Start-up Matching Fund

Ghadan Ventures (GV) is an AED 535Mn fund that seeks to support growth of Abu Dhabi’s start-up and VC ecosystem. The fund is offering a source of capital that will amplify the funding activity taking place in the Emirate through two initiatives:

  1. The New Managers Fund
  2. The Start-up Matching Fund                                                                                                                                                

Goals & Objectives

The Start-Up Matching Fund has been developed to invest in innovative seed and early-stage start-ups based in Abu Dhabi. The Fund is helping to create more sources of funding for early stage companies and stimulating Abu Dhabi’s VC ecosystem.

The Fund will match a start-up’s lead VC Investor’s terms and commitment amount. This means that for every AED 1 the lead VC commits, ADIO will invest an additional AED 1, up to AED 10Mn for seed rounds, and AED 50Mn for Series ‘A’, per round.

Eligibility Criteria

Start-ups interest in applying for funding should meet the following criteria:

  • Seed Funding: typical ticket size between AED 5Mn and AED 10Mn
  • Series ‘A’ Funding: ticket size up to AED 50Mn (larger sizes will be considered on a case by case basis).
  • Start-up Location: wholly based in Abu Dhabi

To apply, please download the application form and email it once filled to

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