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Meet Waynak and SharkBike



The story behind the SHARK-Bike:

The SHARK-Bike combines the advantages of electric cars and bicycles in one product. It is a three-wheeled covered electrical bicycle with two seats and wing doors, which can tilt in a curve.

"Some years ago during my ERASMUS studies in Denmark, I got a call from a Danish friend and she asked me if I want to stop by for a glass of wine. It was in the middle of the night, rainy, windy, but why not and I said yes. I arrived freshly showered by the rain and totally frozen by the wind. At that moment I asked myself: Are there no covered bicycles out there? That was the moment when I had the idea of the SHARK-Bike."
(Paul Japek, Founder & CEO)

Engineering with passion & fun

In 2013 the first sketches were drawn and a few years later a small project became a professional Start-Up. Together with other engineers and designers we pushed the project forward and faced many challenges. Soon we will enter the next level, building our first prototype.

the advantages of a car and a bicycle.

# concept

The SHARK-Bike is a three-wheeled electrical bicycle with two seats, wing doors, and tilt function. It can significantly increase energy efficiency in the transport sector and therefore reduce CO2 emissions.

# energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions

Comparing the weight of an ordinary car (1.500kg), the SHARK-Bike is much lighter (75kg) and requires therefore much less energy. A SHARK-Bike can reduce 1,2 tons of CO2 emissions if it compensates an ordinary car that drives 10.000 km per year.

# 150km + limitless range

The three battery stacks will provide electrical support for 150 km and more (depending on driving conditions). However, even without electrical support, it will be possible to drive it like a bicycle without a range.

# no extra charging infrastructure required

The battery stacks are removable and can be charged at every plug socket. Due to the well widely spread electrical grid system all over the world, there is no extra charging infrastructure required.

# economic benefit

The financial costumers' benefit is quite clear. Lower acquisition costs, lower maintenance costs, no insurance costs, no parking costs, for the same services a small car provides. A way to reduce fixed costs for companies and private households.

# bike sharing

Bike-sharing services can be the next step for linking public and individual transport. Especially at train and metro stations, it can become the missing link of the last mile.


The story about Waynak, by the founder Marc Tabe in the interview for Labneh&Facts:

“ My father has played a big role in my life.

He’s an entrepreneur, and ever since I was a child, he shared with me his entrepreneurial spirit, the importance of risk culture, the drive to create new projects. I always wanted to become like him, but I needed some experience, so I started working in a bank, first in France, then in Switzerland. However, 9 years later, I got bored, I felt the need to do something else.
One day in the summer of 2014, I was at my friends’ house in Lebanon, we decided to order some food for dinner. The delivery guy took 1hour and a half to find the house, even after calling 8 times!
That was when I had an idea. I thought about creating a solution to fix this address-sharing problem we have, not only in Lebanon but also in ¾ of the countries in the world. It would be a real economic opportunity, and to me, a way to step out of my comfort zone and do what I always dreamed of doing: create my own project.

So when I came back to Switzerland, I started working on this idea: Waynak, an application that allows users to digitally create their address and share it! The advantage we have on other address-sharing solutions is that our users can create a complete address that includes the floor, the bloc, the interphone, a voice note, and a photo!

A year later, I left my job to work full-time on my project. I took the most irrational decision in my life: I decided to go back to Lebanon to launch my startup.

It’s been three years since I started working on Waynak in Beirut, but because of the situation in Lebanon, I decided to go back to France to develop my project. It’s easier to launch a startup there.

Above all, I hope I will be able to say that I helped people, that I made an impact here or anywhere else in the world. Sure, It would make me happy to tell myself that I made some profits, but what would truly make me happy is saying that I created jobs. I think Waynak can help me achieve this goal, and if not Waynak, I still have plenty of other ideas !”

Marc Tabet, 37, is the founder of Waynak, an application that allows people to share personalized addresses.



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