Saudi Arabia’s KAUST startups win top prizes

Updated 12 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s KAUST startups win top prizes

JEDDAH: Startups from the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) have taken top prizes in the Kingdom’s recent entrepreneurship competitions.
Leading the way was KAUST startup Sadeem, a wireless sensor system for flood monitoring. After winning Best Global Startup award and clinching $100,000 in prize money at GITEX Future Stars, the startup has won first prize at the ArabNet Riyadh and most recently, the Best Entrepreneur Award from Oqal.
“These wins reflect six years of hard work. The cash prizes have allowed us to enhance each department of the company and deliver our first pilot projects,” said Sadeem co-founder Esteban Canepa.
Startups from both of the KAUST accelerator programs are also showing promise.
Quantum Solutions, a nanotech developer of quantum dots for LCD displays, LEDs and solar cells, won first place at the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Startup Smart event in Riyadh. Another KAUST startup, Al Maha Systems, a livestock tracking system for farmers, recently won the first prize in the innovation competition from the Small and Medium Enterprise Authority (Monshaat) at the Asbar Forum.
Empowering entrepreneurs is part of the university’s commitment to developing a culture of innovation and fueling the growth of the SME (small and medium enterprises) sector in Saudi Arabia.
“KAUST supports early-stage startups in the Kingdom to explore, test and build their business ideas,” said Kevin Cullen, vice president for KAUST Innovation and Economic Development. “In addition, the KAUST Research & Technology Park hosts a growing number of early-stage startups and SMEs. We support entrepreneurs throughout their entire lifecycle, from idea to market.”


Saudi FM discusses enhanced bilateral cooperation with Cypriot counterpart

Updated 26 September 2020

Saudi FM discusses enhanced bilateral cooperation with Cypriot counterpart

RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah made several phone calls with his counterparts from other nations.

He discussed Saudi-Cypriot relations with Nikos Christodoulides, the Cypriot minister of foreign affairs, stressing the need to strengthen mutual cooperation in various fields, and discussing regional and international developments of common interest

Prince Faisal also spoke separately to Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Norway’s minister of foreign affairs; to Linas Linkevičius, minister of foreign affairs for Lithuania; and to Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvia’s minister of foreign affairs.

With all three, the prince discussed bilateral relations and cooperation, in addition to regional and global matters of mutual interest to Saudi Arabia and their respective countries.