KAUST brings together five leading international start-ups and brings new technology to Saudi Arabia.

TUVAL, Saudi Arabia, May 17, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)-King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) recently completed “Destination Deep Tech”, the first Saudi program accepted by leading international start-ups in Saudi Arabia to develop deep technology innovations. International startups CeEntek, Hopu, Insignes-Labs, Pasqal and Proteinea have been selected to participate in the three-month program due to their highly advanced technological expansion in the MENA region.

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Founders of 5 international startups CeEntek, Hopu, Insignes-Labs, Pasqal and Proteinea in KAUST (Photo: AETOSWire)

“KAUST is the heart of deep tech in the Saudi Arabian economy and as such, we are delighted to welcome these talented international startups to KAUST and the Kingdom through Destination Deep Tech,” said Dr. Kevin Cullen, VP of KAUST Innovation.

Pascal from France is one of the first European start-ups in the field of quantum computing, offering end-to-end solutions, from hardware to applications. Its goal is to bring the quantum advantage to end users faster. Pasqal recently signed a MoU with Aramco and is currently seeking to establish a commercial presence in the region.

Insignes-Labs from Poland develops antimicrobial additives to protect a wide range of materials from microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, fungi and mold. The company is currently running a pilot program with Red Sea Farms, a KAUST start-up, while simultaneously applying for a Technology Transfer Acceleration Fund from KAUST to continue working with the university and bring the product to market.

Proteinia from Egypt is a technology platform that uses the power of artificial intelligence, deep learning models, and biological automation to design and manufacture proteins. By accelerating the commercialization of key optimized protein products, Proteinia is committed to serving the fields of healthcare, aquaculture and sustainable food technology.

Singapore-based CeEntek offers ultra-high performance concrete to improve the durability and efficiency of construction projects. Its innovative manufacturing process allows it to offer UHPC 2.0™ concrete solutions for a wide range of markets and applications.

Hopu from Spain offers AI-based IoT devices and sensors for Industry 4.0 and smart cities, including air quality monitoring, noise monitoring, temperature measurement and more. The company is introducing its air quality sensors to the KAUST network in collaboration with KAUST Smart and KAUST scientists.

The Next Web (TNW) is the Destination Deep Tech team. It helps companies and governments innovate in the startup ecosystem and ensures that the best people are recruited to participate in the program.

*Source: Wire AETO

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