DOHA: International business magazine The CEO Views has identified Application Design for Global Solutions Computer Systems (ADGS), an innovator in deep technology that uses fundamental science and advanced technologies to build futuristic applications, as one of the top 50 most innovative companies to watch in 2021.
ADGS was more recently selected as one of the most promising startups by the American incubator ‘500Startups’, and the founders were also featured in the US-based APAC Entrepreneur’s ‘10 Most Dynamic Entrepreneurs of Qatar in 2021’.
“Every entrepreneur would be proud to be selected as one of the 10 most dynamic entrepreneurs of Qatar or as one of the top 50 most innovative companies to watch, by US magazines, but I must emphasise that nothing would have been possible without the excellence of my team, my partner and the strong support of Qatar Foundation,” said AGDS Co-Founder and President Hassan Al Ansari.
Aysha Al Hamadi, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) Product Development and Grants Management Fund Director, said: “Recognising the value of an innovative idea, even before it matures into a viable commercialised product, is at the very heart of what we do at QSTP.”
She said: “We are proud to have supported ADGS right from the start of their journey, via our Product Development Fund (PDF) awards and intensive mentorship through its participation in two of our highly-regarded accelerator programmes – XLR8 and MENA Dojo.”
Dr Nabeel Al Salem, Chief Advisor Partnerships of QF Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) division, said: “Identifying the potential impact of ADGS’ technologies early on in its development, QF RDI awarded it our very first ‘Innovation Coupon’.”
He added: “This award is designed to help Qatar-based SMEs and startups that are developing new technology-focused products and services to overcome inevitable challenges faced when growing their venture.”
Deep Tech companies
AGS CEO Christophe Billiottet stated: ”The question one might have is if they are rich and powerful because of these Deep Tech companies or if they host Deep Tech companies because they are rich.”
Billiottet added: “In a region more prone to trading goods and selling fossil fuels, Deep Technology companies have a major role to play, and we must say that Qatar Foundation is one of the very few organszations that fully understands this.”
Al Ansari and Billiottet’s strong disapproval of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon (GAFA)) using artificial intelligence to exploit people’s personal information for profit brought them together to establish ADGS Computer Systems as a laboratory researching and developing groundbreaking technological products ethically, for everyone’s benefit.
After they were formally established in 2015, QF offered support in the form of more than $500,000 in funding to help build their critical artificial intelligence and machine learning platform.
“We are currently the only Deep Tech company of Qatar, but there is room for more. Qatar just has to set up the proper policies to become a flourishing place for them and I know brilliant minds who would be more than happy to build a strong technological future for my country,” said Al Ansari.