Earlier this week, Synkers announced that it had closed its first seed funding round with Phoenician Funds, following its graduation from Speed@BDD’s acceleration program in July 2016.
Founded by three Lebanese women, Zeina Sultani, Sibylle and Audrey Nakad, Synkers is a mobile application connecting students to highly qualified tutors on the spot, with the mission of enhancing students’ academic performance and preparing them for a brighter future.
From a list comprising more than 1,000 applicants of which 46 were shortlisted, Synkers is the only Lebanese startup selected by Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) to take part in an international program
pairing the world’s most exciting technology companies with leading government organisations to create transformational solutions.
Bringing together 150 entrepreneurs of 30 different nationalities from 14 countries, this year’s DFA Program offers a platform to develop innovative ideas that better help meet future challenges, transforming them into real opportunities for sustainable global development.
« Préparer les élèves pour un meilleur futur et bâtir la plus grande communauté virtuelle d’échange de connaissances sont les objectifs de l’application Synkers qui permet aux étudiants de trouver plus facilement un tuteur qui leur est convenable », précise d’emblée Audrey Nakad, cofondatrice de cette start-up.
Synkers is an awesome Lebanese startup that has been creating a lot of buzz in the past few months. I was at Synkers’ launch few months ago where they presented the app and the idea is simple: Make finding a tutor to help you in school, university or standardized tests as easy as ordering an Uber or renting a property on AirBnB.
The idea is great but we all know that hardest part in every startup is the execution so I downloaded the app myself to test it out, and I loved how easy it is to navigate and use, and in just a few seconds, I was ready to book a session with a tutor of my choice and choose whether to pay via the app with a credit card, or cash when I meet the tutor.
When French-educated Lebanese Audrey Nakad and her sister Sibylle joined Concordia University in Canada after graduating from the College Notre Dame de Jamhour in Lebanon in 2009, they struggled to find a private English tutor to help them master the language.
When they did find one, “the sessions were either too expensive or didn’t fit with our schedules, which was annoying; we later found out that some of our friends were having the same problem,” Audrey says.