Krypto Labs announces winner of EdTech Innovation Startup Competition 2018

Abu Dhabi, UAE 16 December 2018 – Krypto Labs, the global innovation hub, has announced the winner of the EdTech Innovation Start-up Competition 2018. Selected by a panel of global experts in education technology, the pitch took place in Abu Dhabi on December 12th, 2018 wherein the Key2Enable start-up, the ‘Entrepreneur Hero’ was granted US$150,000, as well as the opportunity to join the Krypto Labs incubator program, while US$20,000 were awarded to each of the four remaining finalists for winning in their categories.

Key2Enable first launched in Brazil with an aim to bring digital accessibility to people of determination, who are unable to use computers and mobile devices due to motion limitations or lack of fine motor coordination, by providing innovative tools such as the Key-X keyboard for accessing computers, learning and communicating.

Having received more than 800 applications from across 58 countries, 5 finalists stood out with ideas that have the potential to revolutionize the education industry from within. The judging panel was comprised of four industry experts including Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, Managing Director of Krypto Labs, Dr. Najla Al Naqbi, Innovation and e-learning Manager, Department of Education and Knowledge in Abu Dhabi (ADEK), Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education, and Asher Siddiqui, Partner at 500 Startups.

Dr. Saleh Al Hashemi, Managing Director of Krypto Labs, said: “Today, everyone is a winner. I would like to congratulate all of the start-ups that have made it to the final stage of the competition and who have entrusted Krypto Labs in elevating their business ideas. Winning teams will also attract business leaders and representatives of major investors. This is a very important opportunity for all start-ups with creative ideas to present their projects on a global platform and receive financial support from major sponsors.”

He also added: “We endeavor to propel start-ups and entrepreneurs to achieve their full potential, which is possible thanks to UAE’s strategy for Artificial Intelligence and the multiple government initiatives across the county. The UAE’s commitment to establishing an environment of tech-growth that supports AI-based solutions has allowed us to accelerate towards our goal. Now is an iconic time for education; we are on the verge of forever-changing the main medium of knowledge by fusing it with AI-based technology.”
For their efforts in enhancing education in Kenya by integrating technology within the classroom, Angaza Elimu was awarded the ‘Best Impact Start-up’ and granted US$20,000 by Krypto Labs. Described as a ‘turnkey solution for schools’, the initiative sets to transform education in Kenya by creating a classroom integration model to strengthen the student-teacher relationship alongside a student portal to access educational content, while also providing regular training workshops and lessons for students outside of school hours.

Four finalists were granted US$20,000 each by Krypto Labs for winning in three categories. Parlay from Canada won the Supplemental Applications category for creating a tool that helps teachers develop inclusive and data-driven class discussions, while 42LAB who are based in Singapore also won the Supplemental Applications category for developing a smart application that introduces biotechnology to school students. Based in Lebanon, Kamkalima won the Curriculum Applications category for creating a platform in Arabic that aids teachers and develops students’ reading and writing skills, while the winner of the Lifelong Learning Applications Category was Klazz from Germany for building a platform that makes language-travel more accessible by applying algorithmic solutions.

The EdTech Innovation Start-up Competition 2018 sheds light on start-ups that integrate technology within the education sector and intend to push the frontiers of transformation in education technology.