Egypt’s AI Startup, DXwand Secures $1M pre-Series A Round to Scale
Egypt-based AI startup, DXwand which operates Omnichannel conversational AI and digital assistants tool, has secured $1 million in Huashan Capital-led pre-Series A investment round with participation from angel investors like Mr. Mohsen Abulleil and Mr. Ahmed Bakeer and a return investment from its seed round investor, the US-based VC firm SOSV.
Ahmed Mahmoud founded DXwand in 2018 as smart, AI-driven software that automates text and voice conversations between customers and businesses in call centers, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, via SMS, or on a website. Their conversational AI tool understands slang in both Arabic and English and can extract insights from conversations and display them on dashboards for businesses to make instant, informed decisions. Their analytical platform and dashboards with deep business insights support business growth by transforming conversations into leads and sales with a focus on customer retention and acquisition.
Commenting on the round Ahmed Mahmoud, Founder and CEO at DXwand said “We’re most grateful to our investors for their continuous support and trust in us. With gaining more trust from various stakeholders to lead the AI services industry in MENA, and having been achieving 11X year-over-year growth, we look forward to propelling this success even more in the coming period.”
“We can’t forget where all this had started. I am genuinely grateful to Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), who invited us to the Hangout with VCs event that led us to get exposed to SOSV and other overseas investors in this round and upcoming rounds. It was the most impactful matchmaking event I attended in Egypt” the CEO said.
Stressing the importance of DXwand offerings, Oscar Ramos, SOSV General Partner said “Conversational interfaces are the future of user engagement and we think that the DXwand team is very well positioned thanks to their proprietary Arabic dialects NLP and personalized recommendations engines that set them apart from the rest of the competitors. DXwand was one of the first investments for SOSV in MENA; the positive experience led to more than a dozen investments in the region.”
David Chen of Shanghai-based Huashan Capital said “What we liked about DXwand was that it provided a clear quantifiable value proposition to its clients – reducing customer service time by 70%, greatly reducing the manpower needed, and driving up to 3 times higher customer engagement.”
“We’re very proud to invest in the DXwand team. The results and growth that they have achieved so far are testaments to the value of their products and services. AI-powered customer services are blossoming across the globe in every customer-facing interaction, and we’re looking forward to supporting DXwand’s efforts to expand into the whole MENA region,” Chen added.
DXwand will utilize this investment to accelerate its growth across the region, expand its market share and advance its AI research to further differentiate its solutions in the market.
“I’m thrilled to see DXwand secure its second investment deal with investors they met last year during our Hangout with VCs event. This is part of ITIDA’s mandate to attract more VCs to the ecosystem in Egypt to help more companies to scale and accelerate their revenue growth. It’s an exciting time for the entrepreneurship sector in Egypt as global VCs are not only keeping an eye on Egyptian startups but are also investing large amounts of money helping us realize our targets and achieve tremendous year-on-year (YoY) growth,” ITIDA’s CEO, Amr Mahfouz said.
“Despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the multi-crisis context, many opportunities emerge where we’ll spare no effort to carve them out, extend our support to the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and position Egypt as a leading technology hub for both offshoring businesses and innovative startups,” Mahfouz added.