Saturday 16 October 2021

Wa’ed agrees $505,000 VC investment in Mohtwize

RIYADH, 16 days ago

Wa'ed, the entrepreneurship arm of Aramco, has announced a SR1.9 million ($505,000) venture capital (VC) investment in Riyadh-based Mohtwize, a leading podcast tech developer across the Mena region.

Mohtwize aims to empower audio content creators through podcast training and providing sponsorship opportunities.

The investment in Mohtwize, founded in 2018 by former podcaster Khalid Alkenaa, aims to create a sustainable business model for podcasts, a fast-growing medium in the Kingdom that already attracts 5.1 million regular listeners a week.

Mohtwize plans to use the investment from Wa’ed Ventures, the venture capital arm of Wa’ed, to further develop its software solution, expand staffing and increase the platform’s content, which is downloaded about 2 million times every month.

By helping monetize the podcasting niche and providing a more sustainable business model, Mohtwize’s platform is working to attract more content to the niche.

Podcasts are a fast-growing medium among Saudis ages 16 to 40 years old, and a recent study by Hootsuite Digital Report 2021showed that Saudi internet users on average listen to podcasts for about 1 hour and 17 minutes each day.

Mohtwize allows advertisers to select podcasts that best match their corporate goals, reaching audiences chosen according to metrics such as gender, earning power and interests. At the same time, Mohtwize acts as a financial enabler for creators, providing podcasters with advertising income to develop programming.

Mohtwize is currently the only content delivery platform paying Arabic podcasters per listens.
“Mohtwize is a smart way to monetize the podcast sector, and our platform is helping this sector grow and flourish in Saudi Arabia and the Mena region,” Alkenaa said. “We are grateful to Wa’ed for helping Mohtwize take this fast-growing medium to a new level of financial sustainability and success.”

The decision to invest in Mohtwize aligns with Wa’ed’s desire to promote Saudi-based start-ups that are advancing the growth of the digital economy in the Kingdom, said Fahad Alidi, the Wa’ed Managing Director.

“Mohtwize’s unique platform is helping monetize Saudi Arabia’s podcasting sector and its sustainable financial model is supporting more content,” Alidi said.

With Wa’ed’s financial support, Mohtwize this year plans to launch a technology solution that will allow corporate sponsors to place ads in archived podcasts. Often, podcasters work months or years before attracting a big listening audience. But once they do, listeners tend to seek out podcasts from their archives, listening to them for the first time.

Mohtwize’s new function will allow podcasters to monetize older podcasts and gives companies the ability to leverage the full portfolios of more than 100 podcast shows. – TradeArabia News Service


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