Palestinian entrepreneur launches OneAcademy in UK
Digital technology entrepreneur Amir Shurrab is looking to scale edtech business OneAcademy after coming through an entrepreneurial programme in Birmingham.
Shurrab, originally from Palestine, was recognised as a ‘world leading exceptional talent’ by the Home Office in partnership with Tech Nation and therefore was granted an unconditional stay in the UK.
The tech entrepreneur spent nine months on the Entrepreneurs for the Future programme at Innovation Birmingham and has received critical acclaim for his work in the edtech sector.
Having chosen Birmingham as the home for his business, Amir is now looking to raise £750k to increase the workforce, client-base and functionality behind the software-based online platform for training providers.
“We spent nine months at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, benefiting from the mentoring, space and networks within the entrepreneurial community,” he said.
“It’s inspiring to be around likeminded entrepreneurs launching other businesses in other sectors.”
Currently used to deliver training to Apple, Microsoft, and the Government of Dubai among many Fortune 500 companies, OneAcademy is an all-in-one online learning platform that combines a learning management system, a virtual classroom system and an eCommerce store into one solution.
The software enables training providers to create a new line of business for online learning while saving 60 per cent of the technology cost and reducing working hours thanks to its automation, providing an enhanced learning experience to streamline the administration, delivery, tracking and implementation of educational courses.
Shurrab and his team managed to secure multiple contracts with training providers in the US, UK, and the UAE. The SaaS mobile-optimised platform, which is customisable with other industry standard tools in the education sector, has been developed on the Entrepreneurs for the Future platform.
E4f was delivered at Innovation Birmingham up until the end of December 2018 and received support from the European Regional Development Fund.
OneAcademy was established in April 2018 and has seen steady growth since then, now employing seven people across the world and maintaining relationships with four high profile clients across the US, Dubai and the UK.