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Traffic accidents are as much of an issue in Palestine as they are elsewhere around the world. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, there were over 8,600 casualties in road traffic accidents in 2020, 110 of which were fatal. Meanwhile, traffic safety studies remain limited in the country. In comes Naviatx

Naviatx is the first application in Palestine to measure and reflect telematics data. They work to reduce the number of accidents, as well as give drivers a better understanding of their practices. Their innovative technology also serves to provide calculated risk scores to insurance companies to reflect policy holders’ driving risk and behavior on the road.

We sat down with Hamzeh Ghosheh, founder of Naviatx, to talk about his journey developing and launching the Jerusalem-based startup. Hamzeh’s work began when he left years of NGO work to pursue his passion.  Hamzeh  started  to understand the great purpose he has in life as a human and took an oath on himself to direct  his energy towards  impacting his community.

Hamzeh believes that his startup can be highly effective in reducing road deaths and injuries worldwide. His team is  determined to address the challenge by keeping safety a top priority. They even set up a goal to reduce the number of road accidents by 10% in 2022 .

What will future road safety look like in 5 years with “Maslak”?

Maslak’s vision is to help create an accident-free Palestine where everybody gets back home to their loved ones safely. The application’s goal is to reduce potential effects of dangerous driving, and preserve the lives of drivers and road users. As a result, drivers will be able to build a driving profile that motivates them to negotiate with insurance companies on insurance prices.

In a conversation with Hamzeh, he shared the difficulties his team faced as young professionals launching  their startup. The team did not fully know  where to start, how to figure out business models, and whether they would be able to entice potential customers to use their app. On the other hand, they started to think more as a startup. By reaching out to some professors, networking and  building relationships with variety of social enterprises programs, 

Naviatx are now expanding and growing, as they became part of our BuildPalestine fellowship program, which is designed for social enterprises committed to solving Palestine’s most pressing challenges. Our role is to connect fellows with the expertise, resources, and funds needed to maximize their impact.

How down BuidPalestine fellowship helped Naviatx grow?

This fellowship has been a great resource and an enriching environment where he gained access to a variety of people who are passionate in making an impact

Hamzeh Ghosheh

The program provides weekly check-ins and monthly training sessions, and coordinate shadowing opportunities for skill building and mentorship. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from a professional community of expert organizers focused on social entrepreneurship, business modeling,  financial planning, and storytelling, In addition to matching skilled volunteers with fellows from BuildPalestine network.

To know more about BuildPalestine fellowship program, Click here

Who’s Hamzeh Ghosheh?

Hamzeh holds a master’s degree in business administration. He’s also a specialist in financial sciences, a fan of stuffed carrot stew, and a record holder in Guinness magazine for the longest distance traveled on a scooter in 24 hours (2,624 km)!

Learn more about Navaitx:

https://naviatx.com/