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:
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.
Country: Lebanon Launched: 2016 Category: Education