After the successful conclusion of TIP’s first round on the 19th of September, Touch opened its doors for new startups to join TIP’s Second Cycle. 10 semi-finalists were chosen to pitch in front of an esteemed panel of judges consisting of Lara Fadlallah from MIC Ventures; Maya Rahal from MITEF Pan Arab Region; Omar Christidis from ArabNet; and Nadim Khater from Touch.
The meetup took place on the 19th of October at Touch Lab, Beirut Souks. The agenda included the 10 startup pitches along with a 20-minute open discussion with Anghami’s co-founder Elie Habib.
The open discussion included insightful pieces of advice for the TIP startups. Elie habib mentions the key pillars for a successful startup which are: know what people need in terms of product or service, have a good business model that clarifies where the revenues will come from, and avoid the addition of excessive features that require further testing.
In addition to the above, Elie reminded entrepreneurs to remain passionate about their product regardless of the failures they might face.
Meet the 6 Selected Startup Finalists
Hello Harold is a chatbot imbedded in Facebook messenger aimed at assisting users to find cars on many classified marketplaces. With its natural language understanding, Harold provides users with the fair price of a used car, the ideal place for transactions, and the right timing to sell or buy.
TaQadam offers on-demand annotation with agents-in-the-loop. Equipped with the mobile application, agents have a simple and secure way to work on the dataset. They use gamification strategies to ensure high quality annotations.
Crowd Powered, the Flat6Labs Beirut 2nd Cycle alumni, is an online one-stop-shop platform that provides access to solar power. They generate an optimized design, plan for the installation of the solar power unit, and show their customers how much they can save by switching to solar. Their target market is focused on B2B and B2C sectors.
Fallound is an app that connects to car navigation systems (like Google Maps) and finds for the user a perfectly timed audio podcast based on his/her time commute and interests.
Lexyom is the 1st online legal platform that connects lawyers with anyone seeking legal needs. Through automation, users can find answers for legal questions, draft legal documents, and connect with lawyers at affordable prices.
The Makers Hub
The Makers Hub is a makerspace for youth where members can join to learn and develop their projects using technology. Their mission is to instill creativity in the young generations by providing the tools, support, and guidance for them to build their ideas using technology.