Tech-Development Startups Win Big at Qatar IT Business Awards
Tech-development startups under the growing community of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) were recently honoured for the impact they are making on the information technology sector in Qatar.
At the recent Qatar IT Business Awards, organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and Qatar Development Bank, three QSTP incubatees – a QSTP tenant, a startup under the QSTP-administered MENA Dojo programme, and a recipient of the QSTP Product Development Fund – received awards for their tech-development businesses that currently service various sectors in the country.
The award ceremony, held at The St. Regis Doha Hotel, is one of the most prestigious awards for the technology sector in Qatar, honouring IT businesses and innovators who are transforming the IT landscape in Qatar. Leading the awards were the three QSTP startups that are providing innovative healthcare solutions in Qatar. QSTP accelerates the commercialisation of technology-based innovations by incubating and mentoring local startups, in order to bring their products to market and support their global growth.
Tech-Development Companies Offering Better Healthcare Service
The team behind QSTP incubatee Meddy, which was crowned ‘ICT Exporter of the Year’, has its sights set on becoming one of the leading medical tech startups in the region. Haris Aghadi, Meddy CEO said they’ve focused on expanding their product outside of Qatar to realise their vision of becoming the primary source of healthcare information in the region. He said they were greatly honoured to be recognised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications through the award.
The ‘Smart Healthcare Solution of the Year’ award went to MediHealth Solutions, a startup that offers a B2C service, ‘At home Doc’ – a comprehensive medical platform that utilises bespoke healthcare technologies to provide a patient-centric and evidence-based medical practice. The startup participated in MENA Dojo, a coveted Series A accelerator programme for post-seed startups in the region held by QSTP, in partnership with 500 Startups, a global venture capital seed fund.
Hesham El Feshawy, Founder of MediHealth Solutions, said their dream is to become a regional digital healthcare provider.
We currently have a community of just over 12,000 people who are seen by our doctors, and we will continue to do our best to keep our community growing by offering them quality healthcare that is both accessible and affordable.’
Droobi Health, a mobile app that empowers patients to take control of their diabetes by using behavioural science to encourage people to change their habits and prevent chronic illness, won the ‘Tech Startup of the Year’ award. It is a recipient of the QSTP Product Development Fund that provide finances for SME and startups involved in developing tech products and services relevant to Qatar.
Majed Lababidi, co-founder and CEO of Droobi Health, said patients in Qatar and the region deserve the best mobile health solutions, and they are making that happen with the first bilingual digital therapeutic solutions for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.
In addition to the array of robust healthcare solutions being awarded, QSTP incubatee Maktapp received the ‘Cloud Service Provider of the Year’ award for the second consecutive year, for its cloud-based application that enables businesses to schedule tasks and manage time and deadlines effectively.
Another QSTP incubatee, Airlift – dedicated to employing intelligent control software and hardware technologies in autonomous aircrafts to disrupt the on-demand logistics market – secured the ‘Smart Logistic Solution of the Year’ title. Airlift CEO Ahmed Mohamedali said the award is a great motivational boost for his team.
We were up against tough competition, and receiving this award reaffirms Airlift’s innovation and originality and demonstrates the industry’s confidence in our startup.’
Also sharing the spotlight was QSTP’s long-standing tenant MEEZA, which was awarded ‘Service Provider of the Year’. The company provides end-to-end IT services and solutions and is becoming increasingly recognised as a leading systems integrator. MEEZA offers disaster recovery and business continuity services, and has established the first commercial Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Qatar to help its clients mitigate digital and cyber security threats.
MEEZA CEO Engineer Ahmad Al Kuwari said the recognition is a testament to the company’s efforts and hard work in delivering on its commitment to all its customers. He said that MEEZA remains committed to operational excellence, and receiving the award motivates them more to continue with their effort to develop their services in line with the market requirements.
The awards reinforce QSTP’s key role as an invaluable hub for applied research and entrepreneurship, fostering a thriving innovation ecosystem in Qatar. For updates and more information about QSTP, visit qstp.org.qa.