In pictures: Shortlist revealed for Sheraa's Access Sharjah programme
Since its launch, Sheraa has received over 250+ applications from around the globe. Participating entrepreneurs are given access to Sheraa's team of experts and network of global mentors, business set up support, rent-free coworking spaces and free licensing, a pool of skilled human capital and media coverage.
Access Sharjah is a global platform by the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa), that connects digital start-ups to relevant public and private entities in Sharjah, and across the United Arab Emirates. It acts as a platform, connecting tech-enabled start-ups to the local market. Image: ITP Media Group
Narrativa uses Artificial Intelligence technology to mine big data and generate news stories in English, Arabic and Spanish for its clients’ audience at machine scale. Its AI technology can automatically generate millions of news stories in one day.
Kitab Sawti is the world’s largest Arabic audiobooks library, providing audiobooks and podcasts through their user-friendly mobile app.
BoBu is a unified and simplified software solution for book publishers to create mobile apps and games for children. It also allows children’s book publishers to create and/or convert books into interactive e-books through an easy-to-use drag and drop system.
Arabic Digital Reform Institute (ADRI):
ADRI is an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning system that searches the internet for open access research in English, acquires them, and automatically translates them into Arabic. Using AI logic, the system also corrects literal and formatting issues.
An e-learning and professional development network serving the Middle East and Africa, that offers video courses and motivational/informative talks in both Arabic and English.
Kotobna is the first self-publishing platform in Egypt and the Arab world, through which you can publish, promote, sell to and access the reader directly without the need for a medium (such as a publishing house).
Wajeez is an app that enables you to read key takeaways from over 3000 non- fiction books in Arabic, in 15 minutes or less.
We Love Reading:
We Love Reading is an international organization that aims to foster a love for reading in children. They train women, men, and youth to regularly read aloud to children from their neighbourhood, empowering them with the mindset of ”I can.”
Abjjad is the first Arabic social network for readers, authors, and bloggers in the Middle East. The website enables readers to create their own virtual library, rate books, write their book reviews, add quotes to authors’ or books’ pages and enrich authors' pages with related information.
Little Thinking Minds:
Little Thinking Minds is a leading education technology company that creates advanced Arabic language digital solutions and platforms aimed at improving learning outcomes for school-aged children in the MENA region and beyond.
AR Engineering provides a mobile platform for engineering students to view and interact with 3D models using Augmented Reality. The application has a library of various 3D engineering systems displayed for the students using AR.
Quizzito helps schools and families gamify the reading process in order to encourage children’s reading rate. The platform offers games and quizzes related to the books being read, and students earn points that they can then redeem for tangible rewards.
Englease tries to positively impact the lives of 1 million people by providing them with the most affordable and relevant English learning tools. The platform offers live, online, unlimited, and certified (CPD) English classes delivered 16 hours per day, 6 days per week, by bilingual teachers (Arabic and English).
Arabee is a fun, interactive, comprehensive and progressive multi-format Arabic language program designed to teach Arabic to children.