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:

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