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ASA Ventures was established in 2003 in Portugal and is currently headquartered in Dubai. It works on hybrid models of Venture Capital. ASA is the combined strength of professional expertise and smart capital, aiming to add value to the start-up ecosystem with a unique investment philosophy and in-house expertise in order to make the investments and ventures successful. ASA's diverse investment portfolio is composed of B2B and B2C companies spanning over various industries: from customer satisfaction, business optimization, retail, fashion, connectivity, networking all the way to tech media. The group sees its presence in developing countries as a significant opportunity, allowing us to circulate ideas, research, technologies and talent. ASA currently has operations in 7 countries with expansions planned into 5 more, all of which are developing economies with high growth potential and market gaps.

ASA realizes that while consumers are primed and ready to lead digitally enhanced lives, businesses and governments have not yet fully embraced the digital opportunities, and that's where ASA makes its mark. With extensive experience in developing and investing into startups and with a well-established investment process, ASA secures high-quality assets at attractive valuations with extensive technical and operating expertise on the international stage. And with well-established operating models evident through profitable sales and value, ASA turns around its portfolio companies into leaders of their own domains. At ASA, we realize that digital solutions change the economics of doing business across borders, bringing down costs, creating markets, and user communities with global scalability thus providing our businesses with a huge base of potential customers and effective ways to reach them.

Timeline

ASA Ventures was founded in Portugal, with Central Media as its first startup. In the same year, 247 and Brandsome were established.

Alliance Media was founded by ASA Ventures after the success of Central Media.

ASA Ventures created its own version of loyalty cards in Portugal, the Cartao Pontos.

ASA Ventures bought 20% of Netanswers

ASA Ventures established Lahnu Tcharass interior and design services.

ASA Ventures acquired shares for Xroomz and started Central de servicos, a portal that allowed users to search for services spanning B2B and B2C, from construction to web design.

Central Media was sold for 370,000 Euros. In the UK, USA created urvip, Meanwhile, Gamejuggler, the earliest version of Swappo, was developed and pilot tested.

ASA Ventures successfully seed funded mobileshop.ae, and moved its headquarters to Dubai, UAE.

ASA Ventures entered in talks with investors for a possible product exchange platform tailored to the UAE.

Algorithms for Worko are completed. ASA Ventures revives Gamejuggler and tailor fits its features to the UAE scene. It emerges as Swappo

Shopix was incorporated into the ASA Ventures' umbrella. Datamax began its operations in India. The year ended with the conception of Codex.
Snappo.ae went live, as the ASA Ventures' tech team releases the beta version of trustmeters.

Finlog was established. Unbreak started signing up gadget retailers.
ASA Ventures revived a version of 247 as Callix and established Chatsource.
Illustrious Consulting and ZON mobiledeals.pt went live in Portugal.

Callix was officially introduced to the Dubai media community at the brand launch.
RevUp began to take shape.
ASA Ventures established 3sixty, Spotter, Rentfree, yourprice and acquired Winks.
ASA Ventures established Callix Pakistan.

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Employees

Portfolio Companies

ASA invests and collaborate into companies with strong management teams, including startups and established companies and we work closely with the founders and management teams that we invest into, providing the tools that they require for competitive advantage and for long lasting capabilities

Companies under Incubation

Core Team

Arif Saiyad Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Saiyad is the eponymous founder and CEO of ASA Ventures. His foray into entrepreneurship started in his native Portugal in 2003 where ASA was formed and since...

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Danish Rizvi Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Rizvi is a seasoned senior executive with over 18 years of experience in investment banking, corporate finance, private equity, venture capital, structured finance, mergers and...

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Lea Realon Head - Corporate Communications

Ms. Realon is the Head of Corporate Communications and is an industrious asset of ASA. She is a talented and peak-performing Senior Public Relations and...

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Haider Syed Head - Business Development

Mr. Syed is a vital member of ASA Ventures with his inherent talent for business networking and external relations. As the organization’s head of...

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Kheirya Elesawy EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - OPERATIONS

Mrs. Kheyria is one of the driving force of ASA’s success with a decade-long career.She continues to be a strong figure as ASA’s Executive Vice President of Operations. Born and raised in Libya, she...

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Nadhir Tahri Vice President - Operations

Mr. Tahri, brings a decades’ experience of managing people and clients to ASA as the VP – Operations.He holds an international Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and...

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Samreen Shaikh Vice President - Production

Ms. Shaikh as the Vice President - Production Department, has been an integral part in the success of ASA. She is a seasoned digital architect with a passion for emerging media...

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Abhay Kumar Vice President - Human Resources

Mr. Abhay Kumar heads the ASA’s Human Resource division, and has a straightforward approach ensuring the group’s most important assets well i.e. the employees. Holding an MBA...

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John Mark ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT - SALES & MARKETING

Mr. Tabera heads ASA’s Sales and Marketing. His in-depth knowledge of strategic sales planning and management, paired with almost a decade’s worth of hands-on experience in the field makes...

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AYMAN EBADA SENIOR EXECUTIVE – SALES AND MARKETING

Mr. Ebada as ASA’s sales manager has an impressive track record with prior experience in entrepreneurship and optometry. He is a sales expert with a focus on promoting ASA’s...

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Ajinkya Tanpure SENIOR EXECUTIVE - INVESTMENTS AND RESEARCH

Mr. Ajinkya Tanpure has a strong grip on the research and investment analysis for the group. Currently, pursuing CFA and being an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering...

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Mohannad Azraq Project Coordinator

Mr Azraq’s contributes greatly to ASA making certain that projects run smoothly and within targeted framework up till execution. He is instrumental in facilitating...

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Abeer Bape Corporate Coordinator

Ms. Bape is the Corporate Coordinator of ASA Ventures and is a vital member to the group's success. With her assertive attitude and perseverance, she has established...

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Country Heads

Igor Amaro Country Head - Portugal

Igor Amaro is one of ASA Ventures’ pioneer team members who, in no small part, helped establish the foundations of what is now an international venture capital company with ...

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Osman Ramdin Country Head - Mauritius

Mr. Ramdin is a seasoned chartered accountant and an entrepreneur having 26 years of experience. He has worked in the accounting and auditing sectors serving in the...

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PERSPECTIVES

Company News

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Callix opens its back office support ahead of Callix India expansion
2018

(Mumbai, India) Callix, ASA Ventures' very own call center for SMEs, has opened its back office support station in India to make way for its expansion plans in India. From there, Callix can take care of more administrative functions and if necessary, offload some calls from Dubai.

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Skydive Dubai is Callix's newest client
2018

(Dubai, UAE) Skydive Dubai, one of the world's most talked about skydive locations, has signed up with Callix as the customer happiness provider's latest client. They follow other big names such as Tasheel, AXL Logistics, and Diamond Lease.

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ASA Ventures welcomes new Chief Operating Officer
2018

(Dubai, UAE) Mr Danish Rizvi joins the ranks of ASA Ventures' Core Team as Chief Operating Officer. Mr Rizvi's expertise, from a career spanning almost two decades in investment banking and corporate finance will contribute to the organization and provide much needed momentum for growth.

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR IDEA?

If you are an entrepreneur that believes in the success of your purpose, we may be the partners you need to kick-start your online business. Here's how:

Construction

We will polish the concept and seed-fund it

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We will market it and advertise it

Launch

We will set up the operations and launch it

We’d love to hear about your project.

At ASA Ventures, we believe that everything starts with that one Idea. If you have an Idea, no matter how simple, but will positively impact businesses and consumers all over the world, we want to hear from you.

Drop us a message here and let’s sit down to talk about it.

  • Headqaurters :
    1404 - IT Plaza, Dubai Silicon Oasis
  • For General Enquiries :
    info@asa.ventures
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    +971 4 521 7554

CAREERS

We take great care in selecting the very best people to carry the 'Mission' of the firm. As a good investment, you are required to be motivated, enthusiastic, and have a desire to progress your career with us over the long term through hard work and dedication. We require relevant qualifications, an entrepreneurial spirit and a clear evidence of a keen spirit in the markets of which ASA operates.
In return, you will benefit from working for a group that supports continued learning and development and rewards individual contribution both financially and with excellent longer-term career opportunities.

We recruit Business Development executives and Business Development managers, Research Practitioners and Analysts, as well as Operational personnel in Finance, Compliance & Risk, IT, Marketing, HR, Sales and Production. We are an equal opportunities employer.
If you feel you can contribute to our success by being able to fulfil one of the available roles, and have the relevant skills for a department within our craft, please email your CV and your cover letter to careers@asa.ventures.

Internship Program

The ASA Ventures' internship program is designed for undergraduates to gain real life experience with a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs and enterprising companies succeed. Our interns are current students or recent graduates who are entrepreneurial in their way of work i.e. simplifying processes, creative problem solving and passionate about the ongoing digital transformation and startup environment.
If you think you fit into our program then get in touch at careers@asa.ventures

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