Meet the 100 Arab start-ups shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) have partnered and selected 100 Arab start-ups shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution in 2019. This builds on the success of the initiative, which began in 2017.

The entrepreneurs will benefit from a tailored programme where they discuss the future of their industries with government and business leaders at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, which will take place on 6-7 April at the Dead Sea, Jordan.

Across the Middle East and North Africa, entrepreneurs are devising innovative ways to tackle the societal challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution through technology. Investors, business leaders and policy-makers need to encourage, recognise and support these entrepreneurs. The 100 Arab start-ups initiative is a great way to bring together these stakeholders to discuss the opportunities in the region and beyond. The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is proud to partner with the World Economic Forum on the search for the 100 Arab start-ups shaping the future.

Khalid Al Rumaihi
Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

The Arab world will need its private sector to address youth unemployment, the current skills gap for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the inclusion of women in the workforce. Start-ups, and the entrepreneurs building them, are key to a strategic public private dialogue on these issues and to creating corresponding new opportunities in society

Mirek Dusek
Deputy Head of the Centre for Geopolitical and Regional Affairs, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum


The start-ups were selected from almost 400 applicants. They represent 17 countries and a number of sectors, including education, energy, environment, finance, health and the media. Find out more about the Start-up Ecosystem in the Arab World.


360VUZ helps teleport people in time to top happenings around the world by using their Live 360º on-demand Teleporter video-streaming app. Jordan Virtual Reality

3ayez is Egypt’s most advanced online retail order service. Order all your needs and wants with just a tap and a swipe without the burden of calling. Browse from a variety of stores, filter by area, desired store and product. Explore all the stores that can deliver to you and see real photos of all the products. Egypt E-Commerce

Abjjad is a digital reading platform that gives you access to thousands of Arabic books for a monthly subscription and connects you with like-minded readers all over the world. Jordan Media and Entertainment

Ajeer is an on-demand platform that connects homeowners and maintenance service providers at competitive prices and high quality. Ajeer aspires to transform the experience of home maintenance and remove the pain of looking for qualified technicians in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. Ajeer is working to standardize and organize home maintenance services. Saudi Arabia Other

AKKASA Production is striving to be the leading company in the media production industry in Oman through utilizing its highly developed studio, latest technologies trends and 100% innovative Omani staff to achieve the highest return on investment for its clients. Oman Media and Entertainment

Altibbi is the Middle East's largest digital health platform. It provides connected health services and solutions.

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Amal Glass

Amal Glass is a hardware device that enables the blind and visually impaired to go about their daily business. The glass has more than 20 functions, from simple functions like telling time and weather to more sophisticated functions like colour detection and GPS locating, as well as cool functions like optical character reader (OCR) in Arabic and English. United Arab Emirates Other

ArabiaWeather is a private weather company providing services to consumers and businesses in the Arab world. Jordan Media and Entertainment

Arabot is a conversation/dialogue management as a hybrid, rule-based system fused with deep machine learning to reach needed levels of natural language understanding (NLU). Jordan Media and Entertainment

Aumet allows medical manufacturers and distributors to increase their sales by sharing hospital enquiries and search for products or clients. Jordan Health

AvidBeam is an AI start-up that provides artificial intelligence (AI)for datastreams. We extract intelligent information from  streams for better life experience. AvidBeam’s platform solves public safety problems, provides business analytics for retailers and improves the safety of autonomous vehicles. It has solutions for smart cities safety, security and business intelligence. Egypt Other
Beehive P2P

Beehive P2P Limited is the UAE's first regulated peer-to-peer lending platform that connects creditworthy SMEs looking for investment with smart investors. United Arab Emirates Financial Services

Bekia Egypt is an online platform working in recycling, where people can exchange their home-separated waste (such as plastics, books, cooking oil, e-waste, etc.) with goods. Egypt Sustainability

BioFire collects and transforms agro-forestry waste into solid biofuels, such as wood briquettes, eco-friendly coal, and biochar, that are efficient cheap and healthy for cooking and heating needs. BioFire aims to give people access to more affordable energy solutions and save forests that continue to dwindle due to inefficient use of wood fuel. Tunisia Sustainability

BitOasis is the Middle East's first digital asset wallet that uses multi-signature technology to protect bitcoin digital assets. United Arab Emirates Financial Services

BulkWhiz is a bulk value e-commerce solution for consumers and small businesses, offered through a mobile app and website, with the goal of making grocery buying cheaper, faster and more convenient for households across the Middle East. United Arab Emirates E-Commerce

Careem is an app-based, chauffeur-driven, car service currently operating in the UAE, Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, Dammam, Dhahran, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi and Morocco. Careem is the leading technology platform for the greater Middle East and is the region’s only tech unicorn, operating in more than 120 cities across 15 countries with more than 3,500 colleagues and 1 million captains. Uber announced Careem’s acquisition on 25 March 2018 for $3.1 billion. United Arab Emirates Logistics/Transport

Chefaa is a mobile app to help chronic patients order/schedule, refill and locate their recurring medicine through a fully integrated system and AI structure. Egypt Health
Clean City of M3KOD

Clean City is an app that aims to clean up polluted areas of cities and keep them up to the expectations of residents and visitors. Morocco Sustainability

Coded is the first coding academy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the aim of training and educating participants in software development and programming to prepare them for a demanding job market. Kuwait Education

Cognitev is an AI company that is focused on marketing and advertising automation. It is the creator of the world's first "traffic-as-a-service" platform, with a mission to democratize marketing for the world. Egypt Data Analytics

Dabchy is a localized fashion marketplace which operates as a trusted third party between buyers and sellers. It operates like an online community for buyers and sellers who can leave reviews on the items in stock. Dabchy lets African and Arab women revamp their wardrobes, and earn money by selling their used clothing online and buy other clothes at discount prices through a friendly community. Tunisia E-Commerce

Daraty is an interactive toolkit designed to teach children (aged 7 to 12) the principles of electronics without the need for supervision. Syria Education

Derq is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off with a mission to eliminate road accidents for conventional and autonomous vehicles using patented AI and connected-vehicle technology. United Arab Emirates Health
Desert Control

This is a green- and agra-tech company with a patented innovation, Liquid NanoClay, to turn desert and dry land into fertile soil. The company’s vision and mission are: “Making Earth Green Again”; “Liquid NanoClay for the Earth’s Welfare”. United Arab Emirates Sustainability is the leading Saudi-born e-commerce player in the market today. As the market for fashion and tech products was saturated, DokkanAfkar focused its efforts on homegrown products and local entrepreneurs as these small local designers/entrepreneurs found it hard to sell their products on large websites. DokkanAfkar makes it easier for locally designed products to get showcased and be sold on the market. Saudi Arabia E-Commerce

Elves is a chat-based concierge service and consumers can do anything from booking flights to delivering groceries. Via chat through its apps or on Messenger, you can chat with an elf that will do or buy anything (legal) you want. The company says its machine-learning method is truly a human first – the bots serve the Elves (the real folks chatting with the users). Egypt Other

Eon Dental operates in dental lab services and is a mass manufacturer of custom-made dental appliances. Its flagship product is the eon Aligner, a clear alternative to a traditional metal brace to treat dental malocclusion or crooked teeth. Jordan Health

This start-up developed a wearable device, a bracelet, that detects an epilepsy seizure and sends an alert immediately to the care-givers, such as the family, friends and doctors. The data collected is improving medical treatments and, ultimately, Epilert aims to predict the seizure before it happens through machine learning and AI. Tunisia Health

Evocraft is a technological project that aims to enlarge youth knowledge of technology and their involvement in the creation of future scientific achievements. Inspired by the new emerging STEM education methodology, Evocraft provides easy-to-use concepts and products that help kids learn robotics and software programming at an early age and through learn-by-practice approaches that focus on trial and error.

Tunisia Education

eyewa is the largest eyewear e-commerce for the Middle East, offering colour and prescription contact lenses, sunglasses and eyeglasses. United Arab Emirates E-Commerce

Focused on 3D surveying and mapping through unmanned aerial systems (UAS), FalconViz was founded in 2015, coming out of King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST). FalconViz designs and produces drones for the construction industry. Its services are extremely useful for construction and real estate industries, topographical survey, corridor survey, urban planning, etc. Its clients include Saudi Aramco, AECOM, Hyder, Jeddah Municipality. Saudi Arabia Data Analytics

Fetchr is a tech company disrupting the traditional logistics sector through technology (GPS data). Fetchr is bringing the next generation of logistics to the Middle East and emerging markets. It is the first company in the Middle East to receive a Series A financing led by a top-tier Silicon Valley VC firm, New Enterprise Associates (NEA). United Arab Emirates Logistics/Transport

Floranow is the Middle East’s first floral online marketplace, offering cut flowers and plants from selected growers in Holland, Kenya and Thailand to flower shops, hotels and event organizers across the UAE, with plans to expand to the rest of the GCC and Jordan, and then globally. Jordan E-Commerce

Foodics is a cloud-based iPad (POS) retail and restaurant management system for transactions, inventory, employee, scheduling, logistics, delivery, loyalty programmes and e-commerce. Saudi Arabia E-Commerce

GetBaqala allows you to order your groceries online. A few taps on the phone and within two hours, or at your chosen time slot, the delivery boy will be knocking at your door. Bahrain E-Commerce
GoEjaza develops and markets a social platform focusing on travel planning and trip reviews by Arab travellers. Egypt Media and Entertainment

Grabingo is a digital platform that creates and/or digitizes loyalty cards and gathers all business owners in one app, offering simple business tools: a business app and a dashboard. The business app is an intelligent platform that gives visibility through its dashboard to managers about the ongoing business such as transactions, frequency, time, the amount spent, number of the ticket and customer identity data. Tunisia Media and Entertainment

HalalaH is a digital banking platform providing innovative payment solutions and seamless banking experience for users both individuals and businesses. HalalaH aims at providing meaningful banking services to unbanked and underbanked individuals and micro, small and medium-sized businesses in Saudi Arabia. HalalaH is one of the fastest growing Financial Technology companies in Saudi Arabia licensed by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and supporting the Saudi Vision 2030 in terms of digitalization and creating a cashless society. Saudi Arabia Financial Services

HalalaH is a digital banking platform providing innovative payment solutions and seamless banking experience for users both individuals and businesses. HalalaH aims at providing meaningful banking services to unbanked and underbanked individuals and micro, small and medium-sized businesses in Saudi Arabia. Egypt Media and Entertainment

HalalaH is one of the fastest growing Financial Technology companies in Saudi Arabia licensed by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and supporting the Saudi Vision 2030 in terms of digitalization and creating a cashless society. Lebanon Financial Services
Hello World Kids

Hello World Kids is a school curriculum developed to teach native programming for kids from the age of 8 as a mainstream class. Jordan Education

Hitchhiker is a peer-to-peer international shipping start-up. Shoppers can order their items and save money on shipping, while travellers get to earn money while travelling by carrying shoppers’ packages, which usually consist of clothes, make-up, mobile phones and other personal items. Egypt E-Commerce
Hydro Wind Energy

Hydro Wind Energy systems harness the immense and consistent power in offshore altitude wind combined with the power of subsea oceanic pressure to provide reliable, low-cost, clean electrical energy, energy storage and fresh water. United Arab Emirates Sustainability

HyperPay is the fastest growing payment gateway in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, providing a range of payment processing services that help businesses sell online and offline. Jordan Financial Services
ibTECHar Digital Solutions

ibTECHar Digital Solutions is a major player in Qatar shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It provides key solutions, from professional training, content development, providing tools, creating innovation hubs to operation. Qatar Education

Inagrab is a technology development company that’s on a mission to help businesses scale by monetizing word of mouth and providing market intelligence through a localized vertical called “Dalooni”. Bahrain Data Analytics
Iris Solutions

Iris Solutions is MENA's leading provider for sensory environment – therapeutic education-friendly spaces. Over the past five years, it has designed and implemented over 150 sensory rooms in schools, hospitals and centres in MENA and Europe. Palestine Health
Jamalon is the largest online bookstore in the Middle East, offering more than 10 million titles of Arabic and English books with worldwide delivery. Jordan E-commerce

JoVision aims to use global computational power, AI and pathology expertise to transform the delivery of personalized cancer care by involving all stakeholders, including the expertise in cancer diagnosis and management, global communities and patient groups. Jordan Health

Kharabeesh is a platform for digital creators; a modern media company curating and producing dynamic content "bil 3arabi". Jordan Media and Entertainment

Kirontech leverages the insurance sector’s extensive medical claims data, using state-of-the-art AI and machine learning to identify fraud, waste and abuse at source, to better monitor and manage healthcare providers and overall optimize health insurance back-office processes across the board. Lebanon Health

Lamsa, (which means “touch” in Arabic) is a state-of-the-art digital platform that delivers knowledge and literacy and allows child development in an interactive, perceptive and exciting manner to Arab-speaking children throughout their childhood journey. United Arab Emirates Education
Little Thinking Minds

Little Thinking Minds produces educational digital Arabic content for primary-age children to advance the quality of Arabic fluency, literacy and understanding of Arabic culture.


Lucidya is an Arabic-focused social media listening tool powered by AI. Lucidya empowers businesses to understand customers by revealing key consumers insights in real time. Saudi Arabia Media and Entertainment

MadfooatCom is a fintech company established in 2011 with an investment by Oasis500, aiming to disrupt cash payments in emerging markets. In 2014, MadfooatCom won the bid for the Central Bank of Jordan’s project to build and operate eFawateerCom, the national electronic bill presentment and payment service in Jordan. Today, it is connected to more than 92% of the banks and to 90 billers including all telecom, utilities, government and private sector billers. Jordan Financial Services

MAGNiTT is the largest online engagement platform for start-ups across the MENA region, connecting entrepreneurs directly with ecosystem stakeholders, including funders, mentors, support services and talent.  Iraq Data Analytics

Malaeb is a community app for football players that allows them to join matches and book fields. Bahrain Media and Entertainment

Mathaqi was started with a vision of becoming a one-stop shop for all food needs and it became an online platform where consumers could purchase quality, curated meals directly from home chefs. Mathaqi was launched in Riyadh in March 2017 and caters to about 40% of the city. Saudi Arabia E-Commerce
Mawdoo3 is the biggest website in the world providing digital content in Arabic. pursues a social mission, to fill the void of reliable digital Arabic content with high editorial standards, publishing credible, informative articles on various topics, from art, medicine, and sports to history and food recipes. The website aims to enrich Arabic content on the internet and provide high-quality articles and analysis services for Arabic keywords. Jordan Media and Entertainment

MaxAB is a B2B e-commerce marketplace that connects food and grocery retailers to suppliers in Egypt’s most underserved geographies. Egypt E-Commerce

Melltoo is a free secondhand e-commerce platform for UAE residents to buy and sell used electronics, fashion, home and kids' items. United Arab Emirates E-Commerce
MIZA Financial Services

MIZA is a fintech company focused on providing digital financial services to the underbanked and unbanked population, offering them optimum efficiency and a unique customer experience. The company deploys products that combine innovative digital payment technologies that are designed to address key problems related to enhancing customer interaction with the formal financial system Libya Financial Services

MonoJo is a leading biotech company that develops and sells naturally sourced and technologically advanced products for the health and wellbeing industry. MonoJo Biotech targets disease conditions which have a large global target market, an unmet patient need, and which can be delivered using non-clinical development and commercialization models. Its first products target skin and gastro-intestinal disease conditions based on extensive laboratory and human observational studies. Jordan Health

Moodfit is an online interior design platform that connects people who want to furnish their homes with professional interior designers, to offer them an affordable and hassle-free decoration and furnishing service. Lebanon Other

Mrsool is an on-demand service where users can request a courier to purchase (in cash) and deliver items for them from any store in the city. Mobile retail powered Mrsool’s swift rise and it now has 4 million registered users, 150,000 couriers and transactions worth 1 billion riyals ($270 million) were processed in 2018 alone. Saudi Arabia E-Commerce

Mumzworld is the Pioneer and leading e-commerce shopping destination for mothers in the MENA region. The #1 site for mother, baby and child services over 2.5 million mothers and is the largest vertical with over 250,000 authentic products of which 25,000 are exclusive. United Arab Emirates Other

Nabd is a personalized Arabic content platform, used by millions of Arabs across the world on a daily to stay up-to-date with their favourite news, videos and content. Kuwait Media and Entertainment

NAR is a software platform that enables engineers and inspectors to efficiently analyse and manage drone inspection data. NAR has been leveraged for 5,000+ hours of aerial inspections so far. Lebanon Data Analytics

Nestrom is an agra-tech company focused on delivering high-end, easy-to-deploy agricultural software products and solutions. Jordan Data Analytics
Noon Academy

Noon Academy is one of the fastest growing on-demand ed-tech start-ups in the Middle East, with over 1.5 million registered students. The company invests time and energy in changing how people learn and in making education fun and effective. The company is building the largest social learning platform that makes the study experience fun and interactive. Students can learn from their peers, compete with them, and initiate live on-demand tutoring together in their study groups. Saudi Arabia Education
One Clique

One Clique is an innovative solution created specifically for the SME community. A cloud based HR system, One Clique simplifies and streamlines HR automation for the small business owner whilst giving advanced features that are normally only available to larger corporations United Arab Emirates Other

OpenSooq is a leading Arabic language online classifieds platform, allowing trade of property, products and services among consumers. OpenSooq has racked up over 1 billion page views since inception and is present in 19 countries in the MENA region. Jordan E-commerce

POSRocket is a cloud point-of-sale platform that empowers SMEs to run smarter businesses, helping them manage their inventories, provide them with valuable reports and analytics and detailed reports about their customers. Jordan Other

Proximie is an augmented reality-enabled tele-surgery platform that builds a bridge between surgeons in developed countries and those operating under austere conditions. Proximie is designed by doctors for doctors and aims to revolutionize the delivery and education of healthcare by reducing the cost of that delivery while providing improved quality to the end patient, ensuring that every patient gets the best care, the first time, every time. Lebanon Health

Receet is a mobile app platform for providing digital receipts in any business transaction where a receipt is needed with Bluetooth and NFC technology. Using Receet app, consumers can easily find receipts to make a return, file taxes or fill in the expense report by searching for the receipt on their smartphone. They can also categorize receipts and will have the ability to upload their receipt data to personal accounting software and business expense tracking software and apps. Palestine Other

RiseUp is a platform that connects start-ups to seven relevant resources: know-how, talent, funding, marketplace, media, toolbox and inspiration. Egypt Other

RouteKick is a transport management and booking hub that aims to play a pioneering role in managing and controlling transport operations between two points (B2B, B2C, C2C) in the area. Yemen Logistics/Transport

Sarwa combines innovative technology and human advice to make expert-level investing available to everyone. With a low account minimum and a low advisory fee, Sarwa aims to make investing easy, secure and affordable by offering customers a simple and cost-effective way to invest their earnings for long-term financial growth. The platform's algorithms and human advisers help Sarwa's clients open an account in minutes via facial recognition, track their goals via an easy and intuitive dashboard, and rebalance their portfolios when the market causes their investments to drift from their target. United Arab Emirates Financial Services

Searchie is a talent-based platform that will cut down your time and cost to hire by 50%-80%. Searchie sources, validates, interviews, assesses candidates and gives the employer the Searchie top five matches. United Arab Emirates Education

Shamsina manufactures original and affordable solar-powered water heaters for energy-poor communities.

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Simplex offers industrial solutions to a wide variety of regional manufacturers spanning a number of industries (like CNC router and plasma machine). Egypt Other

Solfeh is a fintech platform that operates in the secured personal lending space, offering same-day emergency cash advances to salaried workforce. Jordan Financial Services

Souqalmal is the first and largest financial services aggregator in the MENA region. Souqalmal represents over 50 banks and 20 insurance companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Souqalmal has completely changed the landscape of the insurance industry allowing customers for the first time to compare and purchase their insurance policy online, and insurance policies have started working with Souqalmal for their product development. United Arab Emirates Financial Services
Spike Diabetes Solutions

Spike is a mobile assistant that helps diabetics better manage their diabetes. Spike monitors the patient's daily behaviour and jumps in with reminders and tips when needed about insulin, food, activity, etc. In addition, Spike stores the patient's data for further analysis and/or sharing with doctors and caregivers. Lebanon Health

Swvl is a premium mass-transit system that provide buses to every neighbourhood in Cairo. It allows people to share a ride in a van or bus during morning and evening commutes for a fixed flat fare with no surge pricing. Through an app, one can book a ride at an affordable rate. Swvl is a premium mass-transit system that provides buses to every neighbourhood in Cairo. Egypt Logistics/Transport
Synapse Analytics

Synapse Analytics is a data science and machine-learning company, helping its clients to leverage data, to build AI-based optimizations and insights. Working with clients such as Western Union, Cement Suez and Contrack (an Orascom company), the team has built and delivered projects ranging from AI-based predictions saving 15% from the working capital in one case, to building AI-based computer vision products to recognizing and classifying items from grocery receipt pictures taking from a phone, to detecting human emotions and fire hazards. Egypt Data Analytics

SynergyMed is a medical device company with a proven technology. The company is focused on the development of cancer treatment products based on an innovative non-invasive ablation technology. It may also be used for pain relief in palliative care treatments. In addition to the human market, the company developed strategic marketing plans for the veterinary market as a first go to market. The proven technology can locally ablate and destroy cancer tumours, precisely and effectively, without causing damage to the surrounding healthy tissues. Palestine Health

Synkers is a platform that instantaneously connects students seeking help in a specific subject to the right private tutors. Parents, high school and university students can find and book a qualified tutor in less than 30 seconds based on their preferences (price, rating, location, etc.). Lebanon Education
Tamarran is an online sports booking website which helps people find and book amazing sport facilities and activities. Bahrain Media and Entertainment

Tamatem is the leading mobile games publisher in the Arabic-speaking market. Tamatem takes successful games from around the world, localizes and makes them culturally relevant. Jordan Media and Entertainment

Founded in 2008, Tarjama is specialized in providing a wide array of translation services and language solutions to global clients with offices across the Middle East. Jordan Other

Tenderd is a heavy-equipment rental marketplace, serving the MENA construction industry. Its goal is to help contractors maintain a nimble balance sheet while increasing productivity. United Arab Emirates Logistics/Transport
The Experience Accelerator

The Experience Accelerator is a virtual learning platform which improves the world’s behavioural & soft skills. We use a combination of visualisation and practice along with personalised, AI augmented feedback to help our learners adopt skills faster and more effectively.

The Luxury Closet

The Luxury Closet is an online boutique to buy and sell authentic new and pre-owned luxury designer and fashion goods. United Arab Emirates E-commerce

Unifonic is the largest communications platform as a service (CPaaS) out of the Middle East that makes cloud communications more accessible, cost-efficient and simpler to implement with solutions that scale. Saudi Arabia Virtual Reality

ViaVii is an AI-powered travel recommendation platform for genuine local experiences, tailored to your profile. Jordan Media and Entertainment

Wahed Invest is the world's first automated halal investment platform. You can sign up through the app from over 100 countries and get started with just $100. Jordan Financial Services

Wasla is an incentivized mobile web browser that subsidizes users mobile internet costs by leveraging digital advertising. You can browse, earn points, redeem for free mobile internet. Egypt Media and Entertainment

Wattnow helpsw companies better manage their energy usage by offering a hardware and AI-powered solution that aims to optimize their energy efficiency and avoid any waste. Tunisia Sustainability

Webville is focused on digital content discovery and recently has started generating content using AI. The company has built a deep learning system that generates realistic videos that were never shot in real life. Thanks to Webville's technology, content providers can shrink their value chain and save lots of costs that are usually associated with the traditional processes of media production. Currently, the company is focused on content generation in the food vertical with others to come. Egypt Media and Entertainment

Wego Middle East is a platform for UAE residents to search and compare prices and availability for flights and hotels from both travel agents as well as airlines and hotels directly, together in one place. United Arab Emirates Media and Entertainment

Whyise is an impact analytics software solution that allows organizations to aggregate their data and analyse it for exponential impact as well as map their operations against international frameworks such as the UN SDG and comply with frameworks such as IFC ESG (environment, social and governance) standards and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) among others. Jordan Data Analytics

Wikaya is a digital health platform that helps improve the prevention of chronic diseases through using AI and internet of things (IoT) technologies. Palestine Health
YA Technologies

YA Technologies is set to changing the way daily services in transport, health, delivery, agri-food and logistics are provided in Algeria and Africa through innovative high-tech digital/mobile solutions and by bridging the Silicon Valley and Algerian ecosystems. The company offers the first ride hailing service with "YASSIR" mobile app. Algeria Logistics/Transport
Yallacompare is the leading finance comparison site in the Middle East, helping users to find and compare credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, car loans, insurance and bank accounts from a diverse range of local and international banks and financial institutions. United Arab Emirates Financial Services
ZenHR Solutions

ZenHR Solutions is a human resources solutions group that is committed to providing a variety of cloud-based products that aim to simplify and streamline Human Resources processes from "Acquire" to "Retire". Jordan Other

Selection Committee Members

Experts on the region’s start-up ecosystem worked with the Forum and the Bahrain EDB to screen and select the 100 start-ups.

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni
CEO and Managing Director
Saudi Technology Ventures (STV), Saudi Arabia

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of STV, which aims to work with founders to back and scale-up the region’s most exciting and disruptive technology companies.

Prior to founding STV, Tarabzouni held executive leadership roles at Google’s California headquarters and scaled-up its Android and Play business throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, where he directed the company’s strategy and investments.

Before working at Google, Tarabzouni co-founded several technology ventures in the US and managed different technology consulting, banking and design engagements at Blueprint, Morgan Stanley and Oracle.

Tarabzouni attended MIT and received BSc and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a focus on Economics.

Tarabzouni sits on a number of boards, and executive and investment committees.

He was named by the MIT Technology Review as a TR35 Pan-Arab Innovator, listed on the 30 under 30 lists of Arabian Business and Gulf Business, and was the first recipient of the MIT ASO Science and Technology Achievement award.

Ahmed El Alfi
Founder and Chairman
Sawari Ventures, Egypt

Ahmed El Alfi has been an early stage/growth investor for the past 30 years. He founded Hybrid Capital Partners in 1990, a private investment partnership that funded and helped develop several successful companies.

Since 2010 he has founded several firms – Sawari Ventures, Flat6Labs, Nafham and TATP. Sawari Ventures is a Cairo-based VC firm that helps transform MENA region economies through funding high-growth technology-based companies.

Flat6Labs, which has grown to become a leading regional start-up accelerator, has formed and funded more than 200 companies from its offices in Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Cairo, Jeddah, Manama and Tunisia. Nafham, the Arabic online video education platform covering the Algerian, Egyptian, Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian and Syrian public-school curricula, caters to more than one million students monthly and has provided over 100 million free lessons to date.

TATP, established in 2013, took over one-half of the American University in Cairo’s campus in Tahrir Square to form the GrEEK Campus; a 25,000-square meter office park where more than 140 start-ups work and collaborate. Fast Company named El Alfi one of the most creative people in the world.

Amir Farha
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Beco Capital, UAE

Amir Fahra has more than 12 years’ experience of active involvement with a range of early stage ventures as an entrepreneur, mentor and investor, starting his career at CLS Capital Partners, a Corporate VC firm based in London. He followed this with work at the first seed capital fund in the MENA region, the Arab Business Angel Network, before becoming an entrepreneur.

Fahra has co-founded several local businesses, including Webmatiks, a web development agency; Tandem Partners, a start-up and small business advisory firm; Toolman Maintenance, a property maintenance company; and Purple PR, a boutique public relations agency. He holds a BSc in Computer Information Systems and an MSc in Management from the University of Bath.

Areije Al Shakar
Senior Vice President, Bahrain Development Bank & Fund Manager
Al Waha Venture Capital Fund of Funds, Bahrain

Areije Al Shakar has 16 years’ experience in banking and entrepreneurship. In her current role at Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), she is Senior Vice-President of the Development Services Division and is the fund manager for the Al Waha Venture Capital Fund of Funds (Al Waha Fund) – a $l00 Million Venture Capital Fund of Funds.

Her role and involvement at the bank includes coaching, mentorship, start-up seed funding and entrepreneur development. She has been involved in the development of several support services for entrepreneurs, including helping to establish BDB’s Rowad Program, a holistic entrepreneur support platform, and SeedFuel-Rowad, a start-up funding programme, which is part of the Global Accelerator Network.

Al Shakar has worked at BNP Paribas, Citibank, lnvestcorp and Lehman Brothers in areas including treasury, investment management and advice. She holds a MSc in Public Policy and Management, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, and is a Certified Business Coach and Mentor after studying with the Chartered Management Institute, UK.

Hala Fadel
Founder and Managing Partner
Leap Ventures, Lebanon

Hala Fadel is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on global technologies companies with operations in MENA and Europe. She has 20 years of experience in finance and entrepreneurship, working as a portfolio manager for 12 years in European Equities at Comgest, a €20bn growth equity fund.

In 2000, Fadel founded Booleo, a telecommunication software business that was later acquired as an internal solution by a client. She also founded and chairs the MIT Enterprise Forum of the pan-Arab region, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship and organizes, among other things, the MIT Arab start-up competition and the Innovate for Refugee Initiative.

She recently co-founded the MIT ReACT hub, which delivers computer and data science certificates from MIT to displaced populations. She sits on the board of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

She graduated from HEC Paris with a Masters in Financial Economics and attended the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Khaled Talhouni
Managing Partner
Wamda Capital, UAE

Khaled Talhouni is Managing Partner at Wamda Capital, a Venture Capital fund investing in technology-enabled companies in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He started his career at Dubai International Capital where he supported the development of the MENA region’s first seed capital fund.

Since then Talhouni has pursued a number of venture capital and start-up roles including heading investments and strategy at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi. Talhouni has focused his career on identifying and investing in disruptive businesses that displace incumbent inefficiencies in traditional sectors of the economy. His areas of interest include ecommerce, Fintech, marketplaces, digital content and enterprise solutions.

Throughout his career Talhouni has focused on building lasting partnerships with the entrepreneurs delivering the region’s digital economy. He has invested in and managed more than 60 early stage transactions including Careem, Insider, Littlebits, Modanisa, Mumzworld, Step Group and The Luxury Closet.

Talhouni attended Duke University and graduated with a BA in Economics.

Mirek Dusek
Deputy Head of the Centre for Geopolitical and Regional Affairs, Member of the Executive Committee
World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Mirek Dusek oversees diplomatic initiatives, humanitarian affairs, regional strategies and government engagement with the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in his role as the Deputy Head of the Centre for Geopolitical and Regional Affairs at the Forum.

In his capacity as the Head of the Middle East and North Africa, he leads the Forum’s strategy and manages the organization’s overall engagement with top business, government and civil society leaders throughout the region. Dusek spearheads a number of publications including The Global Risk Report, The Arab World Competitiveness Report and The Future of Jobs and Skills in the Middle East.

He joined the Forum in 2007 as a Global Leadership Fellow. Prior to this, Dusek worked in public diplomacy at the US Embassy in Baghdad, where he was responsible for relations with Iraqi media and for a number of education and cultural projects. He was also the director of the American Centre at the US Embassy in Prague, where he was responsible for public information programmes from 2005 to 2007.