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Sixteen High-Potential Palestinian Tech Startups that took part in the first cohort of the IGNITE Investment Readiness Program have pitched and presented to an audience of 100+ ecosystem players, including over 40 regional and international investors at the Virtual Startup Showcase on the 25th of October 2021.

What is IGNITE?

The IGNITE Investment Readiness program is a 10-week coach-led program to support ambitious Palestinian Startups and SMEs to prepare and raise equity investment. It is a part of the Ministry of National Economy’s Innovative Private Sector Development (IPSD) project, which is funded by the World Bank, and implemented by DAI. IGNITE is delivered in partnership with Rainmaking, uMake & Gaza Sky Geeks.

 

First Cohort Participating Startups Showcase Event

A virtual-physical showcase was pulled off where the founders pitched from separate venues in Gaza and Ramallah to an audience that tuned in from over 10 countries. The event was opened by Suha Awadalalh, the Director General of the Ministry of National Economy of Palestine & Jeremy Bauman from The World Bank, while the startups presented the hard work they put into the 10-week program & final pitches.

Afkar App | Araboost | Lvnder | Hakini | Fanera | ISO MAN | Flowless Smart | GIL | SMSM Tech | Coachwhizz | Logestech | Iris Solutions | Shadana Yoga | Edubook | Amalwork | Deelzat

Those ambitious Palestinian startups are active across a wide range of sectors such as EdTech, AdTech, eCommerce, HealthTech, Smart Cities, and much more, who are looking to raise equity investment and take their startup to the next level. All founders are in the process of registering their business elsewhere besides Palestine (USA, UAE, Kuwait, Canada, UK). They have pitched and presented their businesses to raise funding from $100k up to $1M.


Meet Them!

Afkar App is a brain training app that helps parents improve their kids’ innovative thinking skills through mobile games and tracking their progress.

Araboost is an online platform for the MENA region that connects brands, companies, and startups with local social media influencers to create, manage and evaluate influencer marketing campaigns efficiently.

Lvendr is an Arabic Language Website Builder, where non-technical users can create a fully functional Arabic-Language website instantly.

Hakini is an online platform that increases access to therapy & mental health support in Arabic.

Fanera is the first social network for football that unites fans, clubs and sponsors connecting them with a community that shares the same passion.

ISO Man Is A Quality Management Software that enables organizations to automate and digitize their Quality Management.

Flowless Smart is helping utility companies & agribusinesses to increase water efficiency, utilizing IoT & AI for optimized operations and enhanced feasibility.

GIL developed a fully integrated language learning platform to help Arabic language learners master a language through VR scenarios, voice & text recognition technology.

SMSM Technologies is a Smart City App to control, monitor, manage city operations in an efficient and effective way using IoT and AI.

CoachWhizz is an online platform for professional coaching that includes coaching, training, coaching tools, coaching exercise, AI coach, and a community.

LogesTechs is a platform that is designed to facilitate accurate management of all operations of the logistics companies, in addition, to enable the retailers and brands to be connected easily with different couriers.

IRIS is a recognized expert and provider of a holistic package of solutions in both the sensory and interactive technology worlds, taking its big step into the future to bring these products to every household, classroom, and business.

Shadana Yoga aims to improve mental and physical well-being and works on the reduction of common pains through yoga exercises, meditation, breathing, and lifestyle.

Edubook is a game-changer in Student Administration & Learning Management; that touches all educational process elements implemented in a unified modular platform, offering a complete Student Information System, School ERP & Learning Management System, that can be accessed anywhere, anytime by a cloud-based.

Amal عمل is a B2b, SaaS specialized in contractors’ workforce management, starting by gathering real-time data (positioning, location and time) from the workforce while working, then analyzing this data to track projects’ financial health, optimize labor productivity and improve collaboration.

Deelzat handles all needed [End-to-End Cycle] operations, logistics inventory management & more so the seller can only focus on their main e-commerce business.

Waiting for IGNITE Second Cohort!

We at uMake are happy to be part of this program, starting the first cohort with such amazing ideas and ambitions. We Congratulate each one of them on their great achievements, and wish them the best of luck on their journey ahead! And looking forward to the second cohort announcing its application opening soon.