Civil engineer Azhar Al Madani co-founded Shiffer in March 2018 after facing issues obtaining his daughter’s birth certificate from Syria.
The Erbil-based startup is a logistics platform that connects people wanting to ship items and documents with travelers. In return, travelers get paid to deliver documents to their destination. The process is reliable and considerably cheaper than using mainstream competitors. Specifically, the startup caters to displaced Syrians who struggle to send and receive important documents to and from Syria.
On November 2018, Shiffer competed against four other finalists at the Amsterdam Ignite Conference. The team won first place with a cash prize of $8000. The event marked the end of the Startup Roadshow, organised by Jusoor and Spark. The roadshow is a competition for Syrian startups across Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. Participants are trained in entrepreneurship and pitch to be shortlisted. Ultimately, two startups are chosen from each country to pitch at the Ignite Conference.
Check out their startup timeline below to see how Shiffer grew from an idea to a product: