A gathering of U.S. mentors and members from Jordan's technology ecosystem, in an event co-hosted by Accelerator and Endeavor
Jordan's King Abdullah II shows his support and enjoys a hands-on demo of an online game developed by Wizards Productions
500 Startups and Geeks-on-a-Plane let loose at the offices of Jeeran, an Accelerator portfolio company, in November 2012
The team at Accelerator portfolio company Hashdoc, which is developing a document sharing and discovery plaform
The talented team of game developer and Accelerator portfolio company Quirkat at their office in Amman
The team at Curlstone Entertainment celebrate the launch of Nashmi Man, an animated series revolving around a Jordanian superhero

Our Story

Accelerator was founded by Dr. Fawaz Zu’bi in Jordan in 2005. Backed by a diverse group of institutional and individual investors from around the world, Accelerator was established with the aim of investing in technology in the Middle East. In doing so, Accelerator was one of the region’s first institutional venture capital investors.

Driven by this mandate, Accelerator made its first investment in 2006, in Jordanian animation and entertainment company Rubicon. Since then, Accelerator has made more than 30 investments in the Middle East and beyond. In expanding its investment activity globally, Accelerator seeks opportunities which present synergies to the Middle East.

Accelerator has recognized since its establishment that technology growth in the Middle East faces unique challenges. Therefore, more than just venture capital investors, Accelerator has created, led, and supported a range of initiatives that address the gaps that our region's technology ecosystem faces in innovative ways, thereby helping transform the region's technology and entrepreneurship landscapes.

Among these initiatives is Silicon Badia, an Accelerator subsidiary which focuses on early-stage investments in Jordan and the Middle East. Silicon Badia is focused on taking regional entrepreneurs and ventures from their local roots to global scale. It does so through three inter-connected entities:

Badia Impact Fund: an early-stage VC fund focused on the Middle East and sponsored and managed by Accelerator.
Badia Outreach Fund: a seed fund that invests in U.S. startups that is seeded and managed by Accelerator. 
The Launchpad: a three-month acceleration program that takes Middle East entrepreneurs to the heart of the U.S. tech ecosystem. 

Through these initiatives, Silicon Badia is building extensive links and networks between the Middle East and the U.S., and giving Middle East entrepreneurs with global ideas a platform to succeed.

Accelerator has also invested in and supported the creation of Oasis500, Jordan’s first seed stage accelerator and incubator, and Accelerator's team actively works on developing the region’s technology ecosystem.