We provide growth capital and hands-on operational support for early stage technology companies in the MENA region with a focus on the GCC.

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OUR MISSION


Our mission is to provide talented entrepreneurs with capital and mentorship in order to accelerate growth, create jobs, capture opportunities, foster success, build wealth and develop role models in our society.

FOCUS


We aim to support the technology revolution in the Middle East through investing in smart, early stage internet and mobile companies in the MENA region, founded by amazing entrepreneurs that are creating transformational solutions that solve large regional problems.

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PORTFOLIO


Online rent collection via cloud services

Sports league and event management company

Career portal and course discovery marketplace

Mobile restaurant discovery platform

Marketplace for new and used cars

Technology company that provides insurance and HR solutions

Fetchr is an app-based on-demand logistics and delivery company

Password manager and authenticator

Online used car exchange and auction site

MENA digital healthcare booking platform

The leading ride-hailing service in MENA

A marketplace to buy and sell great stuff

The premier property portal in the Middle East

Booking software for salons and spas

A speech AI tool that summarizes your meetings

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OUR FLIGHT RECORD


Our solid, diverse experience in the venture capital, technology, entrepreneurial and financial sectors, allow us to support our investment companies across an array of activities, allowing them to create value much faster, while having a partner they trust throughout their journey.

THE CREW


DANY FARHA

CEO & MANAGING PARTNER

Dany is a successful serial entrepreneur and investor, with many exits from ventures in a variety of industries. Dany co-founded and exited Bayt.com, the Middle East’s largest job site, Butlers, the UAE’s largest commercial laundry company and Intercat, one of the largest catering companies in the UAE. Prior to that, Dany worked at Lehman Brothers in London for 3 years after gaining a BSc from UCL (University College London) in Statistics, Operations Research and Economics.

 

AMIR FARHA

MANAGING PARTNER

Amir has over 12 years of experience being actively involved with a wide range of early stage ventures as an entrepreneur, mentor and investor, starting his career at CLS Capital Partners, a Corporate VC firm based in London, followed by what was then the first seed capital fund in the MENA region, the Arab Business Angel Network, before becoming an entrepreneur himself. Amir has co-founded a number of local businesses, including Webmatiks, a web development agency; Tandem Partners, a startup and small business advisory firm; Toolman Maintenance, a property maintenance company; and Purple PR, a boutique PR agency. He holds a BSc in Computer Information Systems and an MSc in Management from the University of Bath.

 

YOUSEF HAMMAD

MANAGING PARTNER

Prior to joining BECO, Yousef held various roles with General Electric, most recently as a Commercial Operation Director for GE’s Aviation business, responsible for managing sales campaigns for Saudia Arabia and Turkey. Before that, Yousef worked in the GE & Mubadala $5 billion joint venture. He also co-founded multiple businesses in Saudi Arabia: Cafe Arab, an artistic social space and coffee shop; Eventana, a corporate event management firm and Chemya, an industrial chemicals and lubes distributor. Yousef has also been an active angel investor over the past few years where he invested in multiple startups, regionally and internationally.

 

VINAY RAMKUMAR

INVESTMENT ANALYST

Vinay grew up in India and has been around technology companies ever since he was in high school. He spent 3 years working with startups and VC firms in Bangalore, Singapore and Berlin prior to joining BECO in early 2017. Some of his previous stints include roles at Bookpad (acquired by Yahoo!), 99.co, Microsoft Ventures, Tigris Capital and Golden Gate Ventures. Vinay is a strong believer in the impact technology can have on improving quality of life and is passionate about deep tech, transportation and data companies which he hopes to see advance in the region.

 

VIVIENNE SCOTT

OPERATIONS AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Vivienne Scott is a qualified lawyer with a background in M&A, private equity and general corporate and commercial matters. Prior to living in Dubai, Vivienne practised as a lawyer in Edinburgh and worked most recently at Conyers Dill and Pearman in Dubai. Vivienne joined BECO Capital in April 2016 in the role of Operations and Compliance Manager, which involves managing and maintaining internal processes for investment opportunities and portfolio companies’ information, ensuring legal and corporate governance compliance and dealing with investor relations matters, including managing KYC compliance and shareholder communications.

DANA ALJAWDER

TECH LEAD

As BECO’s resident techie, Dana has a passion for building software and the world of cybersecurity. Before joining BECO, Dana was at Boston University completing her Master’s degree in Computer Engineering with a specialization in Cybersecurity. Before embarking on her graduate studies, Dana spent 3 years at ADNOC Distribution as an IT Project Analyst where she built web applications for various departments. In her spare time, Dana enjoys learning new programming languages.

SERENE TOUMA

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Serene Touma’s passion for communication spans all aspects of marketing. Prior to joining BECO Capital in May 2016, Serene worked as commercial director at a social media start-up, LMTD. Her background in PR includes running her boutique agency, Purple PR, which she exited in 2013. Serene has also worked in Unilever‘s regional corporate comms department, as well as Memac-Ogilvy and JWT‘s PR departments. She started her career at Deloitte in corporate comms. Serene graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts.

 

DONA DOMINGO

OFFICE MANAGER

A member of the BECO team since 2012, Dona oversees all day-to-day office management. Dona is also responsible for all accounting, bookkeeping and payroll activities, in addition to HR tasks at BECO. With more than 11 years of experience, Dona’s prior roles have been in both Dubai and the Philippines, having started her career there at Nestlé.

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من سنة 1971 إلى منطقة 2071

شهد يوم الأربعاء 23 أكتوبر 2017 توقيع شركة "بيكو كابيتال" اتفاقية هامّة مع منطقة 2071 بحضور صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم، تصبح بموجبها الشركة واحدة من الشركاء المؤسسين لهذا المشروع. تقع منطقة 2071 في أبراج الإمارات، في قلب إمارة دبي، وكما يوحي اسمها، فقد...

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From 1971 to Area 2071

By Dany Farha ... On Wednesday the 23rd of October, we signed a landmark agreement in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, to be a founding partner of the Area 2071.  Located in the Emirates Towers, and as the name suggests, Area 2071 will bring...

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Onwards and upwards to our dear friend Alvaro

By Dany Farha ... It is time to wish our dear friend and brother Alvaro, all the best and onwards and upwards, as he embarks on the next part of his professional journey. Alvaro has been a personal friend of mine for over 10 years, an easy date to remember as we met...

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The Future of Jobs: Part II

By Alvaro Abella … “For generations, they’ve been built up to worship competition and the market, productivity and economic usefulness, and the envy of their fellow men – and boom! It’s all yanked out from under them. They can’t participate, can’t be useful anymore....

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Spotlight on Startup Bahrain

The GCC's evolution as a technology hub is exciting, and one we are proud to be part of. As we continue to meet members of our ecosystem from around the region, we are inspired by the potential of technology to help drive our economic block forward. John Kilmartin,...

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Another One Bites the Dust

By Amir Farha ... Remember 2015. Talabat gets acquired by Rocket Internet. At the time, this was the largest exit in the region at $170m. Run by one of the region’s brightest entrepreneurs, Mohammed Jaffar, Talabat was growing at > 100% year on year, and today it’s...

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Life Before Your Product

By Sorusch Amiri ... Last weekend, I went on a somewhat voluntary digital sabbatical. I was switching mobile phones and ended up selling my current phone before my new phone was going to arrive, which meant that I was going to be “phoneless” for about 24h. Most people...

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The Future of Jobs

By Alvaro Abella ... At BOOSTMENA, the last annual conference hosted by BECO, an audience member asked Bhavish Aggarwal – Founder and CEO of OlaCabs, the Indian ride-hailing competitor to Uber – whether driverless cars would ultimately destroy much-touted jobs that...

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BECO Capital

BECO CAPITAL Office 1903, Grosvenor Business Tower, Al Barsha, TECOM, PO Box 333357 Dubai, UAE

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BECO CAPITAL
Office 1902, Grosvenor Business Tower,
Barsha Heights, PO Box 333357,
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 368 7811

 



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