Start-ups in Iraq hardly get sufficient media coverage. As a result, only a few people know of their existence. Challenges like lack of basic infrastructure, payment solutions, and business registration complications make it difficult for start-ups to succeed. Even with these challenges, small businesses are evolving and maneuvering Iraq’s complex environment. Here are top digital start-ups in Iraqi you should beware of.
Sandoog is a technology-oriented logistics and delivery start-up located in Baghdad, Iraqi. The start-up offers unique on-demand delivery across the nation, including handling of products, stockpiling, and payment processing. Sandoog is committed to leveraging e-logistics to fix local logistical challenges. Merchants can use the solution to send, monitor, and manage their customers, invoices, and deliveries within Iraq. The founders of this start-up have developed the following systems:
- Sandoog Center, a merchant app
- Sandoog Spider, an internal customer relations management system
- Sandoog Mandoob, a chauffeur dispatch app, and
- A commercial application that facilitates express delivery
Sandoog also offers inventory management and storage services for adequate transactions and seamless delivery.
Brisma is located in Sulaymaniyah. The start-up app specializes in food delivery within the Kurdish area of Iraq and has expanded Erbil operations. Brisma has received excellent reviews for its delivery updates and user-friendly interface.
Miswag was established in 2014, becoming the inaugural e-commerce platform in Iraqi. It features more than 15,000 products and strives to deliver good quality products across Iraqi.
Erbil Delivery is an application that ensures that customers do not struggle with heavy groceries or massive traffic. Users can leverage this application to order groceries from their homes’ comfort and guarantee delivery within one hour. The team behind Erbil Delivery strives to expand its inventory and adds new items to the app regularly. The developers are currently considering expanding to international cities.
Shiffer is a Syrian start-up company with its headquarters in Erbil and a team working in various parts of the world. The platform specializes in linking travelers with people that need goods delivered in different countries. Shiffer offers customers a cost-friendly alternative to some of the leading but costly logistics companies.
Talabatey is a food delivery application that operates in Sudan, Iraq, and Syria. Customers can leverage the app to find more than 1,000 restaurants offering discounts and special offers. Talabatey has more than 3.5 million downloads since its release in the market.
Dakakenna is a start-up that was first launched in the Mosul market as the ideal solution to help individuals travel across the city with ease. Through this platform, users can order a wide range of products such as books and electronics. Dakakenna offers delivery services to the most inaccessible and furthest areas of the second-largest city in Iraq.
Fastwares is located in Ebril, through which many products have been developed. These products include Kawa and Khaje, a popular game, and a food delivery Lezzoo. Fastwares is currently working on launching Kurdish music streaming application, Awaza.
Medresty is a school management system based in Baghdad that strives to improve the education level offered in Iraq schools. With this application, parents and teachers can communicate and receive student updates like grades and homework.
Mishwar is among the inaugural food delivery apps in Iraq. The start-up has its headquarters in Baghdad but delivers in different other locations within the capital.
The developing entrepreneurship environment in Iraq provides start-ups with different opportunities to develop advanced products. Every city has unique solutions that deal with similar problems. These solutions allow robust players to attract competitors in other regions during the scaling process.
Iraq can speed up development in the technology industry with more investment and additional incubators. With such efforts, the country is likely to experience an increase in technology-enabled start-ups.