. Lee was born and raised in Korea and immigrated to the United States at age 13. He holds a BA in Biology from the University of Chicago.
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Investment focus
  • Local, Internet, Social Media
  • Angel
  • Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • WhoDoYou — Find trusted local service providers on WhoDoYou. Rely on advice collected from real conversations, skip the biased reviews and manipulated listings.
Gigi Levy Weiss Angel · 4 investments in the past 12 months
Gigi Levy Weiss is the General Partner at NFX. He attended Tel Aviv University and the Finance Department - Kellogg School of Management.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Israel, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Kama — Kama offers sexual wellness practices that improve how you experience love, sex, and intimacy. Available on the iOS App Store.
  • BrandShield — Your brand protection tool should do more than detect counterfeits. BrandShield will detect and takedown all manner of frauds, protecting your company.
  • Diagnostic Robotics — Diagnostic Robotic develops a signal-agnostic artificial intelligence system for healthcare insurers, providers, and patients. It allows to build powerful predictive analytics models that will solve a world-wide challenge, strained health budgets, and workforces. Diagnostic Robotic was founded on 2017 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Net Jacobsson Angel
Net Jacobsson is a former early Facebook Executive, Co-founder of Sparklabs Global Ventures, entrepreneur, angel investor & passionate mountain biker.
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Investment focus
  • E-Commerce, Local, Beauty
  • Seed, Angel
  • United States, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • Hooch — HOOCH is the free app that rewards you up to 10% back plus exclusive perks when you travel, shop or dine with global partners.
  • WhoDoYou — Find trusted local service providers on WhoDoYou. Rely on advice collected from real conversations, skip the biased reviews and manipulated listings.
  • Cointopia — Cointopia is an ICO launching platform that provides a crowdfunded marketplace powered by blockchain technology.
Erdem Gülen Angel · Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
I am who I am.
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Investment focus
  • Local, Mobile, Medical
  • Seed, Series A
  • Turkey
Portfolio highlights
  • Scotty — Scotty Rideshare is the first and only two-wheel rideshare Company in Turkey
  • Scotty — Leading e-commerce logistics player in Turkey
  • Genz Biotech — Genz is a biotech research & development company, developing novel diagnostic solutions for complex diseases, like cancer, coronavirus pandemic. Genz provides solutions for medical centers and/or end-users in cooperation with genetic disease and diagnostic centers. To date, Genz received 4 R&D grants and approval by Turkish Ministryof Health for 3 genetic tests.
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