ADIO expands scope of Ventures Fund to support later-stage innovators
Mita Srinivasan
10x Industry

ADIO expands scope of Ventures Fund to support later-stage innovators

The Ventures Fund is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi’s Ghadan 21 accelerator programme designed to support the emirate’s start-up and venture capital ecosystem

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) has expanded the scope of its Ventures Fund to increase support for the growth and expansion of innovation-focused companies in the emirate.

The Ventures Fund will now participate in Series B and beyond financing rounds, invest in established regional and global funds and collaborate with global accelerators. The Series B investment amount is defined by the start-up itself and varies from one company to another.

ADIO stated that the AED 535 million fund works to increase access to capital for start-ups and to date, the investment vehicle has deployed capital through matching programmes for new fund managers and early-stage start-ups.

Established in 2019, ADIO has expanded the parameters of the fund to include investment in later-stage companies in a bid to support later-stage companies that are in expansion mode and ready to scale.

In addition to funding, ADIO will also create bespoke incentive packages, underpinned by its investor care services to support the continued growth of these companies in Abu Dhabi. The state investor will also assess opportunities to act as the lead investor.

The Ventures Fund is also expanding its support for funds beyond new fund managers. ADIO will now invest as a limited partner through established global funds that are investing in innovation-focused companies in the MENA region and through collaboration with global accelerators.

Recently, ADIO invested in innovation-focused companies Securrency, TruKKer as well as Sarwa, YACOB, Okadoc and UAE-based venture capital firm, Global Ventures through its Ventures Fund.