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Saudi Catering Supply Startup Kaso Gets $10.5 Million Investment

The B2B restaurant supply chain innovator has launched a new FinTech platform and plans to turn over $1 billion over the next 12 months.

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Founded in 2021, Kaso is a Saudi Arabian B2B startup providing supply chain management tools for restaurants. The company already boasts 5,000-plus clients and partners across the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Kaso has seen strong growth since its founding and already includes notable brands like Burger King, Buffalo Wild Wings, Caribou Coffee, Chili’s, and Tim Hortons in its partner portfolio.

Recently, the startup raised $10.5 million in seed funding, enabling it to add a new FinTech platform to its suite of services that will further boost operations across the Middle East.

The funding round was backed by a range of regional strategic investors and saw international interest from the likes of Germany’s Global Founders Capital and Singapore’s MSA Novo, who both contributed to the startup’s first seed round in 2021, raising $2.1 million.

“It is very encouraging to see strong regional and international investors joining us, especially considering the challenges some startups currently face in the fundraising market,” explained Manar Alkassar, co-founder of Kaso.

Kaso’s primary goal is to “revolutionize” the food supply chain for the catering industry. To that end, the company’s new FinTech platform is intended to streamline operations using a “technology-backed ecosystem” to improve efficiency and transparency while reducing food waste.

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“It will offer payments and credit facilities to restaurants, further solving key challenges in the industry,” Mr. Alkassar said, with Kaso co-founder, Ahmed Soliman, adding: “Our platform has already made a significant impact in reducing inefficiencies in the industry, and we are confident that we can continue to make strides towards a more sustainable future.”

The restaurant procurement sector in the Middle East is a highly competitive industry. In the GCC alone, the market is projected to hit nearly $130 billion by 2029, at a compound annual growth rate of over 6%, according to research firm OCO Global.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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