Seed­stars Sheds Spot­light on Jor­dan and Bahrain Star­tups

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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.

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