KAUST Innovation Ventures

KAUST Innovation Ventures supports founders and funds early-stage deep tech startups that are working to find solutions to our most pressing scientific and technological challenges. We manage a portfolio of homegrown KAUST spinouts and also international deep tech startup spin-ins.

The Fund aims to grow an innovation and technology investment community and attract international investors and VCs to the emerging Saudi technology ecosystem. We become a long-term strategic partner of these ventures through seed to early-stage investments.

KAUST Innovation Ventures is the last stage in the innovation to commercialization continuum at KAUST. Research moves out of the lab, through our Technology Transfer Office, into the Entrepreneurship Center and finally is assessed to receive investment by KAUST Innovation Ventures.

Investment Criteria

The most important factors in determining whether the KAUST Innovation Fund will invest in a startup include a large potential market, a superior product/technology, a strong team and a clear business plan. The Fund also assesses the extent to which the startup’s technology is aligned with KAUST’s main research areas and its potential impact on the region in terms of job creation and solutions to local problems.

Sectors We Invest In

Energy and environment, food and water, advanced materials, robotics/ICT and health.


KAUST makes venture capital investments in deep tech startups from seed (less than $200,000) to early-stage (up to $2 million).

Impact in Saudi Arabia

  • Job creation
  • Economy diversification
  • Ecosystem development

Want to learn more about our growing ecosystem?

Discover how KAUST startups are reshaping Saudi Arabia and the world.

Fill out our form so we can learn more about your startup.

The KAUST Entrepreneurship Center can help. Send an email to EC@kaust.edu.sa to learn more.

KAUST Technology Transfer Office will speed up the process. Contact the team at ip@kaust.edu.sa for more information.

This is where the Innovation Fund steps in. Fill out the funding application to get started.