Sharif El-Badawi

Partner at 500 Startups

Sharif El-Badawi, Partner, 500 Startups; Chairman, TechWadi Sharif El-Badawi currently serves as Partner at 500 Startups, the most active venture capital firm in the world. In his role, he manages 500 Startups’ MENA fund focusing on seed stage investments in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, Sharif is the Chairman of the Board and Head Mentor at TechWadi, where he leads the TW100 mentors and helps bridge MENA startups with Silicon Valley and serves on several advisory boards for startups in the MENA region and Silicon Valley. Previously, Sharif was Partner Lead to VCs and Startups at Google where he worked with top tier VCs and their most promising startups on strategies that bring all of Google to their businesses. Joining from AdMob almost 7 prior, he led performance advertising strategy for Google’s largest customers in North America covering Mobile, Search and Display ads. Before AdMob, Sharif was a technologist and serial entrepreneur having founded or co-founded over 5 companies in the Consumer Internet and B2B space for twelve years. He earned his MBA from UC Irvine Merage School of Business and his BS in Neuroscience from UCLA, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.

My Sessions

Fund2Scale: Navigating the Funding Landscape for Scale Ups


The Fund2Scale Panel aims to help entrepreneurs whose companies are at the early stage and growth stages identify and navigate their funding options, particularly when they’re considering a capital increase. The conversation will address questions around timing and investment readiness,  the different types of funding and investor profiles, the pitch, investor negotiations, investor involvement in […]

Entrepreneurship Know-How

Key Ecosystem Panel-ME x A


Why don’t startups from the Middle East scale to Sub-Saharan Africa, and vice versa? Is this the even case? In this Key Panel our distinguished group of experts will give an overview of both markets, touching on commonalities and differences. They will go over what some of the challenges of scaling are, as well as the […]

Entrepreneurship Know-How