Diabetes app startup Spike wins $100,000 GITEX jackpot

Lebanese startup Spike has been crowned the winner of the 2018 GITEX Future Stars' Supernova Challenge
Diabetes app startup Spike wins $100,000 GITEX jackpot
Spike monitors the patient's daily behaviour and jumps in with reminders and tips when needed about insulin, food and other condition-related activities.
By Sam Bridge
Thu 18 Oct 2018 02:15 PM

Lebanese startup Spike has been crowned the winner of the 2018 GITEX Future Stars’ Supernova Challenge – taking home the competition’s $100,000 top prize.

The final day of GITEX Future Stars saw 24 startups from around the world battle it out with Spike - a mobile assistant that helps diabetics better manage their illness - declared the winner.

Spike monitors the patient's daily behaviour and jumps in with reminders and tips when needed about insulin, food and other condition-related activities. It also stores the patient's data for further analysis and haring with doctors and caregivers.

Spike’s founder, Ziad Alame, said: “I was very stressed before my pitch as the competition was tough, but I am so happy I made it as the winner. With the prize money we will invest heavily in advertising, growing the business, making it more solid. We’ll also look at partnerships. Our plan is to go global.”

AURA LAB from the UAE won the title of Best GCC & MENA Startup and is a machine-learning perfume retail technology that supports retailers in helping consumers find a signature fragrance.

Other winners included Khayati, a software that assists tailors in improving their communications and marketing with customers, as Best Emirati Startup.
   
Best Social Impact Startup was won by Saudi-based Labayh, a mobile app that makes counselling easier by connecting individuals with psychologist by in-app messaging and in-app calling, while users remain anonymous while Best Youth Startup was won by UAE-based Oliv, an intern recruitment portal that helps university students and recent graduates in the UAE find internships, part-time jobs and graduate jobs.

The GITEX Future Stars Supernova Challenge received over 200 entries from 40 different countries.

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