At Shorooq, we are focused and goal-oriented. We discover and support the most ambitious, disciplined and passionate entrepreneurs to help them build their dreams, from idea stage to meaningful, lasting companies.
We get heavily involved operationally, be that recruiting, market expansion, strategy, financing discussions, budget and forecasting and more to help the founders build their vision.
We focus on the future: Fintech, Platform, Software and Tech-Enabled Business Services. Prior to Shorooq’s launch in 2016, Shorooq’s Founders built their careers as investment professionals in the venture capital and private equity sectors across the UAE, Europe, NYC and Silicon Valley. The Fund benefits from the partners’ experience, expertise and resources and invests in seed-stage, technology-based startups, mostly across the GCC and the MENAT region.
Key People at Shorooq Partners
Shane (You Keun) Shin
As Shorooq’s Co-Founding Partner, Shane is a hands-on investor and entrepreneur. His experience in creating, building and growing tech companies help daring and passionate founders realize their dream vision and find success. He co-leads the investment decisions, sourcing, fundraising, portfolio management, exit strategy and team building. Shane is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with Summa Cum Laude, Joseph Wharton Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar Honors. He has built his career as an investment professional, investment banker and entrepreneur in the US prior to founding Shorooq Partners in Abu Dhabi. Shane was born and grew up in South Korea and has studied and worked in the US, Canada and China prior to settling down in UAE. Having played the piano and clarinet for 15+ years, he has a strong passion for music and community service - and played in many musical concerts as well as volunteering centers like community nursing homes.
Mahmoud is Shorooq’s Co-Founding Partner, as well as a passionate believer in technology, and its ability to unlock potential in the Middle East and GCC. Mahmoud holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi with Honor and Distinction. Mahmoud has over a decade of experience in tech ventures, having built his career as an investment professional, engineer and entrepreneur and having also co-founded Pure Harvest Smart Farms, a regional innovator in sustainable agriculture focused on the production of greenhouse fruits and vegetables in the challenging climates of the Arab Gulf region using world-leading Dutch greenhouse growing technologies.
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