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