Imad Malhas has a strong technical background in the field of information technology and has been considered a pioneer in software development in the Middle East for over two-decades. Malhas obtained his B.Sc.Degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, USA in 1984. He founded IrisGuard Inc. (www.irisguard.com) in 2001, which is nowadays considered a world-leader in the field of Iris Recognition Technology. It is credited to successfully taking Iris recognition from the uncertainties of labs and theories to the realities of the world.

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1. How did IrisGuard respond to the Covid-19 crisis?

We took approaches that are based on the basics; meaning being transparent and as this was a totally unknown situation, we were learning as we went along. Our employees and their families were our main priority. The approach we took as early as February was to “acknowledge”. So the way we approached it is by applying transparency to everything we do, ensured we have a more frequent communication with all employees and sought out medical expertise. …


Eon Dental begins testing manufacturing parts for Ventilators

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Eon Dental, a Jordanian dental technology company that traditionally manufactures clear aligners, has announced collaborating with the relevant authorities in Jordan as well other individual efforts to develop and produce certain consumables and spare parts for ventilators urgently needed in the fight against Covid-19.

Making use of their 3D printing technology capabilities, the company has re-configured some of their large 3D printing machines to churn out 3,800+ parts per day. “We knew that we had to be proactive to combat the Covid-19 outbreak in Jordan and leverage our scientific, engineering and manufacturing capabilities” said Fadi Samawi, Director of Manufacturing at Eon Dental. “Upon the request of Eng. Ziad Abu Ayyash, CEO and Founder of Sannula Safe MedTech, to manufacture the parts for a work in progress ventilator prototype, we have been working together along with Eng. Akram Al-Hmoud, and Eng. Omar Abdul Hadi who have all volunteered their time to develop the parts and consumables that have been delivered to the authorities to test the efficacy of the consumables and parts that are needed on a daily basis across the Kingdom”. …


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In a time when the whole world is under partial or complete lockdown, businesses are facing significant challenges and need to respond rapidly. Today, companies are forced to implement immediate disruptive measures to their business models in order to evolve and survive the new realities.

Endeavor Jordan conducted a survey to get a flavor of the impact of this crisis on startups. The sample included 110 founders of fast-growing companies, including Endeavor Jordan’s Entrepreneurs, across eight verticals including: Agriculture, Commerce, Retail & Consumer Tech, Education, Enterprise Software & Services, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Smart City, and FinTech.

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Figure 1: Business shift to remote work during crisis

In this note, we shed a high-level view on how those founders are navigating through this raging sea of uncertainty, and some of the measures taken to weather the storm. We will also present some reflections from Endeavor Jordan’s high-profile network members including board members, mentors, and entrepreneurs. While lack of visibility is making it extremely challenging to plan ahead, entrepreneurs are nonetheless hard at work re-evaluating their priorities and re-engineering their operating models. The transition to remote work was mostly smooth for most, however, a notable number still face dire challenges. …

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