Flatlabs offers US$65k to eight startups in their fifth cohort

TUNISIA – Eight Tunisian startups have graduated from Tunisian accelerator Flat6Labs Tunis‘s fifth cohort. They include startups from the automotive sector, robotics, edtech, fintech and tourism sectors. 

The accelerator said that it has worked to expand its network by constantly promoting new partnerships with stakeholders. 

Its main partners are Meninx Holding, the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund (TAEF), BIAT Bank, as well as the World Bank’s International Financial Corporation (IFC) who joined the fund last year. 

It said the recent partnership with the IFC includes an investment of US$1-million in the Anava Seed Fund managed by Flat6Labs Tunis to encourage women and youth initiatives, in addition to technical support to the accelerator. 

The startups that graduated from the fifth cohort include; AutoPlus, an online platform for seling cars founded by Amin Mliki in 2017, Junior Robotics Lab, an edtech founded by Atef Ben Bakri and Sami Turki in 2017, which helps school teach learners the basics of robotics and coding through an online platform. 

OnBoard, founded in 2018 by Safwen Bouali, Cherif Redissi, and Amine Troudi, helps hardware and manufacturing companies turn training manuals into web-based manuals for customers to interact with. 

SeekMake, founded in 2019 by Adel Ayari, offers users access to machines like 3D printers, and laser cutters, Sghartoon, founded by Hidayet Ayadi, Saif Ben Achour and Oualid Khayati in 2018, helps parents detect signs of dyslexia in their children through its mobile app. 

Sqoin, founded in 2019 by Bacem Bergaoui and Mohamed Ali Belajouza, is a fintech startup, Study.tn is building a Coursera for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The startup was founded in 2018 by Nidhal Abidi, Nadhir Abidi and Salim Hadrich and Wantotrip, founded in 2019 by Chahrazed Remadi and Makrem Hermassi, is an online travel platform. 

The accelerator received more than 1500 applications for its five cohorts, with 36 Tunisian startups selected. Each startup netted an initial investment of 200,000 Tunisian dinars (US$65 000). They also had access to technical training, coaching, and a network of investors. 

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