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Blink My Car is an on-de­mand car care plat­form that con­nects car own­ers with car care shops who have a mo­bile unit, in­clud­ing washes, de­tail­ers, me­chan­ics and in­surances. The founders, Rami Hal­lal and Ralph Choueiri, con­ceived the idea while in line at the gas sta­tion to wash their cars. To­day, Blink My Car is the only car-care plat­form in Le­banon that al­lows users to get a car washed or main­tained while it’s parked idly at other lo­ca­tions. It’s also an en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive. Blink My Car’s part­ner spe­cial­ists use wa­ter­less prod­ucts and as lit­tle as one glass of wa­ter per car wash.

To use the ser­vices, users can down­load the app, pick a service, share their lo­ca­tion, and select a time. Spe­cial­ists will then lo­cate the care and take care of the rest. The user gets no­ti­fied and pays once the service is com­pleted. In ad­di­tion, in Fe­bru­ary 2017, dur­ing Arab­net Beirut, Blink My Car launched Blink the Bot, giv­ing po­ten­tial cos­tumers eas­ier ac­cess to car ser­vices through Face­book Mes­sen­ger, without down­load­ing the app.

The Start-up has raised $350k so far from Al Amir Le­banese Hold­ing, a fam­ily busi­ness in Le­banon. The app, which cur­rently only op­er­ates within the Greater Beirut area has al­ready reached 5,000 users and is grow­ing. To ex­tend their reach of users, Blink My Car is also run­ning a re­fer­ral pro­gram, where users can share Blink My Car di­rectly from the app to peo­ple who don’t have the app yet, giv­ing both peo­ple in­volved free ser­vices up to $12. Blink My Car is now work­ing to close the sec­ond round of fund­ing in or­der to ex­pand into the GCC, with 2 cur­rently short­listed cities. Blink My Car’s re­gional com­peti­tors are Ghaseel (Kuwait), Morni (KSA) and Green­steam (Dubai). Blink My Car com­peted at Arab­net Beirut 2016’s startup com­pe­ti­tion, and was se­lected as a fi­nal­ist to at­tend the Startup Cham­pi­onship at the Arab­net Sum­mit 2017 in Dubai.

Coun­try: Le­banon Launched: 2015 Cat­e­gory: Car Care Plat­form

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