TAQADAM Accelerator Startups

TAQADAM Accelerator Startups

TAQADAM is a university startup accelerator program developed by KAUST and SABB which aims to develop early stage entrepreneurs into new high-potential startups from universities across Saudi Arabia.

 

Meet the startups:

All | 201720182019

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Almiyah Solutions has designed a modular unit wastewater treatment system that converts wastewater into reusable water with minimal energy input. Among the advantages of Almiyah Solutions system is that it can be sold and installed as individual modular units, removing the need for a traditional centralized waste water treatment facility. Globally, more than 400 billion tons of sewage is produced annually, and only half of this sewage is treated. If treated, this remaining 200 billion tons of wastewater is enough to meet 25% of domestic global water demand.

Founders

Muhammad Ali |Krishna Katuri |Pascal Saikaly | Nayab Mukhtar

University: Prince Sultan University
2019 – Cohort 3

Arabi is the world’s first auto-correction software that detects grammatical errors and style enhancement in Arabic. Arabic is one of the fastest growing languages in the world with more than 420 million Arabic internet users globally, in addition to millions of language learners. The software optimizes recommendations using machine learning data from users’ responses. It operates on a premium model that offers basic features for free, with advanced packages able to be purchased by consumers and businesses.

Founders

Dr. Hadeer Aboelnagah |Eng. Ibrahim Nofal |Dr. Maher Nofal

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Carbon-CPU utilizes next-generation biotechnology to transform food waste into useful fatty acids needed as livestock nutrients. Every year, more than 1 billion tons of food waste is generated globally. However, the high organic content in this food waste makes it a very valuable resource. Globally, the demand for fatty acids is far more than what has been supplied, over 500k tons of fatty acids are required for the animal feed industry while only 30k tons are produced. Carbon-CPU aims to fill this gap by producing high-value bioproducts at a much lower cost and environmental burden, compared to the traditional chemical synthesis.

Founders

Bin Bian |Jiajie Xu |Le Shi | Tuoyuan Cheng | Yara Aldrees |Sara Aleid

University: MBSC
2019 – Cohort 3

Clane FinTech is a family-friendly financial services solution. The app features functionality specifically targeting the needs of the 3.5M Saudi families in KSA (2018). Mobile phone usage is a critical requirement for a successful eWallet and KSA exceeds the global average for smartphone penetration. The eWallet promotes increased financial literacy, parental oversight, digital financial management and planning tools all through an easy to use mobile phone interface. Clane FinTech revenue is based on commissions collected from bill payment.

Founders

Mamdouh Alshanqiti |Idris Saliu

University: Umm Al-Qura University
2019 – Cohort 3

Creative Minds has developed age and skill appropriate programs which parents can access through a mobile app. In Saudi Arabia there are approximately 4M children aged 1 to 5 years, with a 1B SAR addressable market. Many parents know that educating their children at a young age prepares them for success later in life, but are struggling to find the tools to help them educate their young children effectively. Parents will be free to access a range of activities while a subscription fee unlocks extra content, access to real-time reports, and the ability to request child specific consultations.

Founders

Ahmed Ghalab |Abdullah Murad, PhD | Sara Badri

University: Jazan University
2019 – Cohort 3

DormAg’s proprietary technology controls the dormancy cycle of crops enabling a satisfactory yield of temperate zone crops, even in regions where there is no winter cold. Global demand for food and feed is increasing, posing a unique challenge for temperate crops. Temperate crops go through a period of rest during winters, starting their new growth cycle only after 2 to 3 months of cold temperatures. Growing these crops in warmer clients like KSA usually requires large refrigeration facilities operating for several months per year resulting in high energy costs and low product yield. DormAg’s technologies are currently applied to potatoes and tulips.

Founders

Zaka ul Islam Mujahid |Habib Khemira |Mohammad Oteef

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Exapoda uses food waste to feed insect larvae which are then turned into a protein rich powder suitable for fish feed and other usages. In the last 20 years, the price of fishmeal has increased by over 200%, accounting on average for more than 60% total aquaculture production costs. Exapoda’s technology uses food waste to provide organic feed, rich in nutritious elements for fish to grow in a healthy, organic and environmentally friendly state. Expoda is a sustainable feed alternative with comparable nutritional value at a cheaper cost.

Founders

David Mantilla

University: King Saud University
2019 – Cohort 3

Faseeh is a company that is gamifiying the Arabic Language. It’s first game focusing on Arabic Language Skills is called Baleegh, a fun, mobile game for students. Young Arabic language speakers increasingly lack important language skills. This skills gap is critical since lower verbal Qiyas scores are hindering their university entrance prospects; as a result, the Qiyas tutoring market size is estimated to exceed more than 100 Million SAR per year. Baleegh uses a subscription-based revenue model, enabling students to tailor the best plan for their needs.

Founders

Rawan Al-Matham |Hend Al-Khalifa

University: MBSC
2019 – Cohort 3

Firnas Aero offers drones as a service for different industry sectors and governments. Firnas Aero has developed a specialized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which inspects infrastructure at airports such as runways, taxiways, aprons and roads for foreign object debris. Firnas Aero will systematically expand its services to address additional unserved needs. Organizations will be able to access Firnas Aero services through a flexible subscription model.

Founders

Tariq Nasraldeen |Sariah Aljefri |Bishr Alabbadi | Abdulaziz Alsunusi | Mohammed Qahwaji

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Genos Tech aims to produce high-quality, organic compounds and dry biomass from microalgae through its uniquely integrated cultivation, monitoring and harvesting technologies. In partnership with desalination and power plants, Genos Tech will exploit unused resources such as high salinity brine and flue gasses to grow microalgae. Genos Tech’s products will be sold to companies in the food and animal farming industries and to consumers as a Vitamin A rich supplement

Founders

Valerio Mazzone | Marcella Bonifazi | Paolo Guida

University: University of Prince Mugrin
2019 – Cohort 3

Ghallah is an agricultural management system that provides human resource tools and real-time data capture. By using Ghallah, farmers can better regulate the harvest process, and schedule and prioritize their team’s tasks. In Saudi Arabia, many farmers face date production losses as high as 40% due to poor operations. Having a managed process dramatically improves business operations and results in better crop management, including early detection of the red palm weevil, thereby improving crop yield and margins. Farmers will pay an annual software license and maintenance fee.

Founders

Alanoud Aloufi | Abeer Alharbi | Duaa Mahmoud Ziad | Mohammed Aloh | Amjad Abu Jamous

 

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

GlucoJet has developed a non-invasive, user-friendly glucose sensor that uses saliva instead of blood to monitor glucose levels, removing the necessity of the finger prick. Diabetic patients need to regularly monitor their blood glucose levels up to ten times per day using the finger-prick method. This is painful, invasive and damages nerve endings in the areas of the fingers pricked. GlucoJet will sell disposable sensors direct to consumers online and via pharmacies.

Founders

Eloise Bihar |Sahika Inal |Abdulelah Saleh

University: King Abdulaziz University
2019 – Cohort 3

Hadiya Registry is an online gift registry platform for all special occasions including newborns, weddings, birthdays and graduations. The website and mobile app take the stress out of choosing the right gift and ensures the giftee receives the gift they want and need, eliminating duplicates and unneeded gifts. Hadiya Registry is a one-stop-shop registry, receiving commissions based on products sold from a wide range of partner suppliers.

Founders

Moudi Alghashyan |Demah Banajah

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

HBR Electronics makes unique ink solutions that save electronics manufacturers fabrication time and reduces their prototyping and production costs. The global conductive ink segment is projected to reach $3.91B by 2021. HBR inks are based on nanoparticles as well as particle-free inks printed using digital methods and traditional spin-coating techniques. Three products in the HBR portfolio include silver inks for conductive applications, vanadium dioxide ink for radio frequency switching applications, and iron oxide inks for magnetic applications.

Founders

Amal AlAmri|Mohammad Vaseem | Atif Shamim

 

University: King Abdulaziz University
2019 – Cohort 3

Maison Glamour has created an innovative beauty concierge service app available exclusively for women in Saudi Arabia. With over 10.5 million female aged 15 to 64 in Saudi Arabia, Maison Glamour addresses the needs of all busy women looking for a better way to fit salon services (hair, makeup, nails, henna) into their busy day. Using a curated selection of beauticians, women can now relax and get pampered at home, alone or with friends by booking through the app. Beauticians then pay a fee for every lead booked through the platform.

Founders

Dania Hammad | Hani Mohammed | Aia Sibai

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Miqyas:  Fueled by an explosion of smartphones and a young population, fashion e-commerce sales are on the rise in Saudi Arabia. Shoppers increasingly want perfect fit clothes, but don’t have time to get measured. Miqyas offers a unique solution powered by computer vision. Using the Miqyas app, customers take two pictures of themselves and accurate body measurements are calculated to use in online fashion stores powered with Miqyas technology. Initial market entry will focus on thobe and abaya stores. Miqyas charges stores a transaction fee.

Founders

Abdulla Almazrooa |Fares Maimani | Amer Alghamdi | Justin Tian

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Mira Solar’s vision is to create zero-energy greenhouses that produce as much energy as they consume. Mirai Solar has created a new type of flexible, light-weight and easy-to-install solar panel as a drop-in replacement for existing passive shade cloths deployed in greenhouses. Mirai Solar Screens are designed for optimized plant growth while transforming greenhouses into power stations.

Founders

 Michael Salvador|Michele de Bastiani |Emmanuel Van Kerschaver | Ahmed Balawi | Thomas Allen

 

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

MiSect offers monitoring solutions to protect water installations in real-time using an IoT enabled automated biochemical sensor. This process introduces non-invasive sampling technology that detects, characterizes and alerts water operators to biological fouling at the earliest stage improving the production of water in Saudi Arabia by minimizing operational downtime and reducing operational costs. MiSect offers water treatment and distribution companies sensing as-service or a pay-as-you-go model.

Founders

Dania Hammad | Hani Mohammed | Aia Sibai

University: King Saud University
2019 – Cohort 3

Mosawir allows clients to quickly compare and find the right photographer to hire by simplifying the process of searching the marketplace by style, price, availability and specialty. With the increased adoption of digital platforms like Booking.com, Souq and AirBnB, finding the right photographer is an essential need for e-commerce. Mosawir generates revenue through premium subscriptions, with a plan to add photography courses, equipment rentals and a stock photo marketplace in the future.

Founders

Ibrahim Almuqrin |Abdulaziz Almogren

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Orbitcrops is integrating high-resolution satellite imagery and drone technologies to provide farmers with detailed information about their plants to maximize productivity while optimizing resources. Reports can be delivered on plant stress detention, water usage and health conditions, which will give farmers the information needed to grow more food with less water and fertilizer. Farmers can access OrbitCrops’ services through a flexible subscription plan based on the farm size

Founders

Matteo G. Ziliani |Mirko Ziliani |Bruno Aragon

 

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Peregrine Genomics provides accurate genomic diagnosis in half the time and at a much lower cost compared to current genetic diagnoses which relies on Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS). Peregrine Genomics is initially focused on premarital testing which has a large and growing market of approximately 160,000 Saudi couples. Future solutions will include disease diagnostics, preventive medicine, and personalized treatment.

Founders

Mo Li |Xin Gao |Sheng Wang | Renmin Han | Chongwei Bi | Deng Luo | Xuan Zhou | Samhan Alsolami

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Xtrac provides high-performance geoscience software for oil and gas companies, primarily on for upstream exploration and production. Xtrac’s state-of-the-art workflow software uses proprietary algorithms to generate a more physically and geologically accurate fracture network model by incorporating data from seismic, outcrops and well logs. Clients purchase annual software license and maintenance subscription.

Founders

Bora Yalcin | Weiwei Zhu | Xupeng He

University: King Fahad University of Petrol and Minerals
2019 – Cohort 3

Qosoor is the first Saudi venue booking marketplace, bringing together venue providers and potential customers with an easy to use mobile app and booking platform. Whether looking for wedding, graduation, training or meeting venues, Qosoor provides users comprehensive venue listings and details. Using the app’s simple interface, customers can easily secure their venue of choice. Saudi’s 2,000+ venue operators will be able to promote their listings for free on Qosoor while paying a commission fee for each Qosoor booking.

Founders

Abdullah Assiri |Yarob Almustafa | Abdullah Alharbi

 

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Sejam offers an out-of-the-box solution for inventory management and collection of point of sale (POS) market data. This solution helps store owners to manage their inventory, record transactions and solve accounting and supply management challenges.. Sejam is focusing first on the Saudi grocery market by providing a product inventory database and analytics solutions through a premium support service for a subscription fee.

Founders

Bassam AlGhamdi |Ibrahim Aldlaigan | Salman Alsubaihi

University: King Saud University
2019 – Cohort 3

Table Knight Games is a game development company with a vision to bring people in Saudi Arabia together through gaming. The startup develops culturally inspired Arabic social games designed for large gatherings and parties. Saudi Arabia has the second largest gaming revenue in the Middle East with a year-on-year growth rate of 25%, however there is still a dearth of Arabic and culturally driven game titles. Table Knight’s games will be offered on a freemium model with additional content available as paid upgrades.

Founders

Bora Yalcin | Weiwei Zhu | Xupeng He

University: KAUST
2019 – Cohort 3

Talon Dust Control’s innovative, low cost liquid spray-on solution prevents dust lift-off from land, reducing related financial, industrial, environmental, health and safety risks. The product is non-hazardous and more economical than alternatives and is locally produced in Saudi Arabia. Industries that will benefit from Talon Dust Control’s products include aviation, solar energy, government, construction, outdoor entertainment, military, oil and gas, and mining. Talon Dust Control offers consultation services for identifying risk reduction opportunities and supplies next generation proprietary dust control products for on-ground applications.

Founders

Shahzad Ghauri |Mohamed Omar |Sufyan Khan

 

University: King Abdulaziz University
2019 – Cohort 3

Wisensing is using advanced computer vision and machine learning techniques to identify defects in production lines to a degree much faster and more accurate than people. Wisensing provides a modular quality control solution for different production lines to analyze, detect and flag faulty items in real-time. The system can be purchased by manufacturers with mass production lines such as food, plastics, metals and solar panel companies.

Founders

Peng Zhan |Hui Chen | Chen Zhao | Mohammed AlSharif

University: KAU | UQU
2018 – Cohort 2

CapTask is an online platform that provides its users with a reliable delivery service for their heavy objects and belongings – and by heavy objects we mean anything that doesn’t fit in a normal-sized family car. Our service starts by facilitating the communication process between our users and truck drivers and ends with our happy clients receiving the best and fastest moving and delivery service for their furniture and other heavy objects.

Founders

Turki Bin Jahlan | Amin Fadul | Abdulrahman Suliman Dima Hariri | Rafal Shafee

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

d.Heritage 2 tech nurtures fundamental technical skills, encouraging an innovative mindset, through play
with our culture infused science and engineering toys and workshops.
Our unique hands-on building and storytelling approach engages children to better understand S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) concepts. These concepts are then challenged and transformed into new design ideas that provide solutions to real world problems.

Founders

Myraida Rivera | Thomas Finkbeiner | Aida Rivera

University: UPM
2018 – Cohort 2

Daffoor helps elementary students learn faster and smarter through personalized, adaptive games powered by artificial intelligence. We track how and what a student learns by measuring interactions with each game. We then modify both the content and the behavior of the
game to make learning more engaging for each student. The platform identifies strengths and gaps, and adapts to provide each student with an optimal learning experience.

Founders

Samar Afandi | Mohammad Bakhsh | Aishah Aldabbagh

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

Edama Organic Solutions converts organic waste into soil conditioners for gardens and landscapes. Our scientists have developed a proprietary composting process adapted to desert climates. The Edama formula requires very little water and energy because it uses a variety of ligninolytic fungi specifically isolated for desert environments. This improves the efficiency of the composting process and the quality of the final product. By using Edama, soil water retention can increase by up to 50%, significantly improving the water economy of irrigated areas.

Founders

Sabrina Vettori | Mitchell Morton | Kenana Dahlan

University: YU
2018 – Cohort 2

Elevn Elevn is an online one-stop-shop party planning platform. We help our clients celebrate loved one’s special days and achievements. Elevn Elevn offers party planning packages and services to help set the look, feel and atmosphere of the celebration. We take the stress out of party planning and the hassle out of dealing with multiple suppliers, ensuring the best possible corporate or social event experiences for our clients.

Founders

Abeer Alyaagoub | Abdulhamid Al Qurashi | Shahad Ziyarah Ghadah Aljebreen | Sarah Alyaagoub

University: KKU
2018 – Cohort 2

Faheem is an online app that helps students boost their academic performance, pass exams, and learn new skills by connecting them with local tutors. Our online hub makes the process of finding a high-quality tutor easy through trusted customer reviews and our pre-screening process. We help eliminate the stress for students and parents by helping them find tutors according to specific needs, and by offering in-person or online video sessions.

Founders

Mohammed Al Hamid | Ibrahim Baatiyah Salem Bin Ghanem

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

Hydrogeen Plus technology increases the purification of hydrogen gas and reduces the cost of production for companies in the oil and gas sectors. During the industrial gas separation process, hydrogen has a significant cost to companies when consumed as a raw material for fuel and also when lost in large volumes during off-gas waste streams. Our hydrogen gas purification system is capable of producing high purity hydrogen (>99%) at one tenth of the cost of existing systems.

Founders

Ahmed Al Jeffery |  Zain Ali

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

iyris makes solar windows for the cities of the future. Developed in KAUST from the labs of Professor Derya Baran, iyris allows any window to become a solar panel. This patented technology allows us to create windows that are electricity producing, heat blocking, and energy saving. The technology helps reduce the electricity consumption of buildings by as much as 25%, allowing for energy efficiency, electricity prodution and
cost savings, without compromising on aesthetics.

Founders

Nicola Gasparini | Daniel Bryant | Derya Baran | Joel Troughton

University: UQU
2018 – Cohort 2

Meteroid’s mission is to provide cost- effective solutions for utility and manufacturing industries based on the latest “Internet of things” concepts. Meteroid primarily focuses on wireless automated utility meter readings, energy audit/sub- metering, and cyber physical systems. Meteroid developed the world’s first LoRA based Opto-Wireless Energy Reading Device in KAUST. Meteroid deployed 2,500 of these energy meters at KAUST, considered to be the world’s largest LoRA deployment.

Founders

Raeece Naeem | Sharif M Hala | Prabhu Murugesan

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

Oaesis is building a laser-based energy-efficient lighting system that can be used in indoor farming to provide the necessary light for growing plants. With Oaesis’ horticulture laser solutions, customers will use less electricity to provide more light and less heat than the leading LED technology. Oaesis is introducing the world’s first next generation horticulture lighting technology with better energy utilization.

Founders

Robert Werfelmann | Vasiliki Kordopati | KuanSheng Ho

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

Qanoon Finding the right lawyer is hard. Qanoon makes it simple for everyone to access legal advice and services by matching them with the right lawyers at the right time using artificial intelligence. Using a chat interface, our users can ask a legal question easily and get a timely answer from our knowledge database, plus a potential follow-up with a legal specialist. Participating attorneys and law firms can showcase their legal expertise, get quality client leads, and offer their legal services on our platform.

Founders

Iman Linjawi | Andrew Yip

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

RenEn is an innovative startup that provides radical solutions to upcycle waste into environmentally friendly hydrocarbons. We use catalytic reactors to convert waste oil into biodiesel with minimal human intervention. RenEn is a ZERO waste process with an 80% conversion rate. In our first pilot project, we are converting 600 liters, monthly, of used cooking oil from the KAUST community into biodiesel.

Founders

Shadi AbdallahTsu – Fang Hong | Neil Chandiramani | Many Sarathy

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

RoboCrop is an automated platform system that uses intelligent robotics to harvest dates from palm trees. We aim to become a leader in the date farming industry in the Middle East by providing customized smart solutions for farm operations. Our robotic systems are improving the harvesting process by increasing efficiency and consistency while reducing costs for local farmers.

Founders

Mohammad Shaqura | Mohammed AlFarha| Jeff Shamma

University: YU
2018 – Cohort 2

Salaf is an online, peer-to-peer financial platform that connects lenders to borrowers to get receive microloans. The platform allows borrowers such as students and lower-income employees to access quick and flexible loans specifically designed for their needs.

Founders

Turki Alghamdi | Hamad Alruwaitee

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

SaNoor provides high-efficiency lighting and high-speed Li-Fi devices and solutions. We deliver visible laser communication technology for secure, high-speed data communication links in underwater and free-space.

Founders

Boon Ooi | Hala Alhashim | Jie Hu | Chao She| Katja Gorenflot

University: Alfaisal University | YU | SEU
2018 – Cohort 2

Sna3a is an e-commerce marketplace for local lifestyle home-businesses. Sna3a provides business owners with a platform that helps them grow by optimizing their operation time boosting growth potential, and providing cost saving. Sna3a will provide our partner home-businesses tools and services such as market exposure, order management, reporting, documentation, delivery, and payment options.

Founders

Mohammed Ashour | Sarah Alroshodi | Mahmoud Ashour

University: KAU
2018 – Cohort 2

SecureVia is a cyber security startup providing products, training and professional services to companies. We aim to close the cyber security gap by enabling the highest standard of practices in cybersecurity. Our “Herz” product helps companies raise internal awareness about cybersecurity. The platform conducts simulated attacks on an organization with the goal of measuring, testing, and evaluating employee vulnerabilities to cyber attacks.

Founders

Mustafa Alesayi | Faisal Jared | Mohammed Alghamdi

University: PNU
2018 – Cohort 2

Shofony is unifying and digitising communication between childcare centers and parents. We connect parents and caretakers in one platform, allowing caretakers to share pictures, videos, records, and other vital information. By enabling childcare centers go paperless, we save teachers’ time by automating and digitizing reports and events.

Founders

Hawraa Alnakhli | Alaa Aljarad | Khadija Almaskeen

University: UQU
2018 – Cohort 2

Steadia is an end-to-end system that aims to convert standard, non-smart, utility meters into smart ones. Our first prototype is an Internet of Things (IoT) device that will be installed in the main power plate of houses and sends usage data to the server via the Internet. An AI program will then analyze the consumption data of each appliance, which can be viewed from a smartphone application. This will encourage users to reduce their electricity consumption.

Founders

Abdulah Aljohani | Abdolmaged Alkhulaifi

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

UnitX provides supercomputing-as-a-service. Our team helps companies in the military, mechanical, aerospace and reverse engineering industries engineer better products faster by adopting a simulation-assisted prototyping approach that relies on parallel computing. For the architecture and construction industries, UnitX offers Terra-X, an SaaS platform that uses the power of supercomputing to provide rapid estimates of material cost, crowd safety, pedestrian comfort, ventilation and energy performance.

Founders

Emad Al Ibrahim | Kiran Narayanan | Matthias Mulle| Ravi Samtaney

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

Vedur is artificial intelligence (AI) made easy. We are a web-based platform that allows users to deploy graphics and use AI without programming or math. We make AI accessible and usable for young innovators.

Founders

Abdullah Hamdi | Modar Alfadly

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

Vythos helps companies, researchers and governments monitor natural and man-made seafloor activities around the world by providing a cost-effective underwater monitoring system. Our first product is SMO (Seafloor Monitoring Observatory), a massively distributed sensing platform consisting of independent nodes, able to descend up to 1000m below sea level for up to 2 weeks per deployment.

Founders

Marco TerzarioJiming Jiang |  J. Carlos Santamarina

University: UPM
2018 – Cohort 2

Waqood is an e-wallet system that enables drivers to pay for gas and in return the registered gas station will recognize the payment via a dashboard provided by Waqood. Drivers will also have access to Waqood loyalty program benefits. By using Waqood, drivers will save money and gas stations will be happy.

Founders

Rayed Alnoom | Saad Alzayed | Hani Almenaii

University: KAUST
2018 – Cohort 2

Wayakit is an instant laundry spray that removes stains and smells on garments using patented biotechnology to degrade the molecules causing unpleasant odors. We aim to revolutionize the laundry industry by creating solutions with low water and energy consumption.

Founders

Sandra Constanza Medina | Luisa Emilia Javier

University: KFUPM
2017 – Cohort 1

Core Echo is determined to provide innovative solutions to overcome the challenges faced by oil & gas companies when analyzing rock samples (cores). The currently use core analysis methods, which are time-consuming and need to be done in centralized labs far away from the field, lead to delays in drilling and hydrocarbons extraction. Core Echo’s Technology will reduce the time needed for the analysis from a couple of weeks to a couple of hours right in the field to optimize and reduce the cost of oil and gas exploration and production.

Founders

Abdullah Al Battal | Hamad Al Muqbel |  Arbab Latif

University: KAUST
2017 – Cohort 1

One Omega Seismics is an emerging technology-enhanced service provider in the Oil and Gas industry. We provide a unique software-as-a-service to accurately locate new hydrocarbon reserves and assess the production value of existing ones based on the seismic exploration method. Bringing together technical know-how and patented fast algorithms our solution offers high resolution of the earth’s image even in high-complexity situations.

Founders

Tariq Alkhalifah | Zedong Wu | Christos Tzivanakis

University: KAUST
2017– Cohort 1

Biotags aims to be the global leader in customized protein solutions for research and industrial production. Using a novel, proprietary KAUST technology, Biotags is the first company to provide a platform for highly specific, yet versatile in vivo protein modifications. The Biotags technology not only reduces costs and development time, but also facilitates the introduction of engineered research tools and tailored biopharmaceuticals or diagnostics.

Founders

Adrian Hohl | Jörg Eppinger | Stefan Groetzinger

University: KAU | KAUST
2017 – Cohort 1

GenomeFit will enable clinical decision making by providing accurate and early diagnostics and drug safety analysis using a revolutionary novel approach for genome analysis to provide diagnoses for patients suffering from genetic diseases and prevent harmful drug effects. GenomeFit is the first company in the region to offer precise and personalized diagnostic solutions and treatment recommendations for the benefit of the people

Founders

 Imene Boudellioua | Adeeb Noor

University: KAUST
2017 – Cohort 1

Algorizm aims to help hospitals, companies, and government organizations identify which microorganisms live in their patient samples or biological products. Using state-of-the-art deep sequencing techniques and novel bioinformatics analyses, we plan to quickly and accurately characterize genomic signatures of harmful microbes present in these samples helping provisioning better and safer public health and food safety mesures.

Founders

Sharif Hala | Arnab Pain | Raeece Ghazali| Christopher Beaudoin

University: KAUST
2017– Cohort 1

Loger aims to make the road haulage industry as reliable, secure, and simple as turning the light-switch on. Loger Will organize the road haulage industry through an application that match trucks and cargo owners

Founders

Hussain Al Dabbagh

University: KAUST
2017 – Cohort 1

Al Maha Systems aims to be a world-class provider of livestock health tracking services. The company will use KAUST patented technology to provide real-time health monitoring services through our cloud solutions. We help our customers by creating value through early detection of health problems, epidemic prevention, lowering the cost of medical checkups and providing analytics needed to optimize the productivity of every livestock.

Founders

Suhaib Amer | Faisal Alhindi| Albaraa Aseeri|Hamza Alahmadi

University: KAUST
2017 – Cohort 1

Excersia is a smart wearable devices company which aims to provide highly integrated and robust smart wearable items like T-shirts and trousers. The smart clothing will enable the wearer to track his body movement in full 3D space. We aim to help athletes to get the most of their time by allowing them to compare their workout with that of experts in real time.

Founders

Muhammad Akram Karimi | Atif Shamim

University: UQU
2017– Cohort 1

MobiGas aims to provide gas distributors around the world an enterprise class platform for providing their customers an ondemand gas delivery system that helps them fulfil their gas demand in the most economical, convenient and effortless manner.

Founders

Mowffaq Oreijah | Akhlaq Ahmad

University: KFUPM
2017 – Cohort 1

Telaa offers an innovative materials coating solution: Producing an anti-corrosion coating (Protective coating) by using the recycled crumb rubber.

Founders

Mohammad Albuali | Baker Hammad

University: KAUST
2017 – Cohort 1

Saudi Catalyst Company (SCC) will focus on development and production of advanced catalysts and catalysts supports. At the initial phase the SCC will focus its efforts in commercializing the patented Nano fibrous silica (KCC-1) technology with the prime focus on catalyst support applications being the widest market.

Founders

Jean Marie Basset | Pradeep Kumar Doggali

University: Taibah
2017– Cohort 1

Zayer is an online tour-guide marketplace that helps Madinah visitors to book private tours to historical/Islamic attractions in Holy Madinah. The visitor can now easily reserve a private car or a big bus, choose a guide of his/her choice (out of many licensed ones), and select any of 9 different short-tours that collectively cover more than 100 attractions in Madinah including 10 museums.

Founders

Ahmed Showail | Saeed Al Ansari