KAUST signed a partnership with the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), to achieve investment opportunities in the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sector, build a digital transformation strategy and develop artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives.

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TAQADAM Startup Accelerator graduate Firnas Aero is an innovative DaaS startup (drone-as-a-service) designed to spot delay-causing debris on airport runways. Today, they’re a thriving business based out of KAUST’s Research Technology Park — and their innovative use cases and global interest is booming.

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It started with nearly 561 startups, each vying for a spot in the 2020 TAQADAM Startup Accelerator. Now, one year — and a global pandemic — later, the final 37 startups hit the (virtual) stage as part of the fourth TAQADAM Startup Accelerator Showcase.

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No matter how hard 2020 pushed, these founders pushed right back. Now, on March 10, the world will get a sneak peek at TAQADAM’s latest graduates — 37 innovative startups ready to change the world — and the way we live, eat, share, and connect.

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