Meet the Techstars Founder Catalyst Jeddah Cohort

Oct 19, 2023

Techstars, the world’s most active pre-seed investor, along with the Saudi Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Saudi National Bank (SNB), is thrilled to unveil the inaugural cohort of the Techstars Founder Catalyst program in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Our cohort comprises 20 startups in the MediaTech sector, representing a diverse array of backgrounds and geographies across Saudi Arabia and the globe. They are at the forefront of shaping the future of entertainment, content creation, social media, publishing, adtech, and martech. 

During our 10-week program that successfully kicked-off last week in Jeddah, the startups will receive mentorship, training, and access to Techstars global network of investors, entrepreneurs, and experts. The program will run in a hybrid format from October to January and allow the startups to immerse and contribute to the rising startup ecosystem in Jeddah and the Kingdom at large. Our founders will also have the opportunity to showcase their products and pitch to potential investors and partners at our Demo Day event in Jeddah on January 10, 2024. 

The Founder Catalyst program is an important component of the Saudi government's commitment to nurturing a robust and flourishing local media tech industry while fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in alignment with its ambitious 2030 vision.

In case these startups are not on your radar yet, we highly recommend you to check them out.  

Selected Companies (in alphabetical order):


Altathir is a platform that connects small businesses with the most relevant influencers.


Aqssar provides the most significant ideas from impactful books in minutes.

Balqees For Her

Balqees for Her is a platform that empowers women in the GCC area through content and training.


Beatpulse is an AI-enabled marketplace that revolutionizes music licensing and enables artists, creators and businesses to create content without copyright worries.


BookCloud is the online community and publishing platform for e-books in the Middle East.


Castin is a platform that connects talents in the film industry with production companies.


Eckofide is a social entertainment platform that simplifies booking creators in reality and the metaverse.


Feddi is transforming offline retail and loyalty with open banking.

Filming Locations FZ

Airbnb for booking filming locations.


Improving consumer engagement for enterprises through the Metaverse


The Saudi community app for those who love talking about sports.


A game-changing SaaS growth tool for SMEs.


The community and marketplace connecting gym enthusiasts and sports retailers.


Kitchenara is a platform that links food and entertainment to elevate your food experience.

Link Social Network

The social network super app.


A live-shopping platform redefining social e-commerce.


An omnichannel sales platform turning conversations into conversions.

Stealth Startup (TBA)

Working on something exciting in the intersection of AI and the MarTech industry... stay tuned!


A platform making graphic design in Arabic easier for non-professionals.

The WordWave

A marketplace for Arabic and English-speaking content writers in the MENA region.