The Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation (QRDI) Council is partnering with Alchemist Accelerator, a world-leading venture builder focused on the development of early-stage business-to-business (B2B) startups, to launch Alchemist Doha – a first and exclusive MENA programme for tech startups.  

The partnership offers eligible B2B tech startups exclusive access to the top B2B Global Accelerator, offering exclusive access to Alchemists’ global network, resources, funding, and soft landing in Qatar.

Leveraging Alchemist’s wide global network and extensive support programmes, Alchemist Doha will identify global startups with promising founders, products, and early market traction to integrate them within Qatar’s local RDI ecosystem and will also support eligible local tech startups in Qatar to expand globally through Alchemist’s global network and services. 

By bringing promising global tech founders to Qatar and supporting promising local tech founders with a strong global network, Qatar’s tech startups scene will continue to grow and mature. Along with QRDI’s other new initiatives and programmes, such as Qatar Open Innovation and Technology Development Grant, as well as other existing longstanding initiatives focused on supporting scientific research and talent development in universities and national labs, QRDI aspires to develop a strong local RDI ecosystem through coordinated initiatives to strengthen innovation capabilities in the country across all domains: private sector – large and small companies, universities, and government.   

‘QRDI Council is committed to building a dynamic RDI ecosystem in Qatar, and Alchemist Doha stands as an important part of this mission,’ said Eng Omar A Al Ansari, Secretary General of QRDI Council. He added, ‘Our partnership with Alchemist boosts innovation by creating seeds for future tech-based industries, in alignment with QRDI 2030 Strategy and Qatar National Development Strategy.’

Ravi Belani, CEO and Founder of Alchemist Accelerator states: ‘Alchemist Accelerator brings unprecedented support to tech entrepreneurs. We are excited to partner with QRDI with the vision of launching a programme for tech entrepreneurs in MENA and emerging markets that includes helping them build solid sustainable roots here in Doha. This partnership will contribute to the emergence a of future global tech leaders and new tech industries based in Qatar.’


 

The Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council was established in 2018. The Council’s first mission was to develop a national strategy that would optimise RDI activities to realise the country’s goals and ambitions. This was accomplished at the end of 2019, with the Qatar Research, Development and Innovation Strategy 2030. The Council brings together prominent national and international figures from across government, industry and academia and draws on the wealth of knowledge and expertise of individuals from varied disciplines.

Alchemist Accelerator is a venture-backed accelerator focused on the development of seed-stage ventures that monetise from enterprises, whatever the business model. Alchemist backers include top corporate and venture capital funds, like Mayfield Fund, Khosla Ventures, Foundation Capital, BASF, NEC, Cisco, Siemens, GE, and Salesforce. 


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