This agreement will bridge the Asia Pacific and Middle East tech sectors broadly, with a specific focus on early-stage climate technology companies.
The agreement was signed by HE Badr Al Olama and Investible co-founder and Chair Trevor Folsom on 27 February in Melbourne, alongside a delegation from the UAE Business Council to Australia and Australian MP Hon Christopher Pyne.
Through our offices in Sydney and Singapore, we’ve invested in more than 130 companies since our inception, across 10 countries and 20 sectors. In 2022, we began deploying the Investible Climate Tech Fund, which has, to date, backed 11 startups including in electric vehicles, agtech, lithium processing, aquaculture and biodiversity.
We were particularly impressed by Hub71’s extensive partner network of Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, and the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Together with Hub71, we’re building strategic bridges and offering global support for our portfolio companies to expand into the MENA region, as well as providing partnership opportunities for their extensive portfolio to enter the broader APAC region.
We’ve spent more than a decade building Club Investible, an expansive community of over 150 leading business executives, founders, and investors, with the purpose of supporting visionaries with funding, advice, resources, and networks. As we’ve developed into a truly global VC, this community has become a significant part of our unique investment model where they co-invest as a syndicate alongside our funds. This agreement will see this community be exposed to a new audience, rapidly globalising the investor network and deal flow of Club Investible and our Funds in a region that is set to take a leadership role in Climate Tech.
Beyond the strategic alignment and focus on climate action through technology, we both have a broader mandate of investing in and supporting progressive technology sectors. Hub71 recently announced the launch of Hub71+ Digital Assets, a dedicated web3 specialist ecosystem.
Commenting on the partnership, Investible Chief Executive Officer Rod Bristow said “the intersection of business and technology knows no borders. We’re excited to be partnering with one of the MENA region’s most ambitious and active organisations to drive the early-stage tech sector forward. The scale of the climate crisis presents as much urgency as it does opportunity, and this partnership represents a step toward ensuring the best solutions can accelerate globally, no matter where they’re born.
“We look forward to supporting Asia Pacific founders entering this growing market, and welcoming opportunities for the 230+ companies in Hub71’s ecosystem to bring their innovative solutions to Australia, Southeast Asia and beyond,” he added.
Hub71 is Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem that enables founders to build globally enduring homegrown tech companies in any sector by providing access to global markets, a capital ecosystem, a global network of partners, and a vibrant community filled with highly skilled talent, governed by forward-thinking regulation.
Backed by the Government of Abu Dhabi and Mubadala Investment Company, Hub71 is growing its vibrant community of tech startups, investors, government, and corporate partners to ensure the availability of investment, commercial activities, and incentives from the public and private sectors. Through Hub71’s entrepreneurial infrastructure, value-add programs, enabling services and support packages, founders can build and scale widely adopted technologies with purpose and impact. Hub71 is on a mission to introduce new minds and technologies to Abu Dhabi, finding new ways to build globally enduring technology companies and sustain the nation’s continuous economic development.
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