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VC Sandbox: Episode 6: Paymob: Digital payment solutions and Egypt’s transition to a cashless society
In April 2021, Cairo-based fintech Paymob closed the largest ever Series A investment round raised by a fintech in Egypt. The US$18.5 million round which was led by Global Ventures, with participation from A15 and the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, FMO provided Paymob with capital which the company aims to use to accelerate its expansion into Saudi Arabia and other regional markets this year. In this episode, Macky O’Sullivan speaks to Islam Shawky (CEO and Co-Founder of Paymob) about his entrepreneurial journey and the role the digital payments facilitor is playing in Egypt’s transition to a cashless society.
VC Sandbox: Episode 5: Beehive: Closing the Gap for SME Finance
SME lending is known for its complexity, high risk and high cost. The brainchild of serial entrepreneur Craig Moore, supported by Rick Pudner (former group CEO of Emirates NBD bank), Beehive is an online lending platform that directly connects businesses looking for finance with investors that can provide funding support for their growth. In this episode, Macky O’Sullivan speaks to Craig Moore (Founder & CEO of Beehive) about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s first peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform to be regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority and the efforts being made to close the gap for SME Finance.
VC Sandbox: Episode 4: Clean-Tech: Turning Footsteps into Energy and Data; an Interview with Laurence Kemball-Cook, Founder and CEO of Pavegen
From a soccer pitch in a favela in Rio De Janeiro to the Dupont Circle near the White House in Washington D.C., Pavegen has used a combination of kinetic and solar energy to provide power. In this episode, Macky O’Sullivan speaks to Pavegen’s award winning Founder and CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook about his journey creating the innovative clean technology company which is making an impact globally from its headquarters in London.
VC Sandbox: Episode 3: Spotlight on Fintech in the MENA Region, an interview with Ambareen Musa, Founder and CEO of Souqalmal
The Fintech ecosystem in the Middle East is experiencing heightened interest from investors and key stakeholders.
In this episode, Macky O’Sullivan, a venture capital lawyer in our Dubai office speaks to Ambareen Musa, Founder and CEO of Souqalmal about the growth of Fintech in the MENA region. Souqalmal is the leading financial comparison site in the Middle East and recently ranked second among Forbes’s “Top 20 Most Disrupting FinTech Startups” in the Middle East. Ambareen Musa has been featured on Forbes Middle East’s list of the top “Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands” and has been recognized by Arabian Business as one of the “50 Most Influential Women In The Arab World”.
VC Sandbox: Episode 2: Revolutionizing Africa's Healthcare Industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes in the way medicine is practised. In Africa, where access to medical care is often restricted, startups across the continent are innovating in various areas to solve very real challenges associated with the delivery of healthcare. One such company is Helium Health, a Nigerian company which has developed a digital solution to the problem of recordkeeping in the Nigerian healthcare sector. The company has built a solution around the peculiarities of the African market by developing an electronic medical records system that healthcare providers, regardless of their levels of computer literacy, can use.
In this episode, Macky O’Sullivan, a venture capital lawyer in our Dubai office speaks to Demiji Sofowora and Tito Ovia, co-founders of Helium Health about the Healthtech industry in Africa.
VC Sandbox: Episode 1: Dissecting the Venture Capital Landscape
We find ourselves in unprecedented times, amid a pandemic that has seen the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease across the globe. In this episode, Macky O’Sullivan, a venture capital lawyer in our Dubai office, and Basil Moftah, General Partner of venture capital firm Global Ventures, discuss the venture capital landscape in the Middle East and Africa region in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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