There are about 400 million Arabic speakers worldwide, and this figure isn’t likely to decrease very soon. Even for those who speak it, Arabic is a difficult language for most people. Because of the enormous dialect differences, someone fluent in Egyptian Arabic may not completely comprehend Yemeni Arabic speakers, according to Duolingo.
While people can readily explore languages, finding specialised Arabic information that is useful in everyday life might be difficult.
Almentor.net was launched in 2016 by Dr. Ihab Fikry and Ibrahim Kamel as an online video learning platform to address the dearth of online learning resources for Arabic speakers. The website provides courses and presentations in a variety of sectors, including health, humanities, technology, entrepreneurship, business management, lifestyle, drama, sports, corporate communication, and digital media, in conjunction with hundreds of leaders, educators, and experts.
Almentor secured $3.5 million in seed funding in 2016 and $4.5 million in Series A funding two years ago, backed by Egypt’s Sawari Ventures. The Dubai-based edtech firm has now raised a total of $14.5 million with its Series B investment.
Almentor equips Arab students with the tools they need to develop in both their professional and personal life. The platform claims to contain the region’s and one of the world’s largest continuous learning libraries. Its video content is generated in-house and produced in Arabic and English, and it has offices in Dubai, Cairo, and Saudi Arabia.
It might be difficult to get investors and customers on board for new goods like Almentor. The initial obstacle, according to CEO Fikry, was persuading the MENA investment community that Almentor was launching a new business in video e-learning that “had a lot of potential to power tools in the area.”
The company of Almentor lies at the crossroads of education, media, and technology. The company’s solutions are divided into three categories: a flagship B2C product, a white-label B2B model for blue-chip firms, and the final, which Fikry refers to as the “special project” for government agencies.
Almentor’s B2C solution allows consumers to purchase courses for $20-$30 that they may keep for the rest of their lives. Fikry said the firm plans to launch a subscription-based model in June, giving its more than 1 million registered customers unfettered access to all of its 12,000 video material for a charge.
“Since our first interaction, we have been very impressed by Ihab and Ibrahim, two fantastic mission-driven entrepreneurs who have been executing on a bold vision since 2016, and who have built the leading Arabic self-learning go-to content provider in the Middle East and Africa,” said general partner Cyril Collon. We look forward to assisting the firm in its next phase of expansion as it serves the 430 million Arabic-speaking people and expands access to cutting-edge on-demand personal learning and development options.”