Yomna Saleh

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Provide a summary of the concept, how it works/could work, and why it could be successful

Through our network of research institutes, universities and private labs, scienup is the goto marketplace for researchers and businesses who are looking to outsource experiments in the fields of science and engineering. This can range from a one-time testing to frequent analysis and ongoing R&D projects. Innovators can save time, efforts, and money by using
our web-based platform. We help researchers materialize their ideas, while solving the limitations of access to resources.

Explain briefly the specific problem(s) you are trying to solve, and how your solution impacts or will impact the region

Disparities in research funding in the region impose immense struggle on researchers and on innovation. While researchers are wasting time and ideas due to lack of access to advanced equipment, available infrastructure suffers from 60% underutilization of capacity. This is mainly due disconnection between research bodies and lack of awareness to available facilities. scienup aims to create a marketdriven collaboration model that should put the region on the R&D outsourcing market map.

Geographical Scope: where is the innovation currently operating/where would it first be applied and where would it scale?

currently operating in Egypt, with future plan to scale into the MENA region, starting with Tunisia, Jordan, and UAE.

Please state the current status of your initiative

Ready to scale up

Beneficiaries: Explain who would benefit from this solution and indicate whether you would be working with a local partner or organization to implement (if so,specify)

Beneficiaries are researchers, innovation driven startups, universities and research bodies.

Describe the scalability and innovation elements of your initiative

We are the first to introduce sharing economy concept into the R&D ecosystem in the region. As an asset free model, our scalability is tied to the growth of research and innovation market in the region which is showing significant growth year over year for the past 5 years

Please state your innovation sponsor (if applicable)

your innovation sponsor

What are your key resources at this stage and what resources would you need to implement/scale?

We are heavy on the know how, accordingly our key resources are human asset where our team is four females with four masters degree in sciences and one PhD

What are your key challenges and risks at this stage?

– building the culture of collaboration, – finding talent to expand, – finalize strategic partnerships

What are your goals and timeline?

(expand providers hub to 100 lab, September 2019)( initiate our startups R&D support project, July 2019)

Why should this innovation be selected?

Scientific research is meant to not only develop cutting-edge innovations but to also drive the frontiers of knowledge. Our solution aims at pushing forward R&D sector in the region through:
– Enhancing institutional capacity with maximizing benefits of available resources, especially with current limited expenditure.
– Driving intra- and inter-institutional collaboration towards word-class innovative research output.
– Improving return on investment in scientific research, hence, encouraging more evidence based funding.
– Avoiding brain drain for ambitious researchers who are seeking handy up to date well maintained resources.

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