Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), Qatar’s primary accelerator and incubator for technology development, has opened registration for the fourth cycle of ‘QSTP Accelerator’, the organisation’s pioneering business incubation, training and mentorship initiative.

‘QSTP Accelerator’, which runs over three months, aims to help budding entrepreneurs in Qatar transform their ideas into viable commercial ventures, addressing trending needs in the local and international markets.

Set to commence in September this year, registration for the programme is open to individuals residing in Qatar who require mentoring, funding and physical space to grow their technology-based ideas. Interested innovators and entrepreneurs are urged to submit their applications before 15 May.

Hamad Al Kuwari, QSTP’s Managing Director, said:

QSTP Accelerator’ addresses an increasing demand for innovative technology-based entrepreneurship ventures in Qatar and the wider region. The commercialisation of technology-based innovations is a strategic focus for QSTP, addressing the needs of the local and international markets in one of many areas, including Energy, Environment, Health Sciences, and Information and Communication Technologies. ‘

He continued:

QSTP takes a unique approach to conducting its incubation programme, which not only focuses on technical training and education, but also helps participants evaluate the commercial viability and social impact of their inventions. We work with various institutions in Qatar and beyond to ensure the programme is delivered in a creative and interactive manner. We are delighted to announce the next round, and we invite aspiring entrepreneurs to join us and actively contribute to Qatar’s growing entrepreneurship ecosystem.’

The programme has facilitated a number of innovative projects in the past across numerous sectors, including digital media, technology, health and fitness, education, and entertainment. ‘MaktApp’, a project led by a rising Qatari entrepreneur, Saleh Al Mansoori, was showcased previously, receiving considerable recognition from experts and investors. The project offers a portfolio of cloud services as an all-in-one business solution for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Interested applicants should submit their applications through QSTP’s website. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a series of interviews, which will include delivering a five-minute presentation.

The initiative supports Qatar Foundation Research and Development’s (QF R&D) dedication to nurturing and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Qatar. In 2015, an array of technology innovators successfully completed the programme.

For more information and to complete the registration, visit qstp.org.qa/home/support-programs/accelerator.