Amman, Jordan – Jordanian startup incubator TechWorks is helping inventors and innovators bring their ideas to life and establish successful businesses.
Backed by a foundation set up by Crown Prince Hussein, TechWorks opened its doors in 2018 to offer facilities that “plug into entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems” and turn ideas into reality.
Its offerings and support helped Jordanian mechanical engineer Saliba Taimeh perfect a device that sterilises the handrails of escalators from all kinds of viruses, such as coronavirus and bacteria.
After contacting several international companies, a German firm specializing in health and safety in public places signed up to manufacture Taimeh’s “Brigid Box.”
Taimeh’s success story is only one of many.
Zain Abu Rumman credits TechWorks with helping him develop a tracking device for eldery patients and people with special needs. The device sends alerts to the mobile phone of a family member through a special application in case the person wearing it falls or is hurt, or if he strays from a certain place.
Last year, TechWorks attracted about 100 inventors and start-up companies, enabling them to produce prototypes quickly and at low cost. These include “Jazri Studio,” an industrial design company which has devised a “smart” plug to protect children from electric shocks.
Ismail Hakki, executive director of TechWorks, said its aim is to provide “a creative environment and all the necessary resources to support and enable young people to transform their projects from a mere idea into a real product”.
The doors of the project’s “Fabrication Lab”, or FabLab, are “open to all; we support students, entrepreneurs, and startups”, he said.
FabLab touts many successes, including a “smart home” which allows a mobile phone user to control electrical appliances inside the house from afar by turning on heating or cooling systems, and a piano keyboard to help a blind musician play.
It plans to open two more branches in Jordan to provide technology training and help for school and university students.