Alumni startup named ICT Exporter of the Year
Meddy, a startup that was founded by CMU-Q alumni Abdulla AlKhenji and Haris Aghadi, was named ICT Exporter of the Year at the fourth annual Qatar IT Business Awards.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications recognized 14 information technology businesses following a careful process of screening and assessment from a panel of 11 judges. This year, 167 applications were received from 93 companies.
This is Meddy’s second recognition from the Qatar IT Business Awards. In 2016, Meddy won Tech Startup of the Year.
AlKhenji and Aghadi, who both graduated from CMU-Q’s Information Systems Program, first developed Meddy as a class project in 2014. The app works like a word-of-mouth recommendation, providing a list of doctors by specialty, as well as credentials and reviews from patients. They launched the app in September 2014 with a list of 200 doctors.
AlKhenji remarked: “We could not have created Meddy without CMU-Q. Education City was also very important, helping us tap into the varying expertise of students from across the universities. Now more than ever, it is important for us to sustain our entrepreneurial ecosystem with ideas that are ‘Made in Qatar’.”
Two more CMU-Q alumni, Yasser El-Sayed and Abed Khattab, have become integral members of the team, and today Meddy is the largest online physician network in Qatar. The patient app includes more than 4,000 doctors from about 1,000 clinics and hospitals, and between 80,000 and 100,000 patients visit the site each month. Meddy is available in both English and Arabic, and has branched out into Bahrain and Dubai.
Recently, Meddy has built clinic management software for clinics to streamline their operational workflows to enhance patient experience.