Arabian Venture Forum 2016

The Arabian Venture Forum “AVF” is an initiative aimed at supporting the venture capital landscape in Saudi Arabia and the region, by connecting international and local VC firms with high-profile technology-based start-ups.

AVF will provide a unique, cross-border platform to create the essential connections between local and international investors on one side, and local and international entrepreneurs, on the other side.

Date | November 19th-21st
International Partner | Cleantech Scandinavia
Host | KAUST


The Event By Invitation Only

AVF is a two day event where VCs will gather to discuss investment opportunities, technology trends, industry outlooks and regulatory challenges. A series of keynote speeches, panels and informal exchanges will be scheduled throughout the event.

Over the next few weeks, the Advisory Committee members, composed of seasoned VCs, Corporate VCs and industry experts, will nominate technology based start-ups from their portfolio or network to be selected for showcasing. A working committee led by the KAUST Innovation Fund and CleanTech Scandinavia, a partner in the event, will finalize selection of the top 50 start-ups. AVF is focused on the following industry sectors:

Energy & Cleantech

  • Oil and gas
  • Water technologies
  • Energy efficiency & Storage
  • Power Generation
  • Renewables
  • Advanced materials
  • Eco-construction
  • Nanotechnology
  • Petrochemicals

Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Hardware and Sensors
  • Robotics
  • Internet of Things, Smart Home, Smart City
  • Optoelectronics
  • Digital health
  • FinTech
  • Virtual Reality
  • Wearables
  • Innovative marketplaces and social networks
During the event, these technology-based startups, will pitch to international and local investors, either to raise capital for the first time, or larger amounts to further their growth.


This annual gathering of the international, regional and VCs together with the technology startup community offers exclusive opportunities to discover, share experiences, network, and potentially close deals.
The attendees of the event will include:

Financial and Corporate Investors

Representatives from leading international, regional and local VC firms, together with corporate venture funds,selected business angels and family offices.

Early and growth stage startups

A selection of the most dynamic international and regional technology-based startups raising from seed to later stage rounds.

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