Paul Kenny is a renowned technology Entrepreneur in the Middle East. Kenny is one of the most important figures in the startup space in the MENA region and is an active investor, mentor and advisor to numerous companies and organizations, including governmental and non-profits, around the world.
Kenny founded Dubai based online coupon website, Cobone at the age of 25, which was later sold in a multi-million-euro deal, to the US based investment firm Tiger Global Management. Before the age of 30, he was a founding partner of four companies including Emerge Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on high-impact early stage and Series A investments in emerging markets.
Paul has been listed by Forbes as one of 2018’s most influential expats in the UAE. He has been selected as the 10th most influential persons under the age of 30 in the Middle East, one of the 25 most important people in technology in the region, in the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in the Middle East by Gulf Business and one of the 30 under 30 shaping Ireland’s future by Ireland’s biggest news website; The Independent.
In 2012 Paul was named Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year by Gulf Business and won the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award, highlighting the explosive growth achieved early in his career. In 2017 Paul was named Arabian Business’s Mentor of the Year for his work with the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards(GSEA) and the Japanese External Trade Organisation(JETRO). He has made numerous investments into technology companies worldwide and sits as a board member and advisor to several companies.
Paul is currently managing director of AYM Commerce, a company specialising in breakthrough digital technologies and online business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and across the globe, including the largest ecommerce grocery platform in the Middle East, the BinDawood group’s, Danube Online.
In September and October 2012 Paul won the Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year by Gulf Business and the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award, highlighting the explosive growth achieved so early in his career. He has made numerous investments into Technology companies worldwide and sits as a board member and advisor to several companies.