Qafila Graduates from Intelak’s Sixth Cohort
22 December 2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Qafila, the UAE’s first digital freight forwarder, joined Intelak’s Sixth Demo day that celebrated the success of not only the four startups that graduated from the 6th cohort, the last for 2019, but also brought together the previous cohort’s alumni to mark the end of 2019 in style for Intelak, the UAE’s leading aviation, travel, and tourism-focused incubator.
The 6th Cohort cycle accepted submissions on 1st February 2019 and closed on 30 Aug 2019. The pre-incubation boot camp kicked off on 22nd September with ten startups from where four winners (including Qafila) were announced on 29th Sep 2019. Following that Qafila accelerated through the incubation from October till mid-December and culminating in the demo day on 16 December 2019.
Atif Rafiq, co-founder, and CEO at Qafila commented, “The whole experience has been really good for all three of us: Jithin Manoharan, my Co-founder, Imtiaz Hassan, our CTO and myself. We benefited immensely from the intensive acceleration program, industry connections, networking opportunities, getting mentored by the mentors in the aviation sector and everything leading up to the demo day.”
Jithin Manoharan, co-founder at Qafila, added, “This helped us to understand what we need to do to prepare for investment. Our focus is to take forward some of the dialogue with the aviation cargo community in UAE and add even more advanced features to the future release of a full digitalized Air Cargo platform, delivering value to the customer’s businesses through digital innovation.”
More information on Qafila being incubated by Intelak Incubator can be found online here
Qafila is the region’s first digital freight forwarder that uses tech-knowledge and technology to solve those complexities around moving freight. Based on an Arabic word used during the silk trade meaning “Caravan”, Qafila, today, moves freight by simplifying logistics. Qafila is building a logistics infrastructure for the modern world that enables businesses to trade seamlessly with speed and visibility. With a simple touch, swipe – or even a click – you can do things like Book, Ship and Track, any time – anywhere.
Meaning ‘taking off’ in Arabic, Intelak supports young entrepreneurs to become part of the innovative ecosystem in the UAE. Since its launch in 2016, Intelak has garnered over 1,100 applications; more than 110 teams have participated in the pre-incubation Bootcamp; and 24 teams have been named winners, receiving thousands of hours of mentoring and collectively more than AED 1.2 million in equity-free seed funding from the principal partners.