Seedstars Sheds Spotlight on Jordan and Bahrain Startups
In its worldwide search for startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market, Seedstars World made its return to Amman on August 7th at Oasis500, and Manama on September 24th to host a startup competition at CH9 Hub. 12 startups from Jordan and 15 from Bahrain competed to represent their respective countries and regions at the Global Summit in Switzerland. Seedstars World has expanded its competition to more than 60 countries in 2016, up from the 36 countries in the 2014 edition. The winners are invited to Switzerland to pitch at the final event in April 2017 for a prized $500,000 equity investment. In Jordan, Mind Rockets was selected as the best startup for its new approach to translation, technology, and social impact. It develops assistive technologies for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing worldwide and that is through the translation of speech/text to sign language through animated avatars. The Audiogram, an app that enables mobile phone users to listen to audio content related to their interests instead of listening to the phone ringing, came in second place. The 3rd place runner-up, Arabot, is a conversational Artificial Intelligence platform for Arabic language, delivering the first smart Arabic chatbot for businesses.