Oman Investment Authority represented by ITHCA Group which invests in IT sectors such as cybersecurity, blockchain and data analytics has launched a $180 million technology fund, the Jasoor tech Fund, with Abu Dhabi’s ADQ an Abu Dhabi investment and holding company.

The Jasoor tech fund is focused on small to medium sized startups in sectors such as fintech, edtech, healthtech, cleantech, food agriculture and logistics.

This commitment is part of broader framework agreement signed between both parties in 2022.  The Fund aims to bolster the digital economy in the Sultanate as well as the wider MENA region by supporting high-growth technology companies. Its core focus will be on innovative technology companies established in the Sultanate, in addition to technology startups in other countries in the region. It will undertake investments high-growth technology companies at various stages of development that have established business models. 

In 2022, ADQ and OIA identified investment opportunities worth over USD 8 billion in key sectors of Oman’s economy. The partnership aims to contribute to increased economic cooperation and trade between both nations. ADQ has also made investments in blockchain startups.

His Excellency Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ADQ:stated, “Building on ADQ’s strategic partnership with OIA established in 2022, the launch of Jasoor Fund reinforces our commitment to make investments that unlock the potential of key sectors of the economy, while creating lasting value for stakeholders. Together, we will continue to advance trade and promote investments that will contribute to the growth of both economies.”

His Excellency Abdulsalam Al Murshidi, President of the Oman Investment Authority added, “The establishment of a technology-focused fund with ADQ marks a pivotal moment for Oman’s technology sector. Through this strategic partnership and the significant commitment by ADQ which underpins it, we are setting the stage for a new era of innovation and growth that will propel both nations into a future powered by digital transformation and technological advancement.”

Said Abdullah Al Mandhari, Chief Executive Officer of ITHCA Group also noted, “The establishment of the Jasoor Fund aligns with our venture capital investment strategy, focusing on funding contemporary, emerging and cutting-edge technological projects, while also providing Omani youth with opportunities to develop their ventures and expand globally.