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São Paulo – The Brazilian startup TiX Tecnologia Assistiva was awarded as “supernova champion” in the Gitex Future Stars program in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. TiX offers inclusive sustainable solutions to help disabled people develop competences and skills through computers and other devices.
Gitex Future Stars, which ran last October, is a high-impact startup accelerator program based in Dubai. The event awards the world’s eleven most promising startups in their areas each year. The company received a USD 100,000 prize.
TiX director was quoted as saying in a press release that “the program’s recognition acknowledges Tix’s work and internationalization process and opens doors for the startup to develop its inclusive solutions in Dubai too.”
The prize was part of one the world’s largest startup competitions with over 1,000 companies from 140 countries. “Participating in Gitex is important for Tix to be internationally recognized and for the interchange of some of the world’s best and most important technology. Ranking first place at a program of such a global reach is an important recognition for our set of solutions, which will set us up for many other markets,” the businessman was quoted as saying.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 650 million people around the globe live with some kind of disability.
Founded in Belo Horizonte in 2009, the company offers accessibility programs by subscription for the disabled, including equipment such as the TiX Smart Keyboard, which makes electronic devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones accessible for them, especially those with limited movement. The evolution of this technology significantly contributes for a higher quality of life and the inclusion of disabled people into society.
The service offers an evaluation of the needs of each person and the prescription of equipment by following up their experience and evolution. The whole solution may be hired with an accessibility plan for monthly payments starting at BRL 165 (USD 40). This way, the client hires the accessibility as a service that includes the recommended equipment and continuous assistance.
TiX opened a business unit in the United States in 2018 to operate abroad. Called Key2Enable, the startup is part of the portfolio of four global accelerators: Singularity University (USA), Krypto Labs and Ma’an Social Incubador – Ghadan 21 (UAE) and Startup Chile. TiX was also in Brazil’s “Most Promising Innovative Business” ranking last May.
Krypto Labs is an innovative center with an incubation program in Abu Dhabi, and Key2enable was acknowledged as one of the startups with the potential to impact over 1 billion people by 2030. The Gitex award in Dubai was given to TiX through Key2enbable.
TiX received its first award last December when presenting TiX Multifunctional Smart Keyboard during an event held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The EdTech Innovation Start-up Competition received over 800 applications for 58 countries and awarded the technologies that have the most beneficial impact in education and innovation with artificial intelligence.
The startup was awarded as Entrepreneur Hero, winning a cash prize of USD 150,000 and being allowed to enter Krypto Labs accelerator program to showcase its technology and create a business front in the UAE.
Translated by Guilherme Miranda