jusoor roadshow 2018 champion
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion

The 2018 Champions

Last year, 2 Syrian-led startups in each location championed the Roadshow, and the finalists headed off to the finals in two locations. Five of them attended SPARK’s Ignite conference in Amsterdam, where they pitched their startups, while 5 other finalists pitched at Beirut Digital District, for the second Demo Day in Beirut. These were the 6 champions.
1. Azhar Al Madani , Erbil
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion
Azhar Al Madani , Erbil
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion

Shiffer is a peer-to-peer and online logistics platform that connects travelers willing to carry shipments for a cash reward, with people in need to ship documents or items. The startup was founded by Azhar Al Madani, who was inspired by his daughter’s birth and began looking for a solution for the millions of Syrian citizens who need to send documents across the world. Azhar continued to reap awards later, moving on to win the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab’s Innovate for Refugees competition, in Amman.

2. Juman Jamal Sakkae , Gaziantep
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion
Juman Jamal Sakkae , Gaziantep
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion

Juman Jamal Sakkae won the $8.000 first prize of the Startup Roadshow, during the Second Demo Day, held at the Beirut Digital District in Lebanon. The EdTech startup, founded alongside Hamadah Gubran, is based in Gaziantep and focuses on bringing marionettes to the 21st century, through a program that combines education with entertainment.

3. Saleem Najjar, Amman
Saleem Najjar, Amman
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion

Saleem’s startup, Sharqi Shop, is an e-commerce platform that connects artisans in Jordan with the global market and helps them sell their products online. The startup, which is based in Amman, was previously incubated by Oasis500. Saleem was also awarded the YAG Audience Prize, provided by the Young Advisory Group, a student-led advising firm in the Netherlands, and also won the European Youth Award, in Austria, later in 2018. This is Saleem’s second startup: before settling down in Jordan in 2012, founded ‘Mat3amy’ in Damascus, a platform that lists restaurants and suppliers for users to order food online.

4. Masaoud Ali, Erbil
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion
Masaoud Ali, Erbil
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion

Agri-Answer, an AgriTech application founded by Masaoud Ali and Doaa Al-Ibrahim. The startup, based in Erbil, offers farmers solutions to manage their crops through seasonal subscriptions. The entrepreneur’s aim is to connect farmers through internet, providing them with the best solution for them at the least cost through a seasonal subscription.

5. Ibrahem Ahmad , Amman
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion
Ibrahem Ahmad , Amman

Based in Amman, the startup founded by Ibrahem Ahmad won the second place in the SPARK Ignite conference in Amsterdam. Fadfed is a bot-powered platform for people to access mental healthcare and life-coaching services in the region.

6. Yusuf Kabbara , Istanbul
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion
Yusuf Kabbara , Istanbul
jusoor roadshow 2018 champion

Yusuf founded Torever, a mobile app that helps travelers plan their trip while accessing services on the go. The entrepreneur came up with the idea while working in the tourism sector in Turkey, noticing that there was a gap between the market need and the quality of services provided to travelers. Launched in its Android version, Torever covers multiple touristic Turkish cities, targeting the market of young tech users, who are avid travelers from Middle Eastern countries.