The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) announced that it has opened the AED535 million ($145.6 million) Ghadan Ventures Fund to support the emirate’s growing venture capital and start-up ecosystem.

ADIO managed the new fund. It is part of the government’s Ghadan 21 programme that is working to accelerate Abu Dhabi’s economy. The Ghadan Ventures Fund has two key programmes that have been designed to increase the availability of capital for Abu Dhabi based start-ups, as well as serve as a catalyst for new fund managers seeking to establish themselves in the capital.

The Start-up Matching Fund will work to stimulate Abu Dhabi’s entrepreneurial landscape by increasing the amount of capital available for seed and early stage companies. ADIO will match a start-up’s lead VC investment dirham for dirham, up to AED10 million for seed rounds, and AED50 million for Series ‘A’ per round.

To help grow the number of VC funds operating in the emirate, ADIO has also launched the New Managers Fund under which newly formed Abu Dhabi-based VCs can apply for fund matching, based on the amount they raise in the private market.

Elham Abdulghafoor Mohamed AlQasim, CEO of ADIO, said: “Entrepreneurialism will be a key driver of Abu Dhabi’s economy and we are working to further enable local entrepreneurial talent, attract global entrepreneurs and build a thriving integrated start-up ecosystem.”

“The objective of the Ghadan Ventures Fund is two-fold – we are helping new VCs establish in Abu Dhabi to ensure local start-ups have access to more investors whilst also driving the establishment and growth of start-ups in Abu Dhabi by increasing the amount of investment capital available in the market,” he added.

Source: Arabian Business

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