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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

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