Ibtikar looks for motivated and skilled Palestinian entrepreneurs, from both within and outside Palestine, (however, we do expect that the majority of the operations of the companies we support to be located in Palestine). We look for ideas and startups that are scalable and that serve a MENA region or global need.

Ibtikar Fund supports companies in two stages—seed and early stage.

Seed Stage

Ibtikar invests in good ideas through seed investments in partnership with selected accelerators. At this stage, we look for highly-motivated, skilled teams, (reflecting a balance between managerial and technical skills), that can develop their regionally/globally-oriented ideas into scalable businesses. Ibtikar provides a seed investment in companies selected through our partner accelerators. During the acceleration period, teams receive active support from Ibtikar’s management team, as well as the services and assistance provided by the accelerator staff. At the end of the acceleration period, those teams that are able to prove their concept are considered for further funding from Ibtikar.

early stage

At the growth stage of investment, Ibtikar invests in companies with a proven concept with a sustainable competitive advantage. We evaluate companies based on the ability and vision to succeed, the scalability of the business models, and markets with high growth opportunities either at the MENA region-level or globally.

We invest in a diversified portfolio of companies, in terms of stage, target markets, and technologies to maximize profitability and mitigate risk.

We believe in cooperation with other funders and support organizations, and are therefore open to co-investment opportunities. And, while we seek equity investments in portfolio companies, we consider, where appropriate, convertible loans and other financial instruments and debt, equity or hybrid securities in our investment activities.