I have found personally a few very interesting Start-up companies including in UAE, so I’m not at all surprised that 2017 was a record year for investments in them.
It’s interesting because I’m finding that private investors are no longer satisfied with the lower returns and high costs of investing in traditional asset types like equities, bonds, property and gold. Many are actively seeking to invest into smaller startups that need $2 million up to $30 million. The trend is for Start-up companies to allow several smaller investors to fund their initial capital already from ticket size $50,000 and not only accept just 1 or 2 larger investors to come on board with them.
Whilst investing in Start-ups is inherently risky, it’s well documented that many will fail within the first year. Nevertheless, small investors are now wise to this and accordingly reduce their risk by investing into a few different start-ups across different industries.