News and Trends

Abu Dhabi Financial Group Invests In US VC Firm 500 Startups

Abu Dhabi Financial Group Invests In US VC Firm 500 Startups
Image credit: Twitter/ADFG
ADFG CE0 Jassim Alseddiqi, 500 Startups Founding Partner and CEO Christine Tsai, and Algorythma CEO Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi
2 min read

You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.

In a move indicating its readiness to grow its portfolio, Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG), which manages more than US$6 billion in assets, has invested in US-based venture capital firm 500 Startups. Though details of the deal are undisclosed, ADFG stated in a release that it had made a “significant investment” in the VC firm to "accelerate 500’s key initiatives, expand to new markets and anchor future global funds."

Commenting on the investment, Jassim Alseddiqi, CEO of ADFG, said in a statement: “For ADFG, this is a groundbreaking investment, because 500’s global footprint and reach is incomparable. More than just a VC firm, 500 gains access to deals in global markets that many traditional VCs do not.” The investment also aligns with ADFG’s tech initiatives too- ADFG has built Algorythma (its own tech platform focused on developing new tech products) and Krypto Labs (its incubator and co-working space supporting early-stage startups). With the investment in 500, Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, CEO of Algorythma, will also join 500’s board of officers.

500 Startups Founding Partner and CEO Christine Tsai noted that the investment builds on past partnerships, as ADFG was a limited partner in 500 Startups’ previous funds too. “After accomplishing all that we have in just eight short years via organic growth, we are excited to take 500 to the next level," Tsai said. “I am proud to be working even more closely with ADFG to help accelerate 500’s future growth, invest in more promising companies, and further achieve our mission as one of the most active VC firms in the world.”

500 Startups, which manages over $400 million in capital, has invested in over 60 countries and more than 2,000 companies including Canva, Grab, Udemy, Carousell and Twilio, as well as notable MENA startups such as Tamatem, Eventtus, Moneyfellows, Nestrom and Enhance. Besides providing seed capital, the firm also supports startups through its Seed Programs in San Francisco and Mexico City, plus its Series A Program globally, including its MENA Dojo Series A Program catering to startups from the Middle East.

Related: Abu Dhabi Incubator Krypto Labs Launches To Accelerate Promising Startups

More from Entrepreneur

Grow Your Business at Entrepreneur LIVE! Join us on Nov. 16 in Brooklyn, NY, to learn from legends like Danica Patrick and Maria Sharapova, pitch our editors, meet with investors, and potentially walk away with funding!
Register here

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

In as little as seven months, the Entrepreneur Authors program will turn your ideas and expertise into a professionally presented book.
Apply Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.