Ooredoo Drives Innovation in Qatar’s Startup Ecosystem, Focuses on HealthTech and EdTech Verticals
Ooredoo has announced the welcoming of two exciting new start-ups for incubation by its Digital and Beyond programme, following the successful Wave 16 Selection Day of the Lean Start-up Programme, devised jointly by Qatar Business Incubation Centre (QBIC) and Digital and Beyond.
During the event, marking the culmination of a new wave of graduates from the transformational Lean Start-up Programme, 65 accepted applications competed for incubation, by showcasing their offerings and demonstrating the benefits that their businesses would provide.
A panel of specialised judges assessed the up-and-coming entrepreneurs’ ideas, and eventually decided on the 2 winning start-ups, with AutismoLab and eArabic being selected for incubation within the Ooredoo Digital & Beyond programme.
AutismoLab provides an XR platform (VR/AR) used by therapists who perform treatment and intervention services for individuals with Autism, while at the same time providing comprehensive data and reports to aid R&D.
eArabic is a marketplace that enables teachers to create interesting online Arabic language modules for young students.
The start-ups will receive special support over the coming months, going on to the next phase of development and benefiting from a faster time from inception to market with the support of industry leaders supported by a culture of continuous innovation.
Sabah Rabiah Al-Kuwari, Director PR at Ooredoo, said: “At Ooredoo, we are committed to our supporting role in Qatar’s economic diversification through building and supporting a robust tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem. We were extremely impressed by the quality, energy and inventiveness of the cohort of entrepreneurs that made it through the Selection Day, and are privileged to support these future business leaders in their quest to change the world – in line with our own vision to upgrade the worlds of our customers and beyond.”
The Digital & Beyond programme enables the winning start-ups to focus on further developing their products and services as incubated companies with access to funding, coaching and workspaces to grow their businesses, accelerating their growth and thus enhancing their investment readiness.