There are greater than 400 million Arabic audio system globally and that quantity isn’t slowing down anytime quickly. Arabic, to most individuals, is a troublesome language even to those that communicate it. In line with Duolingo, somebody fluent in Egyptian Arabic may not absolutely perceive Yemeni Arabic audio system due to the huge distinction in dialect.
Whereas people can simply navigate dialects, it may be comparatively exhausting for them to search out tailor-made Arabic content material important for on a regular basis life.
Dr Ihab Fikry and Ibrahim Kamel based Almentor.net in 2016 as an internet video studying platform to compensate for this lack of on-line studying content material for Arabic audio system. In collaboration with lots of of leaders, educators, and consultants, the platform provides programs and talks in varied fields like well being, humanities, know-how, entrepreneurship, enterprise administration, life-style, drama, sports activities, company communication, and digital media.
In 2016, Almentor closed a $3.5 million seed spherical and two years in the past raised $4.5 million Collection A led by Egypt’s Sawari Ventures. With this Collection B funding, the Dubai-based edtech firm has raised $14.5 million in whole. San Francisco and Paris-based VC agency Partech led the financing spherical with participation from Sawari Ventures, fellow Collection A investor Egypt Ventures, and Sango Capital.
Almentor supplies Arab learners with the mandatory expertise crucially wanted to advance their skilled careers and private lives. The platform claims to have the largest steady studying library within the area and one of many greatest worldwide. With places of work in Dubai, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia, its video content material is developed in-house and made in Arabic and English.
“The imaginative and prescient and cause behind beginning Almentor is we perceive that in our area of greater than 100 million folks, of which 90% can not correctly be taught with every other language apart from Arabic,” Fikry mentioned to TechCrunch. “So we wished to have a cutting-edge state-of-the-art platform that may change folks’s ideology and assist them be goal, and focus based mostly on subjects that may be taught as prodigious studying.”
For first-time merchandise like Almentor, it may be exhausting to get each traders and prospects on board. In line with CEO Fikry, the primary problem was to persuade the funding neighborhood within the MENA area that Almentor was creating a brand new trade in video e-learning that “had numerous potential to energy instruments within the area.”
Almentor’s enterprise is an intersection of schooling, media, and know-how. Its choices are dissected into three: the flagship B2C product, a white-label B2B mannequin for blue-chip firms, and the final, which Fikry calls the ‘particular undertaking’ for governmental our bodies.
For its B2C product, Almentor sells programs to customers for $20-$30 of which they get to maintain for a lifetime. Fikry says that in June, the corporate is planning to introduce a subscription-based mannequin the place customers can have limitless entry to all of its 12,000 video content material for a charge to its greater than 1 million registered customers.
The B2B mannequin is the place Almentor opens its library to firms to customise their content material for workers. These movies are primarily tutorials or coaching wanted to thrive at work, and since 2016, Almentor has executed 78 offers with accomplice firms.
The particular undertaking’s mannequin highlights Almentor’s work with the federal government. One time, the corporate had a partnership with the Egyptian authorities to upskill the nation’s film trade. It has accomplished 11 extra related particular tasks since launching 5 years in the past.
Throughout all three fashions, Fikry says Almentor has efficiently delivered greater than 2 million studying experiences. With this funding, the firm needs to enhance content material manufacturing and high quality and educate folks within the MENA area on why they want the product.
“We are actually main the continual video studying trade within the Arab area, and we have now a accountability that goes past our ambitions for Almentor. Our accountability now could be to work unceasingly to enhance the trade as an entire within the Arab area, and this will solely be achieved by means of gaining the boldness of the Arab learners within the worth, professionalism and impartiality of the content material supplied by the platform and dealing in keeping with the worldwide studying tendencies.”
Talking on the funding for Partech, basic accomplice Cyril Collon mentioned: “Since our first interplay, we have now been very impressed by Ihab and Ibrahim, two implausible mission-driven entrepreneurs who’ve been executing on a daring imaginative and prescient since 2016, and who constructed the main Arabic self-learning go-to content material supplier within the Center East and Africa. We’re trying ahead to supporting the corporate in its subsequent part of development to serve the 430 million Arabic-speaking inhabitants and develop entry to on-demand cutting-edge private studying & developments choices.”