Intella, the Egyptian deep tech startup, has closed a $3.4 million pre-Series A funding round led by HALA Ventures and Wa’ed Ventures. The round was joined by Sanabil 500 and INSEAD’s alumni angel network, along with other investors.
The new funding will support Intella’s expansion into the Saudi Arabian market and fuel the development of end-to-end AI models localised for the Mena region. This comes especially as they’ve made their strategic decision to relocate their headquarters, tapping into the kingdom’s growing tech and AI scene.
Founded in 2021 by Nour Altaher and Omar Mansour, Intella is a visibility and insights provider that delivers intelligence to businesses in real time.
As part of its ongoing efforts to refine its technology, Intella put their system through testing of over 30,000 hours of Arabic audio. Intella Voice resulted in a 95.73 per cent accuracy rate, surpassing established tech leaders like Google’s speech-to-text, Open AI’s whisper, Meta’s seamless M4T, and IBM Watson.
“Saudi Arabia is quickly becoming a hub for technological advances. This move fits perfectly with our plans for expansion,” said Nour Taher, CEO and Co-founder of Intella.
Omar Mansour, Co-founder and CTO of Intella, added, “Our voice technology tailored for Arabic dialects has set new industry benchmarks. And now, we’re moving beyond mere transcription, and focusing on audio analytics—including summarization, sentiment analysis, topic extraction, and call scoring. We’re really pushing the boundaries of what AI can do for voice in our region.”
Ali Abussaud, Founding Managing Partner of HALA Ventures commented, “We’re excited to back Intella’s vision. They’re making significant strides in connecting global AI progress with the needs of the Arab-speaking community, and it’s exactly the kind of initiative the region needs right now.”