By Neil King
Egyptian company wins regional competition, and will head to Geneva for the final
A tech innovation which translates sign language into speech has won the regional heat of a global start-up competition.
Egyptian company Kintrans beat 14 other business in the MENA division of Seedstars World – a global contest for start-ups emerging markets – and will now go on to the grand final in Geneva where it will compete against 30 other regional winners.
Kintrans is a state-of-the-art system which allows the hearing impaired to communicate with others by translating sign language into voice and text in real time.
Founder and CEO Mohamed Elwazer will attend the final in Switzerland in February 2015, where he has the chance to win up to $500,000 in equity investment.
Seedstars is aiming to build a global start-up ecosystem through its competition which will tour the world, calling at Amman, Shanghai, Tokyo, Jakarta, Accra, Casablanca, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and othercities.
The Dubai event was held at entrepreneurial workspace The Cribb, hosted by local partner i360accelerator. Crowd Analyzer and IT Flakes came runners up in the competition.