Kitopi Middle East Food & Beverage

Mohamad, Saman and Andres are Powering the On-Demand Food Economy in the UAE, Kuwait and KSA

When restaurants offer delivery, they divert resources away from their core business (serving customers in person). With the rise in delivery revenues, a restaurant needs a lot of resources to expand its geographical reach. Kitopi enables restaurants and F&B brands to scale their reach and open delivery-only locations by providing infrastructure and proprietary software with minimal overheads and time.

Kitopi currently operates over 60 kitchens and works with over 200 brands.

Mohamad is a two-time Endeavor entrepreneur who, prior to Kitopi, co-founded BMB Group, which is currently one of the largest confectionery businesses in the Middle East. After Ballout left BMB, he joined an investment firm to become an investor. While talking with many entrepreneurs, Ballout realized that most of them had trouble scaling their businesses, launching the inspiration process for Kitopi. Ballout called his childhood friends Saman Darkan and Andres Arenas. They visualized a model for a cloud kitchen that would solve the end-to-end challenges for restaurants in a completely managed cloud kitchen.

After being selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur with BMB, Mohamad connected with Endeavor’s local and global network. He believed that his co-founders at Kitopi would benefit too if they went through the rigorous selection process. BMB joined Endeavor at a critical inflection point in 2019 when they started with a few small brands and then onboard larger clients. Today, Kitopi works with 200 brands, including Pizza Express and Papa John’s.

Mohamad considers the Endeavor UAE advisory board an essential part of his business’s growth. Through their guidance, Kitopi was able to catalyze growth, secure capital, and expand into international markets.

Mohamad CEO of Kitopi said, “Being a part of Endeavor Outliers has been invaluable. The Endeavor team has helped us accelerate growth by introducing us to investors and companies that have helped us scale our business to where it is today. Their guidance has also proven instrumental in helping us secure talent so that we can continue growing.”

Kitopi is a great example of why Endeavor exists: to enable the next generation of successful entrepreneurs by connecting them to the mentorship, capital, and support that will allow for success. The founders have grown Kitopi into one of Endeavor’s top-performing companies. As part of their ongoing commitment to the high-impact entrepreneur ecosystem, they have actively given back through mentorship during SORs, working sessions, and ISP panels.

A notable session with Mohamad and the young aspiring founders of a Colombian startup, Foodology was an exemplar of the access new entrepreneurs have to practicable advice and guidance from visionary founders in a personal and understandable format through the Endeavor network.

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