Episode 8 - An undeniable, irreversible mindset shift in healthcare
Earlier this month, Sarah and I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Fayad Al Dandashi, CEO of Tamer Healthcare, for an in-depth discussion on the drivers of innovation in healthcare, and his perspective on how the space is shaping up for the future. Dr. Fayad started his professional path as an entrepreneur, having founded two companies in biotech and healthcare. Building on his experience as a founder, which offered him access to the innings of the industry, Dr. Fayad moved to the public sector where he last served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Health Investment Development at the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia before joining Tamer Healthcare, the largest healthcare conglomerate in Saudi Arabia, which has recently acquired Mumzworld.
As we take a closer look at the space, some of the main themes underpinning the latter seem to be: 1) increase in consumer awareness, 2) interoperability, standardization, and integrability, 3) decentralization of care provision, 4) personalization in health and wellness.
By and large, the most crucial transformation that has occurred is a complete shift in mindset on how we view healthcare, years in the making, and now being materialized through reforms to regulations in the space and multiple regional initiatives to optimize access to, and quality of healthcare, as well as through the companies we invest in.
In our discussion with Dr. Fayad, he lays out the core principles driving healthcare forward in the region.
Episode 7 - Culture and Growth
The last couple of years, it seems, have witnessed a certain coming of age of the tech ecosystem in MENA, with founders moving on to their second ventures, operators launching their own companies, and a lot of movement within support organizations. Exits such as those of Careem and Mumzworld are bound to create trailblazing founder ‘mafias’ of their own, who will go on to launch the next Careem’s and Mumzworld’s of the region. Others will take on leadership positions in similar companies and leverage their unique expertise to grow them into the next success story.
There is a tangible change of pace in investments as well, with rounds closing in close succession and companies growing at an unprecedented pace, made possible in part by a strengthened support infrastructure, improved regulations, but most of all, by a new generation of founders with incredible depth of experience and the teams they surround themselves with.
In Episode 7 of The Nuwa Capital podcast, we had the pleasure of hosting Nathalie Spree, Partner at True Search, an executive search platform helping companies hire senior talent across the globe, and part of the Nuwa Network. With companies witnessing accelerated growth on one hand, and sourcing and hiring the right talent becoming increasingly challenging and competitive on the other, we wanted to pause on what it means to build the right team, best practices for hiring, what talent is looking for, and the real cost of poor company culture.
Episode 6 - Laying the foundations for Retail 3.0
In Ep. 6 of our podcast, Khaled Talhouni sat with Anass Boumediene and Mehdi Oudghiri to discuss eyewa from inception to Series B, a round Nuwa Capital co-led and which was announced today.
When we launched Nuwa Capital, a key part of our thinking was to invest in companies building the next generation of retail where the online and offline experiences are seamlessly integrated and private label/own brands drive growth and differentiation.
Eyewa, one of our first investments in 2020 as part of their pre-Series B, best exemplifies our thinking.
Episode 5 - Health and wellness are about to become much more consumer-centric
Sundeep Sahni and Nadin Karadag are part of a new generation of founders who have significant depth in their field, a stellar track record, and unparalleled drive and ambition.
Sundeep is a third-time entrepreneur, having previously cofounded two businesses, both of which were acquired by Alibaba, Lazada. Nadin brings years of experience on the capital side through Growthgate Partners, and had also had a number of operational roles prior to that at large corporations.
The cofounders conceived Valeo, a personalized health and wellness platform during the pandemic, and have just launched. Valeo’s mission is to democratize access to health and wellness, by offering services that had historically been reserved to athletes, or the affluent, through an innovative business model.
We’ve recently invested in Valeo’s Seed round. An early-stage investment for us at Nuwa Capital, and one that is deeply rooted in our conviction in backing exceptional founders, especially ones who’ve previously built and scaled innovative businesses.
Valeo is offering 15% discount off on its services - make sure to download the app and use promo code: "FeelYourBest"
Episode 4 - The evolution of marketplaces
Launched in 2020, Homzmart is an online furniture marketplace connecting consumers with manufacturers and sellers. The company found itself in a unique position since launch and throughout the pandemic, and navigated its way through growth of 30x in sales. The company, one of the fastest-growing companies we've seen, is helmed by Mahmoud Ibrahim and Ibrahim Mohamed - a new generation of seasoned founders who have previously played key roles in Daraz and Jumia.
In this episode of our podcast, Sarah Abu Risheh and Homzmart founder Mahmoud Ibrahim discuss the main drivers behind marketplaces, where the furniture industry is heading, and how the founder saw the space change.
Episode 3 - Championing access to earned income
Launched in 2018, FlexxPay is a Saas-based employee financial wellness platform allowing companies to offer their employees access to already-earned income. Our deep conviction in FlexxPay stems from its robust model, and most importantly, its strong founding team, Michael Truschler and Charbel Nasr, and how they look at the space they’re operating in (the intersection of fintech and HR/productivity).
In this episode of our podcast, we chat with Michael about the FlexxPay model, where the MENA region stands with regards to the changing nature of employment, and FlexxPay’s evolving value proposition for companies looking to preserve their most valuable asset, their team.