Fireside Chat: The State Of VC In The MENA And What's Next For Funds + Startups

Sep 3, 2023, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Omantel Innovation Labs, Omantel Head Office, Muscat, 0

We are hosting Karim Konsowa, a VC Investor at the Dubai Future District Fund, a venture capital fund of funds and direct investment vehicle backed by the Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai International Financial Centre.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Startup Grind Muscat is thrilled to be hosting a fireside chat with Karim Konsowa, VC Investor at the Dubai Future District Fund and former founder of three venture-backed startups. Karim will join us to share his wealth of insight into the world of Venture Capital and fundraising.

Prior to joining the Dubai Future District Fund - which is a venture capital fund of funds and direct investment vehicle backed by the Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai International Financial Centre - Karim managed the portfolios of two funds for 500 Global with a combined $100M in AUM and 220 companies in his portfolio. He also sat on the investment committee of the Sanabil 500 MENA Accelerator fund, where he helped select over 40 seed startups for investment across the MENA region.

Karim's entry into venture capital came in 2019 when he joined Flat6Labs, a leading VC firm and accelerator in the Middle East. There, he worked on fundraising for various Flat6Labs funds across the region and managed a portfolio of 64 companies. He helped raise $80M in Flat6Labs funds and launch offices in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi.

Karim founded and led three venture-backed startups since 2013. After completing his compulsory military service in 2018, Karim worked in public sector consulting in Egypt, delivering several public sector projects with the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Social Solidarity.

Karim graduated with honors from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2016.

Mo Salah, Startup Grind Oman’s Country Manager, will moderate the fireside chat. Mo has more than a decade of involvement in the Entrepreneurship ecosystem with Brinc, Startup Grind, and Seedstars across MENA, Africa, and the US.

The event will take place on Sunday, September 3rd, from 6-8 PM and will be hosted by Omantel Innovation Labs; please follow this link for directions.

Please make sure to register for the event, as we have a very limited number of seats.

As always at a Startup Grind event, get ready to be inspired and to make new friends.

Check out what happened


  • Karim Konsowa

    VC Investor

    Dubai Future District Fund


  • Mo Salah

    Startup Grind Oman + Jordan

    Country Manager



Sunday, September 3, 2023
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM UTC


  • Laura Cretney

    Startup Grind Muscat



  • Mo Salah

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Nadeen Al-Towaiya

    Marketing Specialist

  • Laura Cretney

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Co-director


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