E22: How to Raise Capital for your Startup through an Accelerator or Incubator, and when to Pitch an Angel Investor or a VC? – Interview with Kamal Hassan

Kamal Hassan

(General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital, Founder of i360accelerator for Startups, President & CEO of Innovation 360 Institute and Managing Director of Turn8 a seed accelerator program initiated by DP World)

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Video Interview

With English and Arabic Subtitle



Kamal Hassan is General Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, based out of Dubai office and leading the operations in the Middle East. He is a 20-year veteran of the business world with expertise in corporate strategy, innovation management, performance excellence, as well as startup development and growth.

Concurrent to his role at Fenox, Kamal is founder, President and CEO of Dubai-based Innovation 360, a global innovation management firm. As an active supporter of startups and SMEs, Kamal has invested in 19 startups through regional seed funding programs. He is the driving force behind i360accelerator, a 120-day accelerator program for startups, as well as a Managing Director for TURN8, a seed accelerator program organized by DP World.

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Interview Questions


  • How did you do the transition from biology & genetics to startups & investments?
  • Why you decided to come to Dubai and develop the startup community in Dubai?
  • Why & How the Turn8 project started by DP world?
  • What’s the difference between i360accelator & DP World’s seed accelerator Turn8? And the Cribb?
  • How the process of the acceleration works?
  • Do the startups need to open a company to be listed in the Cribb?
  • Which criteria you use to select startups at the Cribb or Turn8?
  • What’s the percentage of startups that you choose from the total applied companies?
  • What happens after the graduation of the startups? Do you introduce them to VCs or Angel Investors?
  • What’s the most successful startup in terms of net profit that came through the Cribb or Turn8 program?
  • What are the major challenges that you are facing with the new startups in the region?
  • What are the major challenges for the startups in Dubai?
  • Is there’s a real environment of Angel Investors in Dubai? Is the startup market is mature enough?
  • How different is the VC & Angel Investing world between the Middle East and the US?
  • What’s the difference between a VC and Private Equity Firm?
  • You are a general partner at Fenox Venture Capital, what’s the usual structure of a VC company? What does partner or general partner means?
  • How those principals, general partners, advisors get paid?
  • How do you select the general partner or advisor in your VC?
  • What are the different series of investment Example what you call Series A up to the IPO?
  • On which criteria would you choose the right IPO market for a Startup or company?
  • How somebody can pitch Fenox for investment? It can be an early stage startup or after the Angel round?
  • What’s the system that startups follow to put a value for their startup? Don’t you think these values are exaggerated most of the time?
  • Do you think this focus in investing in technology will lead us to a bubble?
  • How about the offline or physical products project which is representing more than 90% of the projects in the world? Do you or Fenox or the Cribb invest in?
  • How the consultancy services of the innovation 360 works? Do you provide 1:1 coaching?
  • What’s your personal portfolio of investments?
  • How a startup can pitch you?
  • Tell us more about your other projects that you are currently working on or planning for the future?
  • Take us through your typical working day?
  • What are your other hobbies?
  • 3 things that you believe are the most important factors for any success?
  • What are the Top 3 apps that you use on your smart phone?
  • What are the habits that you are trying to develop to stay efficient?
  • What are your top 3 favorite books?
  • What are the top 3 people that you are inspired by? 
  • What are the things that make you happy?
  • How people can contact you?