Speed@bdd Grad­u­ates 6 Star­tups, Next Stop: Sil­i­con Val­ley

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The first batch of 6 star­tups has grad­u­ated from Speed@bdd. “We had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with some of the best en­trepreneurs and we are thrilled to ex­pe­ri­ence Le­banon’s trans­for­ma­tion into a re­gional hub for global in­no­va­tion,” said Sami Abou Saab, CEO of Speed@ BDD. The grad­u­ates in­cluded: Blitz, a plat­form for gamin chal­lenges; Car­polo, a re­ward-based car­pool­ing app; Modeo, a mod­u­lar fur­ni­ture de­sign app with aug­mented re­al­ity and a Do-it-your­self build­ing kit; Next Au­to­mated Ro­bots (NAR), a de­sign and de­vel­op­ment com­pany for in­te­grat­ing drones in var­i­ous in­dus­tries for dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions; Rafiqi, a so­cial plat­form where users can sug­gest or par­tic­i­pate in events and ac­tiv­i­ties that in­ter­est them; and Ra­tion­alpix­els, a patent­pend­ing soft­ware tech­nol­ogy that al­lows the au­to­matic place­ment of prod­ucts in ex­ist­ing video con­tent. NAR and Ra­tion­alpix­els were se­lected for the 2-week pro­gram Leb­net Ig­nite ac­cel­er­a­tion and men­tor­ship pro­gram in Sil­i­con Val­ley, pow­ered by the Black­box Con­nect ac­cel­er­a­tor. The suc­cess of the ac­cel­er­a­tor’s first cy­cle has set the bar high for the next round, but Abou Saab said they are up to the chal­lenge. “Le­banon needs more ac­cel­er­a­tors to cater to the world-class star­tups that it is pro­duc­ing,” he added. The ac­cel­er­a­tor’s se­cond round will start in April 2016.

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