The Orbit Shift Podcast

S02E25: Starting up and fundraising in MENA with Hasan Haider, Co-Founder and Managing Partner +VC

June 29, 2021 Freshworks Inc. Season 2 Episode 25
The Orbit Shift Podcast
S02E25: Starting up and fundraising in MENA with Hasan Haider, Co-Founder and Managing Partner +VC
Show Notes

On this episode of The Orbit Shift Podcast, we zoom in on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with Hasan Haider, Founder and Managing Partner of (Plus)+VC. MENA is a region with one of the fastest-growing startup ecosystems in the world today, and with blockbuster deals like Careem’s exit to Uber, the region is poised for a take-off. We speak to Hasan on the evolution of the startup ecosystem in the region, the sectors lacking in the region today, what he looks for in founders as a VC, and what his funding process looks like.   

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About the Guest

Hasan Haider is the Founder and Managing Partner of +VC. An early-stage venture capital firm focused on the MENA region. Hasan was previously Managing Partner, MENA at 500 Startups and led the firms’ growth in the MENA region over the last five years, turning 500 Startups into the most active VC fund in the MENA region, raising and deploying the 500 Falcons fund, building partnerships and running programs in the region to help build the regional ecosystem. Hasan has invested in more than 180 startups in the region over the last ten years.

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Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian