ISSF pledges $5 million for MSA Novo’s Mena fund

  • Date: 12-Feb-2024
  • Source: Wamda
  • Sector:Technology
  • Country:Jordan
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ISSF pledges $5 million for MSA Novo’s Mena fund



Jordan-based Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund (ISSF) has invested $5 million in the Mena-focused fund, MSA Novo.

Founded in 2019, MSA Novo is a China-based global venture capital firm that invests in emerging technology markets, with a portfolio of 50+ companies across the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and South Asia.

The investment aims to unlock new opportunities for Jordanian startups, providing them with the financing needed to scale and thrive in the competitive global market.

The World Bank and the Central Bank of Jordan jointly established the ISSF in 2017 with the goal of supporting Jordanian startups via direct investment or venture capital fund investments.

Press release:

The Innovative Startups and SMEs Fund (ISSF) announces an investment in the MSA Novo MENA-focused fund. MSA Novo is the emerging markets-focused venture fund under MSA Capital, a global multi-stage investment firm. This investment underscores the commitment of the ISSF to empowering promising Jordanian startups to advance the local entrepreneurial landscape and the national economy at large.

Mohammed al Muhtaseb, CEO of ISSF, said, "We are very proud of our investment in MSA Novo, a global VC with a successful track record of scaling innovative startups. MSA has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Jordanian ecosystem, evident in both