Meet the Startups Headed to Silicon Valley

Lynn Bizri, Aug 26 2016

Also known as the Global Track, the ‘Arab World meets Silicon Valley’ program is running its third edition organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum pan Arab, in partnership with Bab Rizk Jameel. First launched in June 2014, the program flies startups from various sectors in the region to Silicon Valley for a week-long immersive agenda, during which entrepreneurs participate in premier leading tech conferences and take part in diverse workshop, mentorship, and pitching sessions with experts and investors and industry leaders. The aim is to promote startups from the Arab World on an international level as well as strengthen the entrepreneurial image of the Arab World.

This year, the program will be held on September 8, 2016 until September 14, 2016, and will be as follows:

  • Sept 8: Training on pitching + Meeting with Industry Experts
  • Sept 9: One-to-One pitching to investors
  • Sept 10: TechWadi Annual Forum
  • Sept 11: Day off
  • Sept 12-14: MIT EF Arab Pavilion at TechCrunch Disrupt

Introducing this year’s startups
For the 3rd edition, the following 11 companies have been selected to be part of the program:

Arrow Labs
Arrow Labs is a mobility software manufacturer specializing in niche applications and mobility solutions. Arrow Labs MIMS is a state of the art mobility platform designed for today’s modern workforce.

Evam provides a next generation business oriented streaming analytics platform for customer engagement and operational intelligence. Their platform is a real time event-processing solution capable of sensing, analyzing and acting on events as they are produced.

Instabug is a platform for mobile developers that help them communicate with their users, collaborate with their teams and build better apps. Instabug allows regular mobile users or beta testers to submit their feedback or report bugs about any mobile app in the most intuitive way; by just SHAKING their device.

Linkry is a one stop shop for event organizers, providing services from online registration, check-in and badge printing, to mobile event applications and real time analytics.

Liwwa delivers jobs and income growth in the markets they serve. The way they do that is by facilitating capital access for small businesses - a $250 billion gap in the Middle East alone.

Mondo Ride
Mondo Ride allows users to order cars with a single click and move around the city in the safest way possible, with the most reliable drivers, and at the lowest fares. Mondo Ride app has unique features not offered by any similar service.

Myki is an enterprise mobile solution that eliminates the need for usernames and passwords.  Myki is the future of identity management.

NAR is designing and developing drone-based solutions allowing current drones on the market to analyze and interpret data on the fly for real-time updates of safety-critical applications in the Wildfires and Oil & Gas sectors, to promote rapid responses.

Pixelbug offers world class augmented reality technology apps from the hub of the Middle East. Pixelbug is a Dubai based company and is composed of a multi-cultural team with international experience.

Proximie aims to revolutionize the way surgeons work and educate through augmented virtual guidance. Using the latest advances in technology, our platform enables consultations to be provided remotely, both locally and globally.

Wrappup is a smart voice recorder that allows you to summarize your meetings and makes your meeting discussions easily searchable

Guest Teams B8ak, Tam, Every Drop Counts, Artistia and Re Braille from Saudi Arabia will also be joining this year’s edition.

Global Track Recap 2015
Last year, 8 handpicked companies from the region (7 from the Arab World and 1 guest company from Turkey) flew to San Francisco to take part in the second edition of the ‘Arab World Meets Silicon Valley’ program (Global Track) which ran from September 21 to 27, 2015. During the first three days, the teams were part of the Arab Pavilion at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, which gave them the opportunity to network and learn from industry experts as well as get feedback from potential customers. After the conference, the entrepreneurs attended private meetings and matchmaking events with high profile investors in the Bay Area, and took part in the Investors & Pitch Day where they had the chance to pitch their companies and explore their potential for international investment. Finally, the entrepreneurs participated in the TechWadi Annual Forum followed by the Mentorship Day which concluded the program. 

See related article:

Silicon Valley Meets 8 Promising Startups from MENA, Turkey

Silicon Valley's Favorite Startups to Invest in – ArabNet Beirut 2016




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