The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab Region announced the semifinalists for MITEF Arab Startup Competition. This year’s edition witnessed an impressive participation, that reached more than 5,300 applications, and the submitted projects came from different sectors, such as internet services, software, education, healthcare and creative industries.
Thousands of applications were seen, and 84 teams from 14 Arab countries have qualified to the finals of the 11th edition of the competition. 2 of those teams hailed from Bahrain!
As with last year’s edition, this year’s competition will also include three different tracks; the ideas track, startups track, and social entrepreneurship track. We’re happy to announce that the Bahraini startups Glare, is a semifinalist at the ideas track, whilst DualNetworks SA is a semifinalist at the startup track.
Bahraini based startup Glare was one of the 26 semifinalists in this track. Glare allows users to rehearse, manage breathing, analyze speech content and enhance public speaking skills. How does it do that? It consists of a windows desktop app and a VR app, the desktop app allows the user to analyze their speech content, whereas the VR app allows the user to experience a realistic simulation of a live audience. Malik Jehangir, CEO and Founder of Glare and his Co-Founders Muhammad Hamza Zubair and Ali Mohammed are on a mission to help you overcome stage fright and say goodbye to anxiety in your public speaking.
The second startup was part of the startup’s track, and this track is catered to legally registered companies. Applicants were supposed to have a working prototype, some user traction, and some sales. 34 startups were shortlisted and DualNetworks SA was one of them.
DualNetworks SA provides precise, affordable and power-efficient identification and positioning solutions to track mobility patterns of vehicles, assets, skips, containers, machines, equipment, tools, objects and people. This startup was co-founded by Guillaume Beauverd who built a unique wireless network in Switzerland, and now in Bahrain.
These 2 Bahraini startups along with 80+ teams will participate in pre-boot camps in February and March in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. The MITEF Arab startup competition, in partnership with Community Jameel, will be held in Oman on April 19.
We wish our Bahraini startups the best of luck! Don’t forget to visit MITEF Arab Startup Competition website, and make sure you follow StartUp Bahrain for the latest updates on the community’s innovative startups.