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Agel, Egypt’s first Islamic FinTech raises seven-figure pre-seed round

By Gloria Methri

June 23, 2023

  • Agel
  • Banque Misr
  • Egypt
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Agel, Egypt, Islamic FinTech, MENA, +VC, Seedstars International Ventures, Flat6labs, SEEDRA Ventures, Banque MisrAgel, an Egypt-based Islamic invoice financing patform, has successfully closed the pre-seed round for undisclosed seven-digit figures. The investment round was led by MENA-focused venture capital firms, Plus Venture Capital (+VC), Seedstars International Ventures, and Flat6labs, with participation from SEEDRA Ventures, Banque Misr, and prominent angel investors.

Agel aims to transform traditional financial services and provide alternative financing options to meet Egypt’s Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) needs.

The company’s mission is to offer customized, digital, cashless, and Sharia-compliant financing products, including Murabaha, a cost-plus financing model that complies with Islamic principles.

Agel’s strategy revolves around empowering merchants with the financing needed to acquire the goods and supplies required for their trade on credit from its industry-focused network of suppliers. It also assists suppliers in increasing their sales by allowing them to sell on credit and managing their commercial transactions effortlessly through the App.

In its first year of operations, Agel tapped into Egypt’s annual $15 billion textiles industry, establishing a large suppliers’ fashion-focused network. The company plans to diversify its offerings to other lucrative industries, contributing to $85 billion annually.

Commenting on their recent round, Agel CEO Abdelrahman Saeed said, “We are proud to be backed by prominent regional investors, who offer not only financial support but also invaluable industry knowledge and experience. Their confidence in our business model will enable us to reach our objectives and take our operations to the next level.”

The newly raised funds will be deployed to grow Agel into a licensed non-banking financial institution, accelerate advanced product development to cater to its rapidly increasing customer base, and expand its footprints to the major cities in Egypt. Agel will also launch a merchant co-branded banking card service in partnership with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and other value-added services. The company’s growth aligns with Egypt’s 2030 vision of financial inclusion and supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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