On June 24, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab will announce the winners of the 13th edition of Arab Startup Competition during a Virtual Conference & Award Ceremony, in partnership with Community Jameel (Main Partner), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Innovation Partner), and Zain Group (Digital Partner).
This year's 16 Ideas Track semifinalists come from 10 different countries around the world (either with an Arab founder, or directly operating in the MENA). Also, all semifinalists have already received an intensive training module, which was conducted remotely by the team at KAUST and addressed various topics around resiliency, adapting to new market behavior, business model canvas, and more.
The semifinalists will pitch to the judges remotely, who will be determining the winners based on our long-standing judging criteria.
Meet the Ideas Track semifinalists for the 13th edition of MITEF Arab Startup Competition:
- BLOCKSupplAI (UAE): ‘BLOCKSupplAI’ creates a regulated network backed by a permissioned blockchain which allows trusted stakeholders to carry out their business processes with ease while allowing the government to control and monitor stakeholders and medicine.
- Bots Factory (Morocco): Banki is an intelligent conversational voice assistant which is 'plug n play'in mobile banking and mobile wallets apps. It speaks 3 languages (Arabic & its Dialects, French, English), for banks' consumers to perform secure banking services 24/7 through voice conversations.
- Decapolis (Jordan): Decapolis provides a platform for certification of the quality of food to food producers worldwide. The mission of Decapolis is to provide guaranteed premium goods for which the end-to-end supply chain complies with strict quality control standards.
- Devyzer (Lebanon): Devyzer is an intelligent assistant with various tools that can perform developer's daily tasks. It will learn from millions of projects to be able to write code by following the developer's same patterns and by applying the best practices and standards at the same time.
- Historio (Tunisia): "BYGONE" by Historio is a Collectible Card Game that can help people learn history through augmented Reality experiences in real historical sites.
- Honey Flow Africa (Bahrain): Honey Flow Africa is bringing the power of IoT (Internet of Things) to help digitize beekeeping by moving from calendar-based decisions to data-driven solutions to help optimize beekeeping operations and to keep healthy bees.
- Infrastric (Lebanon): INFRASTIC is a new construction technology company specialized in concrete systems for both vertical and horizontal applications. It is the first construction-grade building material company made of more than 60% recycled materials (and often un-recyclable).
- Morta (United Kingdom): Information in the construction industry is scattered between word, excel, PDFs, and emails. This makes it difficult for the right part to find the right information at the right time. Morta is building a platform to move the construction industry away from document-based workflows to data-centric workflows.
- MyelinS (Luxembourg): MyelinS provides cutting-edge software technology to create fully autonomous, curious, and smart exploration robots. Its market entry is space exploration and space robotics. MyelinS leverages deep learning, brain-computer interfaces, signal processing, neuromorphic computing and virtual reality to push the boundaries of space exploration.
- RafiQ (Egypt): RafiQ is a virtual assistant that can understand Arabic voice commands in user’s local dialect with localized experience.
- Revotonix (UAE): Revotonix is specialized in developing fully autonomous mobile robots based on smart navigation systems and handles interaction with humans using cutting edge technologies, leaving visitors with an unforgettable experience.
- Draw it (Jordan): Draw It is a tool where users can express their emotions through the guided drawings of the human figure
- Aounak (Jordan): Aounak is a pick-up booking application that allows users to get a safe and affordable transportation service in a touch of a button.
- Firnas Aero (KSA): Firnas Aero provides Drones as a Service (DaaS) for industrial applications. We specialize in airport inspections using UAV’s and computer vision AI to detect anomalies in real-time to help our clients make corrective decisions.
- Uvera (KSA): Uvera introduces a technology that is capable of doubling the shelve life of fresh foods. Our technology uses a specific wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) to destroy the DNA of different kinds of bacteria and foodborne pathogens that causes food spoilage and foodborne illnesses. Our solution is free-of chemicals, compact, portable and user-friendly hardware that can be installed inside any refrigeration setups to provide food disinfection and environmental monitoring of temperature and humidity levels.
- Ghallah (KSA): Ghallah is a Management system that enables the palm farm owner to monitor the labor force, and regulates the process to maintain the palm health. Ghallah supplies real-time data on palms crop conditions in the fields. Using AI in Agriculture to improve dates and palms farming practices and gives the labor and farm owners an opportunity to consult experienced agricultural engineers by reporting the problems with photos sent, this will help to collect big data and enhance machine learning and image processing in Ghallah.