“Kazakhstan is home to highly educated and ambitious IT professionals in the tech industry, boasting a diverse tech ecosystem, making it a very attractive destination for startups from abroad,” said Hamad Al-Hajri, Snoonu CEO.
“We are excited to collaborate with Alem school and host their graduates who will be instrumental in developing our subsidiary in Kazakhstan,” he added.
Snoonu inaugurated its first representative office in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, on March 2021 , as the first Arab company bringing its business to the center of the country’s tech industry Astana Hub. Snoonu now continues to expand its presence in the country through their Center for Innovation and Technological Development. In cooperation with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry, the center aims to deepen the cooperation between Kazakhstan and Qatar in the field of innovative technologies.
Alem is an innovative coding school where lectures, teachers, and grades don’t exist. The educational process is based on students’ collaboration, solving real problems and implementing team projects on coding, software development and broader IT. By testing each others, students find a new perspective on problem solving and engage in a healthy competition. This modern learning curriculum is what makes Alem School’ graduates the perfect fit for Snoonu, as a startup that nurtures innovation.
Astana Hub is the largest international technology park for IT startups in Central Asia, creating the perfect environment for development of Kazakhstani and foreign technology companies, with a global mission to become a center for innovative projects, breakthrough IT companies, and a hotbed for attracting young and talented IT specialists from all over the world.
Snoonu is Qatar's home-grown success story that aims to be the first local Unicorn company. With over 150,000 users, Snoonu plans to expand and diversify its offering by adding new features and services to its platform, with a goal to enter international markets, including the Middle East and CIS.
After securing a $5 Million of investments during the Series A Funding round in April 2021, Snoonu plans to continue its growth and launch the Series B round in December 2021, with the goal to launch its IPO by 2024 and to further diversify its offer with payments and supply chain digitization solutions, transport, and global takeaway services.
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Founded in 2019 by Hamad Al Hajri, entrepreneur and startup expert with over 20 years of experience in business innovation, Snoonu aims to revolutionize the Qatari market with the fastest services and the most diverse marketplace, facilitating online shopping, lifestyle, food, grocery delivery, and third-party logistics services for startups and SMEs in Qatar.
In November 2020, Snoonu launched its own 24/7 online grocery store, offering a wide range of locally sourced products and supporting Qatar’s merchants. Due to its phenomenal performance, Snoonu was awarded a ‘Resilience Award’ in the Fikrah National Business Competition presented by QDB Bank.
Leveraging the most advanced technology to create seamless consumer experience, Snoonu teamed up with Microsoft to migrate its services to Microsoft Azure Platform, boosting their efficiency and productivity.
Snoonu aims to become a leader in delivery services, and the first super-app in Qatar with plans to expand internationally.
For more information, please visit www.snoonu.com
About Hamad Al Hajri:
Award-winning international scholar, entrepreneur and start-up expert with over 20 years of experience in international business innovation, AI, and application development, and visionary product developer. Hamad mastered all aspects of business formation, operation, finance, and management. He is a subject matter expert in the following fields: international business, project life cycle planning, resources & logistics budgeting & cost control, project controls, cash flow projection & management, risk & conflicts management, team building leadership and entrepreneurship.
Hamad started his career in 1997, he started as Instrumentation Technician, to get promoted within the same year as Senior Project Engineer. He moved to Japan in 2010 to work as Senior Project Manager at JGC Gulf International Co. Ltd, then he worked as Head of Control System-Offshore Engineering in 2012, and joined Qatar Petroleum in 2014 as LPG Marketing Manager.
Hamad started his entrepreneurship journey in 2017 with multiple start-ups projects such as; Mshwar, Lilac Landscape, Vision Development Project and Oryxnet, to co-found, the outstanding successful application, Snoonu in 2018.
Hamad has a research Doctorate in entrepreneurial and small business operations from Kyoto University, he also has Executive MBA in business administration and management from HEC Paris. Hamad got a professional certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship field from Stanford University, and Project accelerator, entrepreneurial and small business operations certificate from San Francisco State University.
Hamad was also awarded from HEC Paris for Best Capstone Project, and he regularly shares his insights on business, leadership and economy with local media.
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