The FIFA world cup of 2022 is about to steal everyone’s attention right there in Qatar. It’s a chance for the whole world to catch up with what is going on in the Arab countries and the whole MENA region.
The startup ecosystem has been on the rise for a long time now. Good news has been hitting the market every now and then. We will focus particularly on the sports startups: companies that are driving innovation in the sporting industry within the region.
Nine Startups Reshaping the Sports Industry in the MENA Region
1. Eksab | Egypt
Making football even more exciting, Eksab provides a fantasy gaming platform focused on prediction. Eksab recently secured a $3M fund to scale its user base in Africa and the MENA region.
2. Arqam FC | Egypt
Arqam FC provides statistics and content for football matches and sells them to major clubs and organizations like FIFA and CAF. Arqam FC’s success was crowned by an acquisition by UK’s Statsbomb Analytics.
3. Grintafy Technologies | Saudi Arabia
Grintafy makes discovering rising football players easier. Players can build their own football CVs and share videos for clubs and Scouters to discover them. Users can also create or join custom football matches based on age, level, and price. Grintafy has raised an overall $3.2M so far.
4. TeamUp | Saudi Arabia
A social platform for athletes, TeamUp provides a platform for organizing and sharing tournaments. The rising platform is flexible to suit several sports including football, swimming, cycling, and weightlifting.
5. Clexion | UAE
Colexion is teaming up with celebrities and artists to connect with their fans through limited NFT cards. The Dubai-based startup is leading the gaming marketplace to Web 3.0. So far, Colexion has raised $5M.
6. GrintaHub | Saudi Arabia
GrintaHub facilitates reselling event tickets on its platforms. This ranges from sports to entertainment events.
7. Find Me Football | Egypt
Find Me Football provides an app for organizing and joining football matches anywhere along with tournaments.
8. 1Pass | Saudi Arabia
1Pass is a corporate service to provide employees with gym access anywhere, with the purpose of improving their overall health and well-being.
9. Miles People | Egypt
Miles People is a social platform that connects trainers and trainees remotely to provide personalized nutrition and training programs. The platform also facilitates the purchasing of sports tools necessary for a remote workout.