The programme aims to encourage the establishment of a private sector assistive technologies market and increase awareness among innovators

Qatar Assistive Technology Center (Mada), in line with its mission to support community initiatives and help create an accessible, inclusive society, officially launched its innovation programme on 29 January. The Mada Innovation Programme is designed to facilitate private sector innovation, entrepreneurship and promotion of international best practices within the field of assistive technology (AT) and accessibility in Qatar through a combination of grant programmes.

The programme will provide a mechanism and bring relevant innovative assistive technology products and services to the local market, while simultaneously supporting potential local and international innovators interested in developing assistive technology solutions for the Arab market. To achieve this, Mada has introduced a combination of grant programmes to inspire three innovators including the Mada Award, the Entrepreneur Grant and the Mada Direct Grant.

Maha Al Mansouri, CEO, Mada, said:

We are committed to assisting PWD and utilising the power of ICT to enable them to live their best, independent life. As such, we have launched this opportunity, not only to support Qatar’s PWD community, but also the innovator and entrepreneur community. We encourage anyone with ideas, big or small, to approach us, and work with us. Our aim is to create an environment of innovation and to work with incubation centers to bring these ideas and innovations to life.”

Applicants can email to [email protected].