Nama Ventures

Nama Ventures is a seed stage venture capital fund focused on fueling innovation in the MENA region, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

Nama Ventures

Nama Ventures is a seed stage venture capital fund focused on fueling innovation in the MENA region, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

Nama Ventures

Nama Ventures is a seed stage venture capital fund focused on fueling innovation in the MENA region, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

ABOUT

Welcome to Nama Ventures! 

Nama Ventures is a seed stage venture capital fund focused on fueling innovation in the MENA region, particularly in Saudi Arabia. 

Nama Ventures prides itself on being an investment fund committed to nurturing ideas that guide founders to create exceptional companies.

If you are an entrepreneur who is ready to take the entrepreneurial plunge, it would be our privilege to join you on your journey.

Nama Ventures is built upon the fundamental idea of enabling entrepreneurs to succeed. And as founders of Nama, we are thrilled to finally have the platform to implement this idea. Our hope is that entrepreneurs willing to partner with us will see and feel our value-add approach to investing.

We aspire to create a spirit of entrepreneurship all around us, from Riyadh to the whole MENA region. The future awaits. 

Let’s take a ride down this road together.

ABOUT

Welcome to Nama Ventures!

Nama Ventures is a seed stage venture capital fund focused on fueling innovation in the MENA region, particularly in Saudi Arabia. 

Nama Ventures prides itself on being an investment fund committed to nurturing ideas that guide founders to create exceptional companies.

If you are an entrepreneur who is ready to take the entrepreneurial plunge, it would be our privilege to join you on your journey.

Nama Ventures is built upon the fundamental idea of enabling entrepreneurs to succeed. And as founders of Nama, we are thrilled to finally have the platform to implement this idea.  Our hope is that entrepreneurs willing to partner with us will see and feel our value-add approach to investing.

We aspire to create a spirit of entrepreneurship all around us, from Riyadh to the whole MENA region. The future awaits.

Let’s take a ride down this road together.

TEAM

The Nama Ventures team is currently lead by Mohammed Alzubi, a computer engineer, turned technical manager, turned entrepreneur with an entrepreneurial record of four failed startups and one awesome success 🙂  

Mohammed then turned to the world of technology investing where he’s made 25 investments, 5 failed miserably 🙂 , most investments are still growing nicely,  some had respectable profitable exits, and two have become unicorns, with one becoming a top 5 unicorn globally.  Mohammed’s realized personal IRR over the last 10 years is more than 70%. 

Mohammed has had the privilege of supporting entrepreneurs across 3 geographies, starting in Silicon Valley where he had most of technical and entrepreneurial experience, and then Europe & the Middle East.  

Mohammed takes tremendous joy from working with, and most importantly, learning from the entrepreneurs he engages with. 

Mohammed’s technical experience spans development &computer network architecture, he’s an MCSE, MCDBA and has achieved the prestigious CCIE certification.  He has worked in both startups, large technology companies , including Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and also large ISPs including Excite@home.  He was also lucky to experience being an early employee in a company living the scaling of a starting to an IPO ( IISX IPO)

TEAM

The Nama Ventures team is currently lead by Mohammed Alzubi, a computer engineer, turned technical manager, turned entrepreneur with an entrepreneurial record of four failed startups and one awesome success 🙂  

Mohammed then turned to the world of technology investing where he’s made 25 investments, 5 failed miserably 🙂 , most investments are still growing nicely,  some had respectable profitable exits, and two have become unicorns, with one becoming a top 5 unicorn globally.  Mohammed’s realized personal IRR over the last 10 years is more than 70%. 

Mohammed has had the privilege of supporting entrepreneurs across 3 geographies, starting in Silicon Valley where he had most of technical and entrepreneurial experience and then Europe and the Middle East. 

Mohammed takes tremendous joy from working with, and most importantly, learning from the entrepreneurs he engages with. 

Mohammed’s technical experience spans development & computer network architecture, he’s an MCSE, MCDBA and has achieved the prestigious CCIE certification.  He has worked in both startups, large technology companies , including Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and also large ISPs including Excite@home.  He was also lucky to experience being an early employee in a company living the scaling of a starting to an IPO ( IISX IPO)

TEAM

The Nama Ventures team is currently lead by Mohammed Alzubi, a computer engineer, turned technical manager, turned entrepreneur with an entrepreneurial record of four failed startups and one awesome success 🙂  

Mohammed then turned to the world of technology investing where he’s made 25 investments, 5 failed miserably 🙂 , most investments are still growing nicely,  some had respectable profitable exits, and two have become unicorns, with one becoming a top 5 unicorn globally.  Mohammed’s realized personal IRR over the last 10 years is more than 70%.

Mohammed has had the privilege of supporting entrepreneurs across 3 geographies, starting in Silicon Valley where he had most of technical and entrepreneurial experience and then Europe and the Middle East 

Mohammed takes tremendous joy from working with, and most importantly, learning from the entrepreneurs he engages with. 

Mohammed’s technical experience spans development & computer network architecture, he’s an MCSE, MCDBA and has achieved the prestigious CCIE certification.  He has worked in both startups, large technology companies , including Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and also large ISPs including Excite@home.  He was also lucky to experience being an early employee in a company and living the scaling of a starting to an IPO ( IISX IPO)

INVESTMENTS

Below are some of the early investments the Nama Ventures team have made and lead.  

INVESTMENT COMMITEE

Nama Ventures Fund I will be governed by an investment committee comprised of the following individuals:

Tariq Alasiri

Argaam

Rashed AlRashed

MATIC

ADVISORS

Taher Elgamal

“The father of SSL” , Salesforce , Netscape

Samih Toukan

Maktoob, Souq, Jabbar, etc…

Ronaldo Mouchawar

Mentor, Souq Founder, Amazon MENA

Ihsan Jawad

Zawya , Honeybee Ventures, etc…

Terry Kane

Facebook – Head of Marketing META

Akram Assaf

CTO Bayt.com

Ray Milhem

Cisco, Motorola, Techwadi, DSO, etc…

Fahad AlSharekh

TECHINVEST, Sakhr, Global Investment House

Majed Al Suwaidi

MD Dubai Media City

Antoine Hage

Rakuten, KYUBE, Yellow Pages, SOAJS, etc…

Basil Hashem

Netscape, Yahoo!, Admob, VMware, multiple startups, etc.

CRITERIA

We have some basic filters that we use to gauge startups. Below are what we look for in a startup

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria complementary teams

COMPLEMENTARY TEAMS

Notice the word “team.” Creating a solo startup can be awfully lonely. We don’t say no to lone rangers, but we prefer teams.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi Arabia hard problems

TOUGH PROBLEMS

We like to see a tough problem presented—and then your solutions to address it. If you choose to go the entrepreneurial route, make sure you are trying to solve at least one hard problem. Hard is good; hard is interesting.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi Arabia Focused

AUDI FOUNDERS FOR SAUDI PROBLEMS

We are Riyadh-based, and we want to engage with you constantly. We are in this together, and we want to work on the solutions KSA needs. Plus, we don’t like long-distance relationships!

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi transactions

TRANSACTIONS

We love seeing a transaction where you are earning revenue selling a product or providing a service. This makes us bigger fans of eCommerce, for instance, than media startups.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi Arabia first money in

FIRST MONEY IN

We want to be right there investing in you after you have your three F’s (friends, family, and founders). We are a seed fund and we want to stay that way. We want to be the first institutional capital that you raise.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria don't outsource your core

DON'T OUTSOURCE YOUR CORE

We don’t want to see just an idea, where people and everything around them are outsourced. We want team members working hard next to each other, delivering awesome solutions. Your team has to have the Doers and the Sellers.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria lead investments

WE LIKE TO LEAD

"Nama" in Arabic is derived from the word meaning "to grow", and we can't help you grow if we are taking a backseat and watching others grow around you! We want to be there helping you grow from a seed to a forest, rolling up our sleeves and pruning you to realize and reach your full growth potential.

PASSION

The entrepreneurial journey is an emotional rollercoaster, some days you'll feel you are on top of the world, other days you'll feel underground. Only passion will carry you thought these times and give you the needed push to persevere.

GOOD PEOPLE

If you are not willing to lend a helping hand along your entrepreneurial journey then you are in the wrong profession. Entrepreneurship is a team sport, there is no place in it for arrogance and meanness. you have to be willing to always learn and always teach.

CRITERIA

We have some basic filters that we use to gauge startups. Below are what we look for in a startup

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria complementary teams

COMPLEMENTARY TEAMS

Notice the word “team.” Creating a solo startup can be awfully lonely. We don’t say no to lone rangers, but we prefer teams.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi Arabia hard problems

TOUGH PROBLEMS

We like to see a tough problem presented—and then your solutions to address it. If you choose to go the entrepreneurial route, make sure you are trying to solve at least one hard problem. Hard is good; hard is interesting.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi Arabia Focused

SAUDI FOUNDERS FOR SAUDI PROBLEMS


We are Riyadh-based, and we want to engage with you constantly. We are in this together, and we want to work on the solutions KSA needs. Plus, we don’t like long-distance relationships!

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi transactions

TRANSACTIONS

We love seeing a transaction where you are earning revenue selling a product or providing a service. This makes us bigger fans of eCommerce, for instance, than media startups.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria Saudi Arabia first money in

FIRST MONEY IN

We want to be right there investing in you after you have your three F’s (friends, family, and founders). We are a seed fund and we want to stay that way. We want to be the first institutional capital that you raise.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria don't outsource your core

DON'T OUTSOURCE YOUR CORE

We don’t want to see just an idea, where people and everything around them are outsourced. We want team members working hard next to each other, delivering awesome solutions. Your team has to have the Doers and the Sellers.

Nama Ventures Venture Capital Criteria lead investments

WE LIKE TO LEAD

"Nama" in Arabic is derived from the word meaning "to grow", and we can't help you grow if we are taking a backseat and watching others grow around you! We want to be there helping you grow from a seed to a forest, rolling up our sleeves and pruning you to realize and reach your full growth potential.

PASSION

The entrepreneurial journey is an emotional rollercoaster, some days you'll feel you are on top of the world, other days you'll feel underground. Only passion will carry you thought these times and give you the needed push to persevere.

GOOD PEOPLE

If you are not willing to lend a helping hand along your entrepreneurial journey then you are in the wrong profession. Entrepreneurship is a team sport, there is no place in it for arrogance and meanness. you have to be willing to always learn and always teach.

CONTACT

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the form below and we’ll make sure to respond in a timely fashion.

If you are startup looking to submit your company for investment consideration then please click on the submit link in the upper menu

CONTACT

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the form below and we’ll make sure to respond in a timely fashion.

If you are startup looking to submit your company for investment consideration then please click on the submit link in the upper menu

CONTACT

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the form below and we’ll make sure to respond in a timely fashion.

If you are startup looking to submit your company for investment consideration then please click on the submit link in the upper menu

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