The Education City Innovative Entrepreneurship Program – an initiative of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) – is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas that align with Qatar National Vision 2030.

Shortlisted applicants will be offered capacity-building training and kick-starter funding from the HBKU Innovation Center, the university’s innovation and entrepreneurship platform.

Long-term initiative for Qatar-based entrepreneurs

The 18-month programme is designed as a long-term annual initiative for entrepreneurs living in Qatar, and with an active Education City affiliation, to commercialise their business ideas. These should address the priority areas by falling into one of the five application themes: Progressive Education, Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, Precision Medicine, and Social Progress. Applications will be reviewed according to creativity, value creation and impact, and feasibility.

According to HBKU Innovation Director, Dr Nadir Yildirim, the Education City Innovative Entrepreneurship Program is part of the efforts to widen the reach of their ecosystem to be a facilitator for sustainable innovation in Qatar. He said that aspiring, high-potential innovators have the opportunity to gain the knowledge, resources and network to build their ideas.

We strongly encourage anyone with an innovative business idea different from conventional business models to apply, in particular, women entrepreneurs, students and researchers.

Accepted applicants will be given an opportunity to present their idea to a jury comprising academics, investors, and entrepreneurship and innovation agencies.

Twenty entrepreneurs selected as finalists will receive capacity-building training, which will include innovative entrepreneurship, systematic innovation, leadership, project writing, idea pitching, business model and business plan preparations. Participants will be able to benefit from the co-working space available at the HBKU Innovation Center.

Parallel with their capacity building training, the entrepreneurs will also prepare their projects to apply to the Kickstarter Fund. The fund will target five projects with a budget of up to QAR100,000 each. Each funded project will be invited to a ‘Demo Day’, an opportunity for the participating entrepreneurs to present their ideas to investors and secure an investment to scale up their businesses.

The deadline for this cycle is 1 April 2022. Eligible applicants should have a valid Qatar residence permit, a Qatar Foundation ID, and an innovative business idea.

For more information about the programme, visit innovation.hbku.edu.qa


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