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Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority welcomes 7 international startups to Anjal Z programme

ABU DHABI, 3rd March, 2022 (WAM) -- The Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority (ECA) has said it welcomed seven global startups to Anjal Z Cohort 02.

Launched in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), Anjal Z aims to instil innovation in early childhood development by empowering growth-stage global startups as they launch their activities in Abu Dhabi and the region.

Anjal Z’s inaugural cohort, which was completed in 2020, comprised global entrepreneurs and startups that were invited to localise their solutions for Abu Dhabi and bring their products into a new market.

The seven growth-stage startups include FinlandWay, a school-in-a-box early education franchise network that utilises technology to transform educator training and support curriculum delivery, learning processes, learning environments and outcome documentation; LuxAI, from Luxembourg, has built QTrobot, an easy-to-use humanoid robot that improves the effectiveness of autism interventions by increasing the attention and engagement of children with autism; and MonkiBox, a UAE-based startup that delivers science-backed toys and activities to empower parents to help their children master particular skills and meet developmental milestones.

Polish startup RemmedVR is a telemedicine platform for diagnostics and rehabilitation in neurology and eyecare. Their medically certified home vision therapy system consists of dedicated VR goggles, therapeutic exercises and a therapist control panel. Thinkerbell Labs have created the world’s first digital braille literacy device based out of India that helps the visually impaired learn to read, write and type in braille through interactive audio-guided content in vernacular languages. WonderTree is an affordable physiotherapy and educational game provider from Pakistan that uses augmented reality to help children of determination improve their motor, cognitive and educational skills. DoBrain is a Korean-based AI-based application that offers an accessible and affordable digital cognitive learning programme for young children.

Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, said, "New technologies will be key to driving progress by unlocking solutions to the challenges facing us now and in the future. The power of Anjal Z lies in bringing together and empowering innovators in the early childhood arena, as they develop technology-enabled solutions to equip our next generation. Through our partnership with the Early Childhood Authority on Anjal Z, ADIO is working across the ecosystem to connect entities with the partners, resources and support they require to take their ideas from ambition to reality."

Sana Mohamed Suhail, Director General of ECA, said, "Bringing the seven startups together in Abu Dhabi marks a new prominent achievement for the emirate and the UAE towards supporting children. The move also reflects the great attention paid by the wise leadership to promote the ECD sector and improve the quality of life."

"The startups will localise their solutions in areas of early care and education, family support, health and nutrition, and child protection in line with the country’s legislation, culture and aspirations to achieve the best outcomes for children," she affirmed.

Each Cohort 02 startup, eligible for up to AED700,000 in grants provided by ADIO, is now preparing to launch pilots with local schools, healthcare providers and therapy centers. They will continue to receive support as they sharpen their offerings and localise their implementation.

"We are proud to partner with ECA and support the Anjal Z programme. This programme creates a runway for global startups to solve major challenges in the ECA’s four areas of focus," said Siobhan Dullea, CEO of MassChallenge, which was selected by ECA as its partner in programme development.

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