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DIFC home to first, innovative Equity Crowd funding platform in the region

difc-intelligent-sme1Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the region’s leading financial hub, connecting business and financial institutions with emerging market opportunities across the Middle, East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), has today become home to the first Equity Crowd funding platform in the region, Eureeca. It is the first multi-regulated global Equity Crowd funding platform, has over 12,000 investors from 42 countries. It enables entrepreneurs and high growth businesses to raise much needed expansion capital and create new partnerships for growth.

The firm’s investor network, that ranges from small scale and angel investors, to institutional investors and corporate, can access exciting new investment opportunities from multiple countries globally allowing them to buy shares and make equity investments in these companies.

Welcoming Eureeca to DIFC, CEO of DIFC Authority, Arif Amiri said, “The MEASA region is the world’s fastest growing region. As a financial hub, we are always striving for new ways to help firms access this $7.8 trillion market of 3 billion people, home to a vast array of start-ups with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Eureeca, the first ever Equity Crowd funding platform in the region, will help link these high growth businesses with much needed and underserved capital. It is a testament to the regulatory infrastructure we have put in place that they have chosen DIFC as their regional hub, with firms like these a crucial part of our plan for our 2024 Growth Strategy.”

Recognising the attractiveness of DIFC as a fintech hub, Amiri added, “Fintech is the future of financial services and it is key to opening up many sectors in emerging markets and driving financial inclusion. In recent years, we have invested heavily in creating an ecosystem for fintech firms, backed up by world-class legal and regulatory structures. I am sure Eureeca will benefit from access to the MEASA region through the DIFC’s enabling platform, bringing multiple opportunities for networking and partnerships for growth.”

Sam Quawasmi, the Co-CEO and Co-founder of Eureeca discussed the offering Eureeca would be bringing to the region. “Born out of Dubai, and after the Dubai Financial Services Authority’s (DFSA) tremendous efforts, Eureeca is delighted to be the first Equity Crowd funding platform to be licensed to operate with a representative office in the DIFC. We offer investors a stable multi-regulated platform to invest in the businesses of the future,” he commented.

Eureeca recently raised $400,000 in 12 days on its self-funding campaign with the funds being used to fuel Eureeca’s aggressive international growth plans and continued development of their product offering.

Chris Thomas, Co-CEO and Co-founder of Eureeca said: “With the DFSA’s stamp of approval, paralleled with our successful global expansion strategy, Eureeca creates a corridor of investment opportunities between Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.”

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