Building Block Equity Fund

The Building Block Equity Fund is the first initiative by Bader that raised 7.5 million dollars to support small and medium enterprises. This venture capital fund is managed by Middle East Venture Partners and has invested 1.1 million dollars in 3 expanding startups so far. The BBEF itself has a vision for expansion, as it is planning on raising an additional 7 million dollars to invest in aspiring Lebanese startups.

Funded companies


Shawarmanji launched in 2012 as a fully branded fast food Shawarma chain to address the lack of fully branded Shawarma chains as it aims to build a strong brand identity. In 2012, 5 branches were opened in Lebanon and 1 branch in Dubai (at American University of Dubai). Shawarmanji is managed by a very senior team with previous experiences at Mc Donald’s and Burger King Middle East and with previous F&B success stories, such as the sushi chain Yabani is a user generated content food portal for Arabic & English speaking foodies that offers its users unique recipes from different cuisines (mainly Middle East).
Shahiya hit the 1.1 Million unique with 40% traffic from KSA and 100% organic traffic.
According to Effective Measure, Shahiya ranks first in the food section and fourth in the woman section in MENA.


Bookwitty is an ecosytem that allows a community of booksellers, publishers, distributors and experts to access the same tools as the biggest online marketplaces. Bookwitty also aims to bring together these book professionals with the book lovers, such as bloggers and reviewers, allowing the latter to make a living through their passion. Booklovers and professionals will come together through the community to build the most complete catalogue of published works ever assembled, which will serve as both a reference tool and a platform for sales. Bookwitty has existed as a ‘white label’ company since 2007, and has sold 1 million books in the first 10 months of 2013 so far.

  • Founded2007
  • ServiceBook community distributor and catalogue
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