Aramco launches a one billion USD VC Fund under the name Prosperity7 Ventures. According to their press release the fund has been operational for over a year, but was launched officially by Aramco Chief Technology Officer Ahmad Al-Khowaiter during the LEAP 22 technology conference in Riyadh.
Prosperity7 is designed as a global financial VC, with a long-term view to support the development of next-generation technologies and business models that will bring prosperity and positive impact on a vast scale.
Aramco Chief Technology Officer Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, said: “Through the breadth of the Saudi Aramco ecosystem, its vast resources, and its far-reaching footprint across geographies and sectors, Prosperity7 can present unparalleled opportunities for scalability and impact. This potential would be instrumental in creating stronger foundations for success for its portfolio companies.”
The fund supports exceptional entrepreneurs in building transformative companies striving to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The fund identifies ground-breaking companies with exceptional leadership in diverse industries which are deploying disruptive technologies with the ability to scale and transform. Investments include early-stage enterprise, blockchain, financial and industrial technologies, healthcare, and education solutions. It is headquartered in Dhahran, with offices in Palo Alto, New York, Beijing, and Shanghai.
The fund is named after Dammam Well-7, the first oil well to strike commercial oil in Saudi Arabia, also known as the ‘Prosperity Well’.
Aramco has long strived to be a supporter of startups in the tech domain. Prior to this it supported Wa’ed and invested in KSA IR4Lab as well as nurtured five blockchain startups in Taibah Valley. With its growth fund it invested in Red Technology Blockchain connectivity network.