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Zest is on a mission to democratize access to venture, empowering investors, founders and their companies on one platform.

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Zest empowers you to Access the most innovative startups

Be part of the growth story in MENA and beyond. Invest in startups across different growth stages before they go public, at accessible minimum amounts.

Our technology makes investing simple

Skip the administrative hurdles with Zest. Our digital solution streamlines investment processes for all stakeholders.

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Customize your Wishlist with what you want to buy and sell. Enhance your investor profile by setting your Investor Preferences. We will let you know when an opportunity arises.
“Zest's turnkey investment solutions platform empowered me and my network to invest in a seamless manner, at affordable ticket sizes”
Saif Saleh
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Leverage Zest's Platform to fit your needs

Launch your own transactions and benefit from our best practice platform infrastructure

Zest for founders

Streamline your fundraise and simplify your cap table

We make it easy for founders to raise funds online from prospective investors and group them into a dedicated vehicle.

You can also simplify your current ownership structure by rolling-up existing investors into a single cap table entry ahead of your next raise.

Zest for deal leads

Invite your network and invest as a group

We provide vehicles for angel groups, syndicates and VC co-investments. Leverage our platform to launch your deal and invite your network to invest in a dedicated vehicle.

Zest takes care of administration and governance for the investment lifetime.

Zest for liquidity

Provide liquidity to your stakeholders

We empower venture-backed companies to launch liquidity events for their shareholders and team via secondary transactions.

Our company centric approach aligns interests across your stakeholders while promoting transparency and engagement on all sides.

Venture Investing 101

We put together a list of key terminology to help you get through the legal jargon and acronyms. Also, read our blog to learn more.

Venture Capital

A form of private equity funding that is provided to early stage companies with high growth potential

Angel Investors

Individuals who invest in startups, typically in their earlier stages of development

Stakeholders

All parties that have a relevant interest in a company, including (but not limited to) it’s investors, founders and employees

Investment Vehicle

A legal entity created for the purpose of allowing a group of investors to invest together

Syndicate

A group of investors that agree to participate in one or more investments together through an investment vehicle

Deal Lead

A deal lead is an investor who takes responsibility for driving an investment and usually sets the investment terms

Cap Table

A capitalization (cap) table is a spreadsheet or table that shows a detailed breakdown of a company’s ownership

Equity

Equity represents a shareholder’s ownership interest in the net value of a company

Valuation

The implied value of a company’s shares, typically calculated by multiplying the price per share x the number of outstanding shares

Pre vs. post-money valuation

The implied value of a company excluding (pre) or including (post) the amount raised in the latest funding round

Primary Fundraise

When a company is raising capital against newly issues shares or convertible instruments

Secondary Transaction

When pre-existing shares or convertible instruments held by investors in a company are sold or transferred to another party

Liquidity

How easily an asset can be transferred from one party to another, or converted into cash

Exit

When a company engages in a transaction that allows existing investors to sell their shares. Generally occurs through a trade sale or IPO

Preferred Shares

A share type that enjoys certain preferential rights over common shares in a company, examples include liquidation preferences, anti-dilution, special dividends and voting powers

Common Shares

A share type generally issued to founders, employees and in some cases, early investors of a company. Common shares typically have less rights than preferred shares

Convertible Note

A convertible note allows startups to raise funds from investors with a promise of future equity. Investors loan money to the startup and are usually repaid with equity at a future priced equity round

SAFE Note

Similar to a convertible note, a SAFE note is a sort of option or warrant that provides investors with the right to equity in a company, usually at a future priced equity round

Priced Equity Round

In a priced equity round, investors acquire priced shares in a company, whereby the share price is based on a negotiated valuation

Shareholders' Agreement

An agreement that governs the relationship between a company and its shareholders. Commonly referred to as a SHA

Subscription Agreement

An agreement between a company and its investors to issue shares at an agreed-upon price

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