Founded by Helm Egypt, an NGO that aims to promote full inclusion of disabled individuals, Entaleq is the interactive website and mobile app designed to allow people with disabilities to identify the places that are fitted to their needs. With the goal of driving economic and social progress, the Entaleq platform locates over 800 accessible places across Egypt, facilitating the movement of those with disabilities in Cairo. Through the interactive and easy-to-use mobile application and website, disabled individuals can view and search for places with disabled access. Every place has a profile that includes an access guide with five categories: accessibility, bathroom, parking, braille menu, and sign language, and every category is ranked by its level of accessibility. Users can also find a detailed description of the accessibility features under each category, rank places, add comments/reviews, and recommend venues to become accessible. Venues themselves can also add their businesses to the website.
Since launching, the startup has also succeeded in making hundreds of places more accessible, with the help of trained assessors and architects following measures of the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards for accessibility. The project has attracted big companies such as Pepsico, Al-futtaim Group Estate, BMW, and Mall of Arabia, among many others, to come on board. Last year, Entaleq were awarded third place and 70.000 LE at Total’s Startupper of the Year 2016 Challenge, in recognition of their efforts to drive economic and social progress.
Country: Egypt Launched: 2016 Category: Disability