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Khalid Aboujassoum

Season 4

About the Project

Khalid became the first Qatari to win Stars of Science in 2012 with Tahi invention, now rebranded as Oliver. Khalid's eating habits were shaped by being an ex-competitive swimmer growing-up in a household that was never equipped by a microwave. As he grows-up, those habits revealed a challenge which is his lack of time and skill to cook proper food. Using his engineering background, Khalid developed Oliver, a smart and automatic cooking appliance that empowers the user to simplify his life, discover new food, and eat healthier.

Khalid Today?

Since being voted the winner of Season 4, Khalid has continued to push forward in his effort to transform the cooking experience. He founded Else Labs and used the lessons he learned on Stars of Science to refine his concept. Khalid and his team redesigned Oliver, the kitchen appliance to incorporate a balance between performance, aesthetics, and price. In doing so, they are bridging the gap between the traditional and the future of cooking. Investors loved the product. Oliver raised an incredible $1.95 million dollars in total funding. It was also one of 15 startups selected for the 2016 Smart Kitchen Summit Startup Showcase. "We have come a long way in developing Oliver to provide a unique value to our customers and we are looking forward to its launch". Khalid and his team are putting the finishing touches on a crowd-funding and launch strategy. They aim to introduce the world to Oliver in the fall of 2018. “The 21st century individual is often juggling an array of responsibilities. Oliver is there to help maintain work-life balance by taking away the stress and time commitment of making a homemade meal,” said Khalid. "We have come a long way in developing Oliver to provide a unique value to our customers and we are looking forward to its launch".

Prior to becoming a Stars of Science candidate, Khalid founded ibTECHar, an educational technologies startup. ibTECHar offers products and consultancy services that utilize technology to make learning fun and effective. IbTECHar also launched ‘Sanea,’ an initiative that aims to ignite the ‘makers’ culture in Qatar and grow it to the region.

Khalid has taken every opportunity to try to cultivate a passion for science and entrepreneurship in Qatari students. As a regular guest lecturer for the Master in Business Administration class at Qatar University, he speaks about his experience in the business world. He also traveled to the United Kingdom to engage with Qatari students studying abroad. There, he encouraged them to learn about the role of entrepreneurship in building a knowledge-based economy.

Khaled has addressed audiences at Qatar’s Global Entrepreneurship week, the World Innovation Summit for Education, and TEDxQU.

Khalid’s Personal Reflection

"Stars of Science is a true platform that unleashes the human potential. One of the most important skills I learned during my SOS journey is how to ask the right questions at the right time to get to the right answers I am looking for. It is the immersive product development journey we went through during the program that I cherish the most. It helped me a lot in my entrepreneurial journey."

Khalid in the News

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Panel discussion at the Smart Kitchen Summit 2017:The Home Cooking Robot: Recording & Recreating Food Anywhere