Up and Com­ing AI Star­tups in Le­banon.

Le­banon has wit­nessed an in­creased ac­tiv­ity in the AI sec­tor; sev­eral star­tups have emerged from dif­fer­ent ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­grams, and some did or on their own. Here are some star­tups you should keep an eye on:

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Co-founded by Ibrahim Ezze­dine and Basel Jalaled­dine, Cherpa an on­line plat­form that teaches robotics and elec­tron­ics to youth - from build­ing and cod­ing projects, all the way to in­ter­act­ing with vir­tual mis­sions. Ac­com­pa­nied by an in­tel­li­gent chat­bot that acts as a

vir­tual in­struc­tor and guides the learner through­out his/her en­tire jour­ney, the stu­dent be­gins by se­lect­ing one of the many avail­able projects (as­tron­omy, medicine, agri­cul­ture, in­dus­trial, etc.) Fur­ther to the se­lec­tion, the stu­dent is given an over­view of the les­son with its learn­ing ob­jec­tives. The learn­ing sub­ject will then build and code the phys­i­cal cir­cuit. Once the in­tel­li­gent chat­bot val­i­dates that the cir­cuit is er­ror free, the stu­dent en­ters a vir­tual world with which the ac­tual cir­cuit in­ter­acts. For in­stance, if a stu­dent built a joy­stick, this pro­duc­tion will be in­cor­po­rated into a vir­tual space mis­sion to Mars for NASA. Each com­pleted mis­sion un­locks a new les­son.

In 2017, Cherpa has launched the cod­ing

sec­tion for Beta test­ing, and con­verted 70 of their 100 test users to pay­ing cus­tomers. It was amongst the 9 star­tups who grad­u­ated from Speed@bdd ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gram, and qual­i­fied as semi-fi­nal­ists in MITEF’S Pan Arab Com­pe­ti­tion. In March 2017, Cherpa re­ceived an undis­closed amount of seed fund­ing from Speed@bdd. Cherpa also came out as one of the top 2 star­tups in the fourth cy­cle, and was se­lected for the Leb­net Ig­nite ac­cel­er­a­tion and men­tor­ship pro­gram in Sil­i­con Val­ley. The startup is cur­rently test­ing the plat­form with stu­dents.

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