Tech Startup FOODICS Launches A US$100m Micro Loan Fund to Support SMEs

  • Foodics Capital Fund set to further help small business owners post Covid-19
  • Foodics partnered with Maalem Financing for the Fund set to revolutionize SME lending
  • Micro loans are Shariah-compliant and focused on helping restaurants expand faster

27 October 2020, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. FOODICS, the F&B and Retail tech startup based in Saudi Arabia, officially announced today the launch of FOODICS CAPITAL, its micro lending arm.

The tech start-up, which offers an all in one restaurant management platform helping restaurant owners run their business, has announced it has raised US$100 million (SAR 375m) to further support Saudi F&B merchants post Covid-19 through Shariah-compliant micro loans.

Ahmad Al-Zaini, Co-Founder and CEO commented, “With cash flow being a critical pain point for small business owners right now, we wanted to be able to offer them a one stop shop that also covers their finance needs and enables them to accelerate their growth rate.”

Abdullah Tahboub, FOODICS’ CFO added, “This fund is set to revolutionize SME lending, as it will enable faster and more flexible lending than most of the lending facilities in the region. Our application process is indeed straight forward, as all is completed online on our platform, with the initial approval to be granted within as little as 24 hours and final approval in 7 days. FOODICS CAPITAL is able to extend loans from US$5,000 (SAR 18,750), up to US$133,000 (SAR 500,000) as and when needed by small businesses.”

In order to launch the fund, FOODICS CAPITAL partnered with the KSA-based Maalem Finance, leading provider in Shariah-compliant consumer and SME financing. The Product has received the full SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority) approval. Phase 1 will primarily benefit existing FOODICS customers, who are pre-qualified, and will then be rolled out more widely in KSA before year end.

Al-Zaini concluded, “A finance offering was always part of our vision, in order to offer a true one stop platform for owners to manage their business. FOODICS is indeed very proud to now allow merchants to finance their working capital by giving them access to Shariah-compliant micro loans through FOODICS CAPITAL, staying true to our objective of always bringing more value to our customers and making their lives easier.”

FOODICS has so far successfully serviced over five thousand customers and processed over a billion orders through the Foodics platform, totaling about US$200m (SAR750m) monthly in GMV transactions in 2020 and catering to over 10,000 F&B outlets. Having already established a strong presence in KSA and the UAE since its inception in 2014, Foodics entered Egypt last month, whilst also in the process of closing its series B funding round.

About FOODICS:
FOODICS is a retail and F&B tech startup based in Saudi Arabia, with a 360° SaaS Ecosystem that forges ahead in the F&B and retail industries by supporting its end to end digitization. Its vision is to become a leading Fintech and software trusted partner globally, for retailers and sellers who want to grow their business.

FOODICS’ mission is to empower restaurant owners and retailers with a comprehensive cloud-based POS and restaurant management system to enrich their operations. It caters to every segment of the F&B sector from traditional dine-in restaurants, cafés, fast food outlets, bakeries, food trucks through to cloud kitchens and grocery stores, and also supports retail outlets such as flower shops, book stores and micro retailers.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Riyadh, Foodics’ fast-growing demand made it available for businesses and sellers across the MENA region, with 5 offices in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. Foodics, the software, is also available in English, Arabic, & French making it one of the most promising SaaS companies in the MENA region. It will also be released soon in Spanish. Foodics serves its customers 24/7 and over five thousand customers who have rung up over a billion orders through the Foodics system, catering to over 10,000 F&B outlets