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Who Will Be Our Next Hero? Applications Are Open Now for TAQADAM Accelerator
“…heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it…” - George R.R. Martin Entrepreneurs are visionaries, dreamers...
TAQADAM Accelerator awards $1.1 million in funding to 11 startups at its startup showcase
KAUST and partner Saudi British Bank (SABB) today previewed 23 startups—eight from Saudi Arabia and 15 international—and 58 founders during its annual TAQADAM Startup Accelerator Showcase. Startups were selected from...
Meet the startups at this year’s TAQADAM Accelerator Showcase
Posted on March 8, 2022 by KAUST Innovation Entrepreneurship is thriving in Saudi Arabia — and events like the TAQADAM Accelerator Showcase shine a bright light on this fast-evolving landscape. On March...
Gaining an uncluttered view of the Saudi startup landscape at TAQADAM’s virtual showcase
By some estimates, 305 million new startups launch each year. That’s nearly nine startups for every Saudi. Even the tech and innovation space is massively saturated, with 1.35 million launching annually. To...
With support from TAQADAM, a female founder grows her passion for fashion
Posted on October 6, 2021 by KAUST Innovation Shahad Geoffrey has been on a unique entrepreneurial journey since she was a child. “My father is a tech entrepreneur, so I’ve always been...
TAQADAM Tales: Fintech Startup Boonus Is Aiming To Dominate The Loyalty Program Market In Saudi Arabia
Launched in July 2020, Boonus is a fintech company that specializes in providing loyalty and rewards programs by enabling retailers and merchants to curate their own loyalty solutions. By Aalia Mehreen...
TAQADAM Tales: Saudi Arabia-Based Vetwork Is On A Mission To Make Pets Healthier (And The Lives Of Their Owners Easier)
Built as a platform that provides in-home as well as online services for people with pets, Vetwork was launched in early 2019, and is now looking to further its services...
TAQADAM Tales: Saudi Arabia-Based Miqyas Has Its Sights Set On Providing Online Sizing Options For Fashion E-Commerce Retailers
Built as a software as a service (SaaS) platform, Miqyas helps online fashion retailers precisely measure clothing sizes for customers.  By Aalia Mehreen Ahmed September 23, 2021Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Since its...
TAQADAM Tales: How UnitX Plans To Capture The Computer Vision Market For Safety And Surveillance
TAQADAM was particularly helpful in kickstarting UnitX, especially when it comes to the emotional support to the founding team. By Aalia Mehreen Ahmed September 20, 2021 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own....
TAQADAM Tales: Rehla Car Aims To Solve Saudi Arabia’s Intercity Travelling Woes
By providing ride-sharing, ride-hailing, parcel delivery, booking in advance, and tourism trips all in one platform, the startup is aiming to become the next super app of the region.By Aalia Mehreen...
TAQADAM Tales: Biotech Startup Wayakit Is Creating Organic, Non-Toxic Products That Will Help Make Travel Safer
The female scientists and founders duo behind Wayakit explain how the COVID-19 crisis led to a business pivot, which ultimately opened doors to new sectors such as the aviation industry.By Aalia...
When everything stopped, these TAQADAM startups kept moving forward
Posted on August 5, 2021 by KAUST Innovation Even a global pandemic couldn’t keep these diverse ventures from growing, accelerating and excelling. While much of the world slowed down during the pandemic,...
Saudi Drone Startup Firnas Aero To Cut Down Time And Resources Required To Inspect Airport Runways
KSA entrepreneur Tariq Nasraldeen, founder and Chief Executive Aviator of Firnas Aero, to elevate the drone industry by exploring an untapped avenue- the use of drones on airport runways. By Pamella...
Creativity Crystallizes: TAQADAM, Powered By KAUST And SABB, Invites Applications For Its Fall 2021 Cohort
For those who apply by April 18. 2021, the TAQADAM bootcamp will start in August 2021, followed by the actual accelerator program running through March 2022.By Tamara Pupic April 14, 2021Opinions expressed...
Firnas Aero Continues to Accelerate its Growth — and Success
TAQADAM Startup Accelerator graduate Firnas Aero is an innovative DaaS startup (drone-as-a-service) designed to spot delay-causing debris on airport runways. Today, they’re a thriving business based out of KAUST’s Research Technology Park...