The Education City Innovative Entrepreneurship Program aims to support innovative entrepreneurs in Qatar Foundation, the development of an entrepreneurship ecosystem and the realization of innovative business ideas. This program is designed as a long-term initiative in which entrepreneurs in Qatar Foundation will commercialize their business ideas that address the priority areas within the ? Qatar Vision 2030. The shortlisted entrepreneurs will then be offered capacity building training and funding opportunities.
The target audience of this program are candidates who have an innovative business idea different from conventional business models and who have an active Education City (EC) affiliation. Priority will be given to women entrepreneurs, students, and researchers in the target audience segment.
Applications will be received online via the related web page.
This program is run in partnership with Qatar Development Bank (QDB), a leading entity that fosters entrepreneurship and SME development in Qatar.
Entrepreneurs who pass the evaluation will receive capacity building training workshops that aim to equip participants with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to effectively develop and execute their innovative business ideas. Training topics including but not limited to: innovative entrepreneurship, systematic innovation, leadership, project writing, idea pitching, business model and business plan preparations.
While the entrepreneurs are taking capacity building trainings, they will prepare business plans to apply for the Entrepreneurship Program Fund (EPF) offered by HBKU Innovation Center. This fund is targeted to grant five projects with budgets up to QAR 100,000 for each.
To apply for the EC Innovative Entrepreneurship Program, interested candidates must submit online application of innovative business idea via related web link. Application should cover the following categories: Idea Summary, Problems/Challenges, Solution, Market Analysis, Team, Entrepreneurial Experience.
The innovative business idea must address priority areas within the Qatar Vision 2030. It is preferably to address one or more of the following QF strategic priority themes:
In order to consider application for review and evaluation, it must be submitted along with the following supporting documents:
Applications that do not meet eligibility criteria, will not be considered for review.
Education City Innovative Entrepreneurship Program is designed as an 18-month program that will be conducted annually.
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