Syrian NobelChemist Selected as Third Semi-Finalist for MIT Enterprise Region Startup Competition


Syrian NobelChemist has been selected as one of the semi-finalists teams for this year’s MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Region Startup Competition for the Ideas Track.

Ever since he was a child Louay AlOtba always hated swimming pools because of the strong smell of chlorine. After graduating from pharmacy school, AlOtba worked in the field of disinfectants where he learned and discovered the dangerous effects of the water disinfectants that are commonly used by people either to treat their drinking water or to treat the water used in swimming pools.

Alarmed by these findings AlOtba began researching alternative solutions to disinfect water and after continuous efforts and research he was able to design an ecological, safe and environmentally friendly solution which comes in the forms of tablets. These affordable tablets which AlOtba and his team are currently producing on a small scale are made from biodegradable material, have been proved to be 100 percent safe, and are an alternative solution for toxic disinfectants, which are commonly used in swimming pools, water sewage treatments systems and tap water.

“The Majority of the third world countries are unable to buy or find secure drinking water and are forced to drink contaminated water and on the other side of the world we have people drinking water thinking that it is clean when in reality it is as toxic as contaminated water due to all the chemicals that are added to it. NobelChemist aims to change that by providing families and children with safe and clean water by using our tablets wherever they are and whenever they need. Clean water should be available to everyone and we believe it is our mission to achieve that," said AlOtba.

AlOtba and his team are not thinking local and plan to target the Middle East and third world countries as a beginning after which they hope to expand on a larger scale to become global players in the water disinfectant industry.

"Our goal is to have our manufacturing plant up and running by the final quarter of 2013, and we are certain that by participating in the MIT Arab Startup Competition we will be able to learn and acquire the tools and skills required to launch our business," concludes AlOtba.

NobelChemist will attend a two-day workshop in Qatar in April along with 49 other teams, where they will receive coaching, training and network with other entrepreneurs from the Arab region and meet the region’s major players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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