Our enablement strategy is directed through specific segments and approaches via venture debt and venture capital.

VENTURE INVESTMENTS

We invest in local and international businesses and ventures developing technologies and IPs related to Defense, Security and Aviation sectors; in return for strategic equity stake.

OUR PORTFOLIO

VR Technologies

RUSSIA

URBAN MOBILITY

Key Activities :

Manufacturing luxurious armored vehicles

Our Role:

Acquired strategic equity in AURUS LLC for the purpose of setting up an assembly facility, support growth and expansion in sales and distribution

Aurus

RUSSIA

AUTOMOTIVE

Key Activities :

Manufacturing luxurious armored vehicles

Our Role:

Acquired strategic equity in AURUS LLC for the purpose of setting up an assembly facility, support growth and expansion in sales and distribution

Marakeb

UAE

AUTONOMOUS

Key Activities :

Developing and manufacturing high performance boats, marine autopilots, and Unmanned systems for numerous civil and defense applications

Our Role:

Equity investment to support the development of Marakeb to expand their capabilities in autonomous technologies, and support business development in the UAE and internationally.

EOS

AUSTRALIA

DEFENSE

Key Activities :

A JV partnership with Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd (EOS) a leading Australian Defense Company, to co-fund the development of 14.5 x 114mm Chain Driven Machine Gun

Our Role:

  • To co-fund the development of 14.5 x 114mm Chain Driven Machine Gun, and to setup sales and distribution networks locally and internationally.
  • Technology transfer aligned with UAE strategic objectives.

CRITERIA

1

SECTOR

Defense, Security & Aviation
2

FINANCIAL

Market demand and sustainable business plan with aligned strategic objectives.
3

DEVELOPMENT LOCATION

UAE and Internationally
4

DEVELOPMENT DURATION

2 – 3 Years
5

TRACK RECORD

Relevance and successful operational/technical experience
6

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Technology readiness level > 6
7

IP REQUIREMENTS

  • IP rights with either minimum or no restrictions on transfer or usage
  • IP is aligned to UAE strategic requirements

VENTURE DEBT

Provides funding towards UAE based SMEs within Defense, Security and Aviation sectors for the expansion of operations, development of capabilities and innovation of products and solutions. SDF has launched the Venture Debt Program in Nov 2019, with an allocated fund of AED 700 million.

OVERVIEW

The Venture Debt Program was launched by The Strategic Development Fund with the aim to provide loans to local private SMEs at favorable terms

Flexible collateral requirement

Competitive interest rates

Low borrower contribution

CRITERIA

1

SECTOR

  • Defense & Security
  • Aviation Sector
2

OWNERSHIP

  • The shareholding of the company must be 51% Emirati owned and managed.
  • Free zone companies serving UAE Government contracts
3

LOCATION

The Company should be based in the UAE
4

FUNDING

  • Capex and supply chain financing: AED 10M -60M
  • Innovation financing AED 5M – 20M
5

VALUE ADD IN THE UAE

The company business should add value in the UAE through:

  • Emiratization
  • Local integration, assembly, production or design and development
  • Localization of the supply chain
6

BORROWER CONTRIBUTION

A certain % of shareholder in business is required and this varies on a case by case bases.

Need to apply for funding?

APPLY FOR FUNDING

Apply through our website.

ASSESSMENT LEVEL 1

Initial assessment conducted.

ASSESSMENT LEVEL 2

Detailed assessment conducted with partner bank.

FINAL APPROVAL

Approval is obtained and agreement is signed between SME and partner bank.

CONTACT US

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Strategic Development Fund

11th Floor, PO Box 908. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

OUR LOCATION