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Sadeem takes first at GITEX Future Stars

Sadeem is this year's winner of $100,000 for ‘Best Global Startup'

Sadeem is the Gitex Future Stars Supernova Challenge winner.
Sadeem is the Gitex Future Stars Supernova Challenge winner.

Saudi-based startup Sadeem is this year's winner of $100,000 for ‘Best Global Startup' at GITEX Future Stars Supernova Challenge.

GITEX Future Stars' Supernova Challenge is being held alongside GITEX Technology Week.

A wireless platform, Sadeem is a multi-patented flood and traffic information system with active networks to save lives and money in real-time.

Mustafa Mousa, co-founder, Sadeem, says: "This win means a lot, and is a culmination of six years of work."

Esteban Canepa, co-founder, adds that: "The win is due to the efforts of the whole team, our commitment to add value to the cities of the world, and our ability to create a solution for environmental challenges in today's world."

The UAE marketplace app for buying and selling products, Melltoo won the award for Best Female Startup, supported by NAMA women's empowerment. TravelDog, the virtual travel agent company took home the award for Best African Startup for its web and mobile platform. The Best Arab Startup award went to Mind Rockets, who are building assistive technologies for the hearing impaired.

Cherpa, an online platform for youth to learn about robotics through interactive teaching, was recognised as the Best Youth Startup, while tThe Best Disruptive Startup was awarded to Modeo, which is transforming furniture assembly through a do-it-yourself app.

Vijay Tirathrai, managing director, Techstars Dubai, and a judge of the competition says: "I love the energy of the emerging markets in this region, especially the thirst for learning and innovation demonstrated by young people living here. I was very impressed by the whole spectrum of startups who participated in the GITEX Supernova competition, which was not an easy one to judge."

Tirathrai adds that the ideas presented were from a variety of different industries and gave a very good flavour of the landscape in the region."

Santosh Varghese, general manager, MEA, Storage Products and Solutions at Toshiba Gulf FZE, representing the sponsoring company says: "Toshiba as an innovative company wants to spread the culture of innovation aligned to the Dubai government's vision. Events like GITEX Future Stars will have a multiplier effect and lead to more startups coming from the region."

Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, organisers of GITEX Technology Week and GITEX Future Stars, says: "Congratulations to Sadeem for winning the top prize at the Supernova Challenge, as well as to all the other winners and participants who demonstrated their most innovative and disruptive solutions, with a focus on transforming the future of the world we live in."