🔎 What is the “Start for Good” Startup Bootcamp?

The “Start for Good” Startup Bootcamp is a 2-week free online program organized by Carnegie Mellon University Qatar in partnership with the European Innovation Academy and QRDI. It’s designed to develop entrepreneurial and innovative human capital in Qatar, focusing on solving impactful global problems.

🔎 When does the Bootcamp take place?

The Bootcamp begins online on January 29th, 2024, followed by two weeks of virtual sessions. The on-site Demo Day in Doha, Qatar is scheduled for February 10th, 2024.

The Bootcamp runs on specific days with structured sessions including keynotes, mentoring sessions, and independent teamwork:

  • Day 1 (29.01): Focus on problem identification and ideation / 17:00 to 20:30 (UTC +3).
  • Day 2 (30.01): Customer and market analysis / 17:00 to 20:30 (UTC +3).
  • Day 3 (1.02): Business model and go-to-market strategy / 17:00 to 20:30 (UTC +3).
  • Day 4 (4.02): Product and prototype development / 17:00 to 20:30 (UTC +3).
  • Day 5 (6.02): Marketing strategies / 17:00 to 20:30 (UTC +3).
  • Day 6 (9.02): On site sessions for pitch refinement / 13:00 (UTC +3).
  • Day 7 (10.02): Expo Day culminating with the Top 10 teams demo (UTC +3).

🔎 Who can participate in the Bootcamp?

Teams comprising two Qatar local students from Qatar Universities and one student from another country are eligible to participate in this free startup bootcamp.

🔎 What are the Bootcamp’s strategic objectives?

The program aims to develop an entrepreneurial and innovation mindset among students and young professionals, identify market opportunities, and focus on global challenges relevant to emerging markets. 

🔎 How can I find a missing team member for the Bootcamp?

To find a missing team member:

  • Join the EIA “Start For Good Startup Bootcamp Talent Connect” group on LinkedIn! Share your innovative ideas to find like-minded people to team up with or join someone else’s team to start building something impactful. 
  • University Connections: Start with your own university. Post on notice boards or share in class groups. Your ideal teammate might be just around the corner!
  • Social Media Outreach: Use your own connections on platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. A simple post about your start-up idea, team, or what you’re looking for can reach far and wide. Post it on your own feed, in a group, or send personal messages to potential candidates. Don’t forget to use hashtags related to startups and innovation to increase visibility on the posts.
  • Networking: Keep an eye out for (virtual) events, workshops, or talks related to entrepreneurship and innovation. These are great for meeting individuals with similar goals.
  • Online Forums: Join forums or groups dedicated to startups and innovation. Sites like Reddit or specialized innovation forums can be goldmines for finding passionate individuals.
  • Ask for Referrals: Sometimes, a recommendation from a friend or colleague can lead you to the perfect team member. Spread the word within your personal and professional networks.

Read more about finding a perfect teammate from our blog.

🔎 What are the key components of the Bootcamp?

The Bootcamp includes customer discovery, teamwork, market analysis, product and prototype development, marketing strategies, and business model scaling.

🔎 What happens on the Demo Day?

On Demo Day, 10 selected teams will pitch their startup ideas to a panel of industry leaders, investors, and judges. This event combines both physical and virtual participation.

🔎 What is Startup Expo?

Startup Expo is the part of the program where students pitch their innovative ideas to mentors and investors. It’s an opportunity to receive valuable feedback, engage in insightful discussions, and be evaluated for a spot in the top 10.

🔎 What resources will be provided during the Bootcamp?

Resources include mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, educational content, team-working sessions, and support for pitch and presentation development.

🔎 How can international students participate?

International students from emerging markets can apply and participate virtually in the Bootcamp and the Demo Day.

🔎 How much does the participation cost?

This unique online startup bootcamp is 100% free for the participants.

If you have your team together, submit your participation application here. Hurry up, the team applications will close on January 15th, 2024!