CNN Marketplace Middle East promotes Mr Usta's success story and entrepreneur ecosystem of Dubai and the UAE. Mr Usta is one of the best startups in Dubai creating business leads for SMEs and finding best services to UAE residents.
Most, if not all successful businesses, start with an idea to find a solution to a problem. In this interview, Spencer Lodge finds that's exactly the case with Ibrahim Colak, former Engineer turned award-winning entrepreneur, and his award-winning startup, Mr Usta! Once again Spencer sits down to chat with another Entrepreneurial Bada$$. This time he talks with Ibrahim Colak, nominated as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the UAE, nominated as Arabian Business startup of the year ( Mr Usta) AND Entrepreneur of the year, one of Forbes top 100 startups in the Middle East, and winner of the Admin App of the year award....whew, I'm tired from typing all of those accolades!
Trailblazing start-up Mr Usta has streamlined how service providers (Ustas) and customers connect in the UAE. The online marketplace has allowed service providers to promote their businesses online. Customers can also post job requests (plumbing, carpentry, AC repair, etc.) and connect directly with businesses that provide the service. At the heart of Mr Usta’s platform is the desire to use the latest cloud technology for market-leading results.
Standing on stage at an event in Abu Dhabi to celebrate International Women's Day, Dunia Othman was quizzed by members of the mainly female audience on why, out of all of the opportunities open to her, she chose to male-focused name for her product and even put a prominent moustache in her logo.
Mr Usta, the name chosen for the business I co-founded, is simply driven by the fact that the online platform we've started provides services by handymen. Usta(d) in Arabic means a master, guru, craftsmen and the majority of workers in this field are men," Othman, the co-founder of the online marketplace, told the audience at an INSEAD business school event in March.
We made it again, for the second year in a row, to the top 100 startups in the Arab World by Forbes Middle East!
Over the course of the past four years, Ibrahim Colak and Dunia Othman have changed the face of home services with their company Mr Usta. Founded by the duo after a frustrating experience with a faulty air conditioning unit, Mr Usta is a platform for finding home service providers. Helping customers find the right people for their various jobs, and giving providers a means of pitching for particular work, the website features around 6,000 tradespeople across 250 categories, with jobs totaling a reported Dhs30m ($8.2m) happening through the portal per year – growing at 20 per cent per month.
Yet another best in class app which helps you to find the best maid services in the city of gold: Dubai. You will be able to find the best services through this app as it is the class service provider platform. Be it any kind of services such as the painting of your home or related to cooking new recipe of your choice, planning for your birthday party or any other service you require like the fixing of your car when it breaks down. You can get the best services you need in whole UAE. The main categories of this app includes home services like cleaning of house, plumbing, handyman, carpentry services, auto services, building and construction oriented services and many more like the moving services, entertainment services such as the wedding, photography, business services, etc.
Life Admin App of the Year - Mr Usta
Mr Usta fulfills a widespread, critical need of most UAE residents: quality home services. Instead of having to pay unqualified service people for poor quality work, the startup allows users to search through a range of service providers, read reviews, and compare prices to select the best professional for the job.
Set up in 2014, Mr Usta is an online portal connecting UAE residents with service providers such as plumbers, painters, cleaners etc. Customer growth since launch has been over 500%, they claim. In October 2016, it raised $750,000 in a pre-series A round.
An Exclusive Interview with Ibrahim Colak of Mr Usta
No.5 in the 50 startups to watch list by Forbes Middle East!
All of the companies in our infographic are based in the Emirate of Dubai. Collectively, these companies have raised approximately $2.3B