Omantel Innovation Labs announces startups for Accelerator Cohort 2

Business Saturday 31/December/2022 15:39 PM
By: Times News Service
Omantel Innovation Labs announces startups for Accelerator Cohort 2

Muscat: Omantel, the leading provider of integrated telecommunication services in the Sultanate of Oman, has announced the names of the Omani startups selected for the 2nd cohort of the Omantel Accelerator programme managed by the Omantel Innovation Labs.

Cohort 2 of the Omantel Accelerator will include three startups that were selected from more than 100 startups that applied online after a public call for applications. These startups were selected after a rigorous selection process that included boot camps and interviews with experts from within and outside Omantel.

The selected startups are AirGo, iON and Touchpoynts which help technology professionals enhance the customer journey.

AirGo is a modern hi-tech enterprise founded in 2020 to lead the drone industry in the Sultanate of Oman by offering intelligent services and products. AirGo provides an Unmanned Traffic Management System named Tahleeq in Oman.

It operates as a platform-as-a-service that enables businesses, governmental entities, and educational institutions to avoid operating risk, regulatory challenges, and capital expenses associated with drone operations.

iON is a social commerce platform that helps sellers achieve higher conversion rates by providing them with the ability to post products/services on social media, create and customize private online stores, manage product inventory, manage payments and shipping from multiple sales channels and manage a customer chat centre under different social media platforms.

Touchpoynts provides smart retail technology solutions that enhance customer experience and increase loyalty including digital signage, big data & analytics, facial recognition & audience measurement, programmatic advertising and smart retail implementations.

The 2nd cohort will also include two startups that were selected from Omantel’s recently launched internal innovation program, Fikra: Sayyad, a one-stop shop for the fishing industry where sellers and buyers from across Oman can connect, trade and deliver goods and services and Zabonex, a CX management software provider that uses data insights to create opportunities.

“Congratulations to the startups for being selected as part of the Omantel Accelerator. The selection process was intensive and each of these startups has demonstrated the strength of their foundation by making it through. We are looking forward to working closely with them over the next few months to accelerate their solutions and provide them with some of the best international and local mentorship and support,” said HH Ghada Al Said, Senior Manager of the Omantel Innovation Labs.

In addition to the Omantel accelerator, Omantel Innovation Labs also works with the Central Bank of Oman in accelerating Fintech startups for the Central Bank of Oman’s Fintech Accelerator and manages the incubation of startups for the national Upgrade programme. To support the wider ecosystem, Omantel Innovation Labs also hosts hackathons, boot camps, and multiple free workshops on topics related to technology entrepreneurship throughout the year.