Entrepreneurs of the Week: Amer and Mohamed Yaghi, Chillax

Teenagers have proven that success can come at any age
By Tamara Pupic
Sun 06 Dec 2015 10:01 AM

This week's Entrepreneurs of the Week, Amer and Mohamed Yaghi, the creators of three mobile apps, have proven that success can come at any age.

Amer,16, and Mohamed, 15, Yaghi created their first mobile app Chillax, a social network for teenagers which focuses on privacy and imitation of real life socialising, before the age of 14.

While working on Chilax they came up with a personal emergency application, AidMaid, which allows a user to call police, send an SMS to predefined friends, post on previously selected social networks or activate a siren and flasher with the press of a button (PANIC).

Within the first two days of releasing AidMaid, it got downloaded by 3,000 users from 68 different countries.

Since the app is free to use and also ads free, the brothers say a revenue stream was necessary. Therefore, their third app, AidMaid Service, an online recruiting platform for skilled workers, was created.

It will serve as a platform for parties to engage in business in return for a service fee.

In addition to being shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at this year’s Arabian Business StartUp Awards, the Yaghi brothers have received support and funding from a number of prominent figures from the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

When asked about their next steps, the Yaghi brothers say that they are working hard to achieve good grades to get them into Harvard, but would never choose to drop out of school like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

If you wish to meet with them, you can attend their lecture at the RiseUp Summit 2015 in Cairo, one of the largest start-up events in the MENA region, next week.

Do you know an entrepreneur who deserves to be our Entrepreneur of the Week? Please send your nominations to neil.king@itp.com and tamara.pupic@itp.com

For information, tips and advice on setting up a new business or insights from those who have taken the leap into the world of entrepreneurship, click on the Arabian Business StartUp section.

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