His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, approved the launch of the ‘Venture Debt Fund for Startups’ to bolster and sustain startup projects in the emirate.
With a capital of approximately AED370 million, the Fund aims to drive Dubai’s economic growth and fortify its position as a global hub for FinTech, innovation, and venture capital. The Fund will come into effect starting June 2022.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan said “We approved the launch of the ‘Venture Debt Fund for Startups’ today under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to spearhead economic diversification and ignite sustainable economic growth. We are committed to create a vibrant business environment and provide the opportunities to promote excellence.”
“With an agile legislative system, robust financing tools, an effective regulatory environment, and most importantly, dynamic public and private sectors, Dubai has established itself as the city of entrepreneurs and risk-tolerant investors. Dubai has been able to attract the best talent and investors from around the world to forge partnerships and mutually benefit from the tremendous opportunities offered. In short, Dubai nurtures bold ambitions,” His Highness added.
The fund will be managed and supervised by the DIFC, which is also a 15% contributor to the Fund, the ‘Venture Debt Fund for Startups’ will create an integrated funding system with a number of suitable options that can cater to the needs of enterprises.
The Fund will provide AED370 million in capital to finance small to medium startup projects, supporting their development in Dubai and gradual expansion to global markets. This will in turn help develop and foster a stimulating environment for the establishment of funds or similar financing instruments.
The Fund is also set to contribute in strengthening Dubai’s position as a regional centre for entrepreneurship and FinTech, innovation and venture capital, and ensuring that it attracts investors and entrepreneurs from around the world.