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KAUST Innovation Fund

KAUST Innovation Fund

KAUST Innovation Fund is a venture capital firm that aims to grow an innovation and technology investment community and to attract investors and venture capital firms to the emerging Saudi technology ecosystem. The firm makes venture capital investments in high-tech startups from seed to early-stage and becomes a long-term strategic partner of these ventures. They also provide mentorship and acceleration to the startups. It specializes in the solar and alternative energy, water, information and communications, material and chemical sciences, electrical and electronics, biological and life sciences sectors, ICT.

Formerly Known As
Seed Fund
Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Year Founded
Primary Investor Type
Venture Capital
Other Investor Types
Primary Office
  • Research & Technology Park Headquarters
  • Thuwal 23955-6900
  • Saudi Arabia

KAUST Innovation Fund Investments (57)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
UnitX 25-Feb-2019 Seed Round 0000 Educational Software Generating Revenue
000000 000000 0000 19-Oct-2018 00000 00000 00.000 Other Equipment Generating Revenue 000 000000000
0000000000 05-Aug-2018 0000 00000 00000 Industrial Supplies and Parts Startup
000000 31-Jul-2018 0000 00000 00000 Security Services (B2B) Startup
00000000 13-Jun-2018 0000 00000 00000 Other Commercial Services Startup 000000 000000
0000000 000000000 18-Mar-2018 0000 00000 00000 Other Chemicals and Gases Generating Revenue
000000000 10-Jan-2018 0000 00000 00000 Application Software Startup
000 000 0000000000 10-Dec-2017 0000 00000 0000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Startup
PepPrint 02-Aug-2017 Seed Round 0000 Other Commercial Services Startup
Sadeem (Electrical Equipment) 22-May-2017 Seed Round 00000 Electrical Equipment Startup
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KAUST Innovation Fund Exits (6)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Sonate 01-Jan-2017 Out of Business Completed
0000000000000 01-Dec-2016 000 00 00000000 Completed
0000000 01-Jan-2013 000 00 00000000 Completed
0000000000 000 00 00000000 Completed
Nano Assembly Out of Business Completed
OsmoH2O Out of Business Completed
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KAUST Innovation Fund Team (28)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Maya Fritz Chief Financial Officer of Innovation Fund Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Jim Hinderson Executive 0 0 0 Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Mark Hull Head, Operations & Strategy Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Tamer Osman Innovation Fund Head 0 Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Francois Pichot Investment Manager 0 Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

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KAUST Innovation Fund Co-Investors (5)

Name With Exits Lead Partner
DSM Venturing 1 0
Dhahran Techno Valley Company 0 0
Flinn Foundation 0 0
MaRS Innovation 0 0
Wa'ed Ventures 0 0
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