QiDZ, an app for kids-related fun, education and entertainment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has secured $1 million in seed funding. The round was led by several regional and international institutional investors, which included the Oman Technology Fund, 500 Startups, Vision Ventures, Seedstars, Mindshift Capital, Delta Partners Ventures and support from the OQAL Angel Investor Network, UAE Business Angels and Misk Innovation.
Launched in November 2017 by Simona Agolini, Ines Mena, Claudia Ribas, Nourhan Hassan and Therese Hundt, QiDZ claims to be the region’s first app to consolidate all family-related entertainment and activities in one place. The app enables users to discover more than 3,000 hand-picked fun and educational activities, deals and restaurants and book online instantly.
Simona Agolini, CEO, said:
“We are really proud to have created this unique, convenient and valuable platform for our users. With QiDZ, parents no longer need to spend hours searching for activities and agonising over scheduling. Our app helps to explore different locations in the vicinity, filter by ages and interests of their kids, and ultimately enjoy exciting, fun-filled activities, which create lasting memories.
“Closing our seed round is a testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our team to further scale our business.”
The female-led startup plans to use the investment to enhance its product offering, grow its team and expand its footprint across the GCC region.
Khalid AlHadlaq, an investor and an advisory board member, added:
“QiDZ has established real value for kids entertainment in the UAE. I am excited to see the growth and what the team has achieved, and to be part of the journey. The time has never been better to expand into other markets and, in particular, into Saudi Arabia.”