Ecosystem

5 Cool Startups from Wamda Mix N’ Mentor Riyadh

Wamda’s mentorship and networking event Mix N’ Mentor was held in Riyadh last month at King Saud University. Attended by about hundred entrepreneurs, students and representatives from different government bodies including SME authority, the event was a huge success; all thanks to Wamda’s team esp. Kamel Al-Asmar for organizing it so well and putting up a great show in Riyadh.

Entrepreneurs had a chance to discuss their challenges with Mentors in group and one-to-one discussions. The event also featured workshops on different topics including Business Modeling & Raising Funds. Some of the entrepreneurs had flown all the way from UAE, Kuwait & Bahrain only to attend the event. The event was very well organized;  all thanks Wamda’s whole team esp. Kamel Al-Asmar for putting up a great show. The only small hiccup was that there was no time left in the end for Fireside Chat so it didn’t happen.

We met different entrepreneurs and startups during the event – here are our five favorites from them.

New Shifts

New Shifts is a Dubai-based startup co-founded by Zeynep Saka who flew all the way from Dubai to attend Mix N’ Mentor Riyadh. The startup connects people who want to explore their passion without quitting their job or changing their career with SMEs or Startups. For startups & SMEs, they offer them to engage with these highly talented people who want to explore a new area, their passion or a hobby. The profiles are completely anonymous and the best part is that you can create as many as you like. So if there are three-four areas you’d like to explore, you could create a profile for each one of them.

Bilbayt.com

Finding a good caterer and arranging thing with them is always a difficult process. Kuwait-based Bilbayt.com is trying to solve this problem. Its a one-stop shop for all your catering needs. Think of it as HelloFood or Talabat for catering. Co-founded by Ahmed Salamah, Latifa Benessa & Ali Al-Alwadi, it is currently available in UAE & Kuwait, you could search and browse through profiles of different caterers, see their rate cards, read reviews about them and book them online.

Munjiz

Currently in its beta, Munjiz is a Saudi startup for on-demand printing services. Co-founded by Ahmed Alnuaimi, it currently lets you purchase on-demand printing services for business cards, envelopes, letter heads, flyers and roll-ups. After signing up on the website, you just have to select the service you need, upload relevant documents and images, select some preference, fill in your address and that’s it. The business card or whatever you requested will be delivered to you within a day.

toDoorStep

ToDoorStep is the latest grocery shopping startup from Saudi. Co-founded by Ammar Yousef, its already present in ten cities of the Kingdom including Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Taif, Khobar, Dhahran, Dammam, Buraidah and Onizah. It lets you browse and shop groceries online on its website or through it Android or iOS applications.

Fleek

Bahrain-based Fleek lets you discover beauty salons and book appointments with. Co-founded by Husam Ramadhan, it is currently available in Bahrain only but has plans to expand into Saudi market as well. You can browse different beauty salons, see the complete list of services they offer with prices, see the ratings and reviews by other customers and book the appointments using their applications for Android or iOS.

Wamda will be hosting two Mix N’ Mentor events this month; the first one in Kuwait on May 10 & the second one in Amman on May 18.

Zubair Naeem Paracha

Founder at MENAbytes
A tech and startup enthusiast based in Riyadh. Zubair apart from leading MENAbytes is also building Qraar, a career discovery and development platform for millennials in MENA. He can be reached on Linkedin, Twitter or zubair [at] menabytes [dot] com.

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