10 Jordanian startups keeping the Kingdom on point

Published May 30th, 2016 - 04:39 GMT

If you're reading this, you're probably already interested in the Jordan business-scape. The region's 'safe' Kingdom has long since been billed as the Silicone Valley of the Middle East.  Young, dynamic and almost-as-trendy-as-Beirut, Jordan's startup culture has proliferated over the past few years with a stream of problem-solving apps and time-saving services likely already part of your daily routine.

Startup accelerators and innovation hubs like Oasis 500 are the main engines for growth, serving as incubators for success. One of them, Berlin-based nonprofit enpact, has recently selected 10 emerging companies among a cohort of 500 ambitious Jordanian contestants for an eight-month long mentorship program to help them make their business plans realities. 

This otherwise dry Kingdom has the juicy ingredients required to make it the queen of regional innovation - an impressive 25% IT annual growth and attractive to international investors. More than just Yahoo's Maktoob, we're seeing a new cycle of trophies to boast.

According to experts, it’s just a matter of time before the grand ruins that put Jordan on the map will be overtaken by these newer keystones and life-impacting inventions. And we couldn’t be more excited about these waves of change in a (thankfully) stable Kingdom.

Meet the veritable Silicon Valley of the Middle East and greet 10 talented Jordanians jostling to introduce their unorthodox business models to the Arab world, and beyond.
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Ahmed Qassim JO startups

Ahmed Qassim wants you to "air your dirty laundry"! He co-founded Launder, an app-based laundry and dry cleaning service that makes house calls. The affordable service connects users with pre-screened drivers who pick up your laundry and return it sparkling clean the next day. His passion is turning ideas into reality. https://app.getlaunder.com/

Eman Hylooz JO startups

It's Facebook for bookworms! Abjjad.com is an Arabic social network for lovers of literature that helps people connect over new titles and authors. Founder Eman Hylooz reports that the site has 150,000 registered readers and writers, with 360,000 unique visitors and 1,000,000 page views each month. https://www.abjjad.com/

Sama'n Haman JO startups

Online service Gweet helps you find your home sweet home. It offers a regional network of alternative accommodation, directly connecting folks looking for apartments, rooms, or houses with owners for both short and long term stays. Founder Sama'n Haman knows housing: he was Couchsurfing's Jordan Country Ambassador. http://www.gweet.com/

Rola Fayyad JO startups

Simplify your social life! Friendture lets you create and manage activities and events with just a few clicks. App developer Rola Fayyad challenges users, “Different day? different town? Meet amazing people in every country, town whatever! Think outside the box and increase your horizon! SIMPLY MEET THE WORLD!” http://www.friendture.com/

Ahmad Mubideen JO startups

Trevx is an audio search engine for music, audio books and sound effects. Find search-relevant files that you can download or direct play. Founder Ahmad Mubideen told Al Bawaba that Trevx is accessible from 205+ countries, in 12 languages - a truly global listening platform. You'll soon be able to create playlists too. http://www.trevx.com/

Sondos Samara

Good for what ails you! Pharmacist Sondos Samara started SanadyMe.com to enable patients to build disease-specific support groups where they can discuss health-related issues in full privacy. The platform also lets pharmaceutical companies access aggregated (anonymous) patient-reported preferences in the MENA region. http://www.sanadyme.com/ .

Bisher Abu Taleb JO startups

izif.com is the world’s first Arab online music school where you can learn to play instruments via high quality video tutorials using graphics, multiple camera angles and close-ups created by an in-house production team who are also all musicians. Founder Bisher Abu Taleb aims to promote the best of Arab music to the world. http://izif.com/

Nour Nsheiwat JO startups

“Products with stories” is the slogan at N products. Company founder and designer Nour Nshweiat has 10 years experience in home furnishing and product design. Her aim is to inspire people through forgotten items that are turned into useful home or retail products. https://www.facebook.com/Nproducts/?fref=ts

Afnan Ali JO startups

Eureka Academy specializes in innovation and engineering for kids; the first such tech education program in Jordan and MENA. Afnan Ali started Eureka in 2014 to train children to be inventors instead of mere consumers. Over 300 kids have been trained in Amman and Aqaba. His vision is to expand across MENA. http://www.eurekatechacademy.com/

Nada Hanieh JO startups

SitatByoot offers professional craft courses in Arabic, promoting traditional Arab handcrafts to new generations. Founded in 2009 by husband/wife team Nada Hanieh and Saeed Omar, it re-launches in July with a new focus, which includes efforts to assist artisans in becoming more financially independent. https://www.facebook.com/SitatByoot/?fref=ts

Ahmed Qassim JO startups
Eman Hylooz JO startups
Sama'n Haman JO startups
Rola Fayyad JO startups
Ahmad Mubideen JO startups
Sondos Samara
Bisher Abu Taleb JO startups
Nour Nsheiwat JO startups
Afnan Ali JO startups
Nada Hanieh JO startups
Ahmed Qassim JO startups
Ahmed Qassim wants you to "air your dirty laundry"! He co-founded Launder, an app-based laundry and dry cleaning service that makes house calls. The affordable service connects users with pre-screened drivers who pick up your laundry and return it sparkling clean the next day. His passion is turning ideas into reality. https://app.getlaunder.com/
Eman Hylooz JO startups
It's Facebook for bookworms! Abjjad.com is an Arabic social network for lovers of literature that helps people connect over new titles and authors. Founder Eman Hylooz reports that the site has 150,000 registered readers and writers, with 360,000 unique visitors and 1,000,000 page views each month. https://www.abjjad.com/
Sama'n Haman JO startups
Online service Gweet helps you find your home sweet home. It offers a regional network of alternative accommodation, directly connecting folks looking for apartments, rooms, or houses with owners for both short and long term stays. Founder Sama'n Haman knows housing: he was Couchsurfing's Jordan Country Ambassador. http://www.gweet.com/
Rola Fayyad JO startups
Simplify your social life! Friendture lets you create and manage activities and events with just a few clicks. App developer Rola Fayyad challenges users, “Different day? different town? Meet amazing people in every country, town whatever! Think outside the box and increase your horizon! SIMPLY MEET THE WORLD!” http://www.friendture.com/
Ahmad Mubideen JO startups
Trevx is an audio search engine for music, audio books and sound effects. Find search-relevant files that you can download or direct play. Founder Ahmad Mubideen told Al Bawaba that Trevx is accessible from 205+ countries, in 12 languages - a truly global listening platform. You'll soon be able to create playlists too. http://www.trevx.com/
Sondos Samara
Good for what ails you! Pharmacist Sondos Samara started SanadyMe.com to enable patients to build disease-specific support groups where they can discuss health-related issues in full privacy. The platform also lets pharmaceutical companies access aggregated (anonymous) patient-reported preferences in the MENA region. http://www.sanadyme.com/ .
Bisher Abu Taleb JO startups
izif.com is the world’s first Arab online music school where you can learn to play instruments via high quality video tutorials using graphics, multiple camera angles and close-ups created by an in-house production team who are also all musicians. Founder Bisher Abu Taleb aims to promote the best of Arab music to the world. http://izif.com/
Nour Nsheiwat JO startups
“Products with stories” is the slogan at N products. Company founder and designer Nour Nshweiat has 10 years experience in home furnishing and product design. Her aim is to inspire people through forgotten items that are turned into useful home or retail products. https://www.facebook.com/Nproducts/?fref=ts
Afnan Ali JO startups
Eureka Academy specializes in innovation and engineering for kids; the first such tech education program in Jordan and MENA. Afnan Ali started Eureka in 2014 to train children to be inventors instead of mere consumers. Over 300 kids have been trained in Amman and Aqaba. His vision is to expand across MENA. http://www.eurekatechacademy.com/
Nada Hanieh JO startups
SitatByoot offers professional craft courses in Arabic, promoting traditional Arab handcrafts to new generations. Founded in 2009 by husband/wife team Nada Hanieh and Saeed Omar, it re-launches in July with a new focus, which includes efforts to assist artisans in becoming more financially independent. https://www.facebook.com/SitatByoot/?fref=ts