Mahara Capital is TUMO center for creative technologies Master Franchisee in the Middle East. TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is an intensive after-school program for teenagers focused on advanced design and technology skills. It was initially created in Yerevan, Armenia by three Lebanese Armenian innovators: a highly successful US-based tech entrepreneur, a Columbia University trained education expert, and an MIT software engineer specialized in AI. Architect Bernard Khoury designed the center’s unique facilities and workstations, reflecting TUMO’s open and flexible education philosophy.
The highly innovative program, combining techniques borrowed from video games with a leading edge learning-by-doing approach, creates a learning experience that is fun and engaging while achieving advanced learning outcomes. Apps, animations, movies, music compositions and design products created by TUMO students have won top awards, attracted millions of views, launched teenage startups, and gone viral on the web and social media.
Since its inception in 2011, TUMO has grown exponentially. Over 20,000 students attend TUMO centers every week, and the program has spread beyond Armenia. TUMO Paris, founded in partnership with the Municipality of Paris and located inside the Forum des Halles, caters to over 1,000 students. New centers are also opening in Germany and other European countries, as well as in the United States, Russia and beyond. TUMO Beirut, with a capacity of 1,500 students is the network’s first center in the Middle East.
TUMO’s board includes top current and former executives from companies such as Pixar, Twitter, Nvidia, Disney, and Uber. The center has been covered by leading media outlets including CNN, Eurovision, Al Jazeera, Arte, and others. Celebrities and political leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, actors George Clooney and John Malkovich, and singers Charles Aznavour and Kanye West have visited TUMO centers, and We Demain magazine named TUMO one of the world’s 10 most innovative schools, along with other leading institutions such as the Silicon Valley-based AltSchool, the Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo and the Steve Jobs Schools.