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Last Week in Funding (15-21 January)

Last week in funding is our weekly roundup of raises by startups in MENA and the GCC.

By Inc.Arabia Staff
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Last week, startups raised $39 million in disclosed funding, led by the Emirati business travel platform, Tumodo, which secured $35 million in a pre-seed round. 

See our full roundup of investments and investor news below.

Tumodo Secures $35 Million in Pre-Seed Funding

Emirati business travel platform, Tumodo raised $35 million in a pre-seed investment round from angel investors.

The funding will fortify Tumodo's presence within the UAE, fuel the creation of new products, and allow it to explore partnership opportunities.

Egypt-based Fintech Zeal Secures $4 Million in Funding Round

Egypt-based fintech and customer loyalty app Zeal concluded a $4 million funding round, spearheaded by Raed Ventures and Cur8 Capital, alongside support from strategic angel investors.

Zeal aims to enhance in-store customer engagement and payment intelligence across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.

UAE's Silkhaus Secures Multi-Million Pre-Series A Financing

Dubai-based proptech startup, Silkhaus, closes an undisclosed pre-series A financing round from San Francisco's Partners for Growth (PFG).

This round is earmarked to fuel the company's expansion plans.

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ADQ, ADNEC Acquire 40.5% stake in TMG's ICON 

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Ezdehar Management Seals $10 Million Deal for Minority Stake in Yodawy

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Vodafone, Microsoft Forge 10-Year Alliance for AI Services

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Aramco Boosts Global Venture Capital Strategy with $4 Billion Infusion

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Receives Green Light to Establish KSA Branch

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Qsalary Launches Electronic Wallet

Saudi-based Qsalary, a platform for accelerating employee salary payments, has introduced an electronic wallet for employees.

African Development Bank Injects $10.5 Million into Seedstars Africa

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Seedstars Africa Ventures Raises $30 Million for Pan-African Fund

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Saudi Wosul Clinches Top Honor as Best Innovative E-Payments Facility

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Telecom Egypt Receives First 5G License in Egypt

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