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500 STARTUPS AND MISK INNOVATION ANNOUNCE SECOND COHORT OF THE MENA ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

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500 Startups, in collaboration with Misk Innovation have announced today the 20 companies participating in the second cohort of the Misk 500 Accelerator program currently underway in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The program, which kicked off in September is scheduled to conclude with a Demo Day on 3rd December 2019.

Managed by the 500 Startups global team of experts, the 14-week high intense growth techniques curriculum is structured to help pre-seed and seed stage startups create successful companies and scale. For the next two months, 20 high-potential and innovative entrepreneurs are being coached and mentored as they focus on product design, defining their customer base, and preparing to raise funding.

Each of the participating companies will receive training and an investment of US$50,000 in exchange for 7% equity from the 500 Startups regional fund, 500 Falcons. With the inclusion of this batch, the total number of investments will be 120 companies in the MENA region.

“At Misk Innovation, we believe that innovation is vital for the future of humanity, creating a path to economic prosperity. With this vision in mind, our work focuses on transforming Saudi Arabia into a global hub for purpose-driven technology and innovation, both by supporting the next generation of Saudi innovators, as well as attracting global talent to the region,” said Osama AlRaee, Director of Entrepreneurship at Misk Innovation

“As the region’s largest economy, the kingdom is a strategic market for us and for the MENA region. It’s strong government support, its inherent market dynamics and its young population structure is a testament to the robust buildup of its rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Sharif El-Badawi, Managing Partner of 500 Startups MENA.
 
The 20 startup companies currently participating in the Accelerator program include:

XCUTE is a MENA freelancing platform, which focuses on high-quality freelancers in areas like design, IT, and translation. 

OTO is a newly established tech startup that’s building innovative solutions in the logis-tech industry to allow retailers to convert their offline stores to online fulfillment centers and change the way orders are being fulfilled and delivered around the city.

Hulexo is a Saas company that automates the entire operations of a meal planning company. 

Funnelll is a no-code/low-code platform for companies to build and run SaaS products and online businesses that are tuned to acquire, engage and convert customers.

Simplifai Labs is a marketing platform driven by artificial intelligence to target micro moments that matter by combining image, sentiment and emotional recognition that allows brands to reduce their digital marketing wastage by 30% and increase brand safety and communication relevancy by 99%.

Tee Arabia is an online customisable items store that helps individuals and companies bring their ideas to life. From branding to corporate uniforms to simple birthday t-shirts, we have it all! 

YallaParking allows individuals, businesses and fleet managers to rent available private parking spaces through a monthly subscription.

Akalati is a food app marketplace for parties, events and gatherings. We enable corporates and individuals to cater for all kinds of events.

IN YOUR SHOE is a unique footwear producer & ecommerce platform focusing on creating diverse statement products to allow people to express themselves through fashion. 

WorkHint A web platform that connects companies with independent management consultants on demand. 

Spareslab is a digital procurement platform for industrial equipment and component parts focused on the shipping industry.  

Trteeb is a marketplace with the biggest pool of tailors, making the thobe buying experience easier, faster, trackable & transparent.

Greenish Co. is an E-store that offers a vast array of healthy and organic choices, shipped quickly, inexpensively and directly to the customer’s door.

ESARإيسار is a Jeddah based startup providing MENA’s region first peer to peer car rental marketplace.

The Scalable CFO is an online platform that aims to leverage AI and Blockchain to match independent accredited Finance professionals to Small and Medium Enterprises, one-to-one in less than 48 hours.

El-MAWKAA is an intelligent marketplace for construction industry materials to connect construction companies with suppliers. 

TechieMatter is a technical recruitment web solution, that delivers tech talents to employers quickly without hassle, thanks to our proprietary vetting system.

Ordera is a mobile application that people can use to place and pay for their coffee and breakfast and pick them up on the go in less than a minute, whether from the counter or to be delivered to their cars.

Telp (Teach + help), is an app that offers academic support through tutoring and academic program bookings, making it easier and more reliable to find qualified tutors at affordable prices. Telp is also tutors’ favorite tool to grow their business while focusing less on admin and marketing and more on teaching.

StyleNow is an on demand beauty service providing beauty solutions to our users at the comfort of their own location.

Be sure to tune into Demo Day on December 3rd in Riyadh to watch these companies debut on the main stage. More details to come soon

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