ARAB INNOVATION ACADEMY

2 - 15 JANUARY, 2019 | DOHA, QATAR

Learn what it takes to become a global entrepreneur and take part of a life changing experience.

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Qatar Science & Technology Park

    

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), member of Qatar Foundation, is a Free Zone, accelerator, and incubator for tech-product development in Qatar. The park fosters an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Qatar that works to accelerate commercialization of market-ready technologies to realize Qatar’s national diversification drive.

QSTP’s focus ranges across four overarching themes, comprising Energy, Environment, Health Sciences, and Information & Communication Technologies, in line with the Qatar National Research Strategy announced in 2012.

Located in Qatar Foundation's Education City, QSTP has access to the vital resources of a cluster of leading research universities. Members of QSTP’s Free Zone include SMEs, international corporations, and research institutions. They are collectively committed to investing in new technology development programs, creating intellectual property, enhancing technology management skills, and developing innovative new products.

QSTP supports QF’s economic and human development objectives for Qatar, and is increasingly recognized as an international hub for applied research, innovation, incubation, and entrepreneurship.

For more information, please visit the QSTP website.

EVENT TIMELINE

The accelerated mode of learning turns an idea into a start-up in only 10 days

PRE-WEEK

GETTING READY

Ideation Webinar
Showcase Your Startup Idea to Become the New Unicorn
Say “Hi” To Your Co-participants by Using The EIA Platform
Meet & Talk to EIA’s Chatbot - The Growby
Check Other Ideas in the EIA Program

WEEK 1

CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCT SPRINT

Promoting Your Idea
Survival Guide & Experiments for Entrepreneurs
Multicultural Team Management
5 Ways to Create 100M Business & Disrupting Industries
Google Tools Exploitation
Customer Persona Design
B2B & B2C Innovation Systems
Business Model Global Scalability
Growth Hacking Strategies
MVP Prototyping

WEEK 2

MARKETING CAMPAIGN & PRODUCT SPRINT

Go-To-Market Plan
Marketing & Distribution Channels
SEO & Google AdWords Campaign
UX/ UI Design
1000 Customer Acquisition in 100 hours
Product Hackathon with Software Experts
PR & Branding
Finance & Funding Strategies
Crowdfunding Campaign
IP Clinics with TOP Silicon Valley Experts
Pitch Like a Boss!
Fireside Chat with Early Stage Investors

150
Participants
30
Nationalities
30
New Startups
50
Speakers and mentors

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

    

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world.  Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

QF’s work encompasses education, research and community development.  World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences.  The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa

TESTIMONIALS

  

Rick Rasmussen

UC Berkeley
We take the students from all over the world and put them through The Process. The process of forming teams, coming up with ideas, taking those ideas through steps like customer validation, trying to figure out weather their idea is interesting or unique enough, tying to find out what their business-cases look like and eventually presenting their idea in front of the panel of investors. The whole idea is to provide a mindset how to go ahead and become an entrepreneur as well as all the tools you need to go ahead and take an idea from concept into implementation.

Aya AbuDoleh

Jordan University of Science and Technology
I was honoured to participate in the first edition of the Arab Innovation Academy. Words can't be enough to describe the great experience the accelerated process and the most awesome people I've met. I can tell that I actually left with a new mindset, new vision and million of new skills.

Ken Singer

UC Berkeley
A fantastic program for people who are exploring the possibility of starting their own company. The program mimics the exact process that an actual entrepreneur would go through. You learn really quickly what you are really good at and what are the things you need to work on. You cant read it in a book. Experiential learning allows you to make these decisions on your own so you start realizing it is not that easy.

Martin Omander

Google
In the programs of Innovation Academy the development of technology is a social thing. Magic happens when you put a diverse group into a room together to work on a common idea. The students are doing the same as accelerators try to do in 3-6 months and I am amazed of how much comes out and how many projects are actually working after such a short time. Impressive!

Ravi Belani

Alchemist Accelerator
The programs of Innovation Academy are destinctive on a couple of dimensions: the first - they are truly experiential. The best way to learn entrepreneurship is to get out of the classroom and jump into immersive experience. And secondly the cultural experience during these three weeks is also incredible. You are working with cross-cultural teams from different backgrounds that bring a diverse set of experiences - it can be really important from the business perspective, but more importantly its just a lot of fun!

Tiffine Wang

UC Berkeley
You are in a place where you are mixed with people from all over the world and its not predictable. And you are really learning how to learn and how to adjust to something competely different. You are getting out of the classroom and recieveing a life-changing experience.

The Playbook

The Program Playbook is guiding the participants on daily basis to follow the steps of startup creation and innovation.

Growby the bot

The First-of-its-kind AI Chatbot Growby is to launch startups in our program. Growby is the virtual assistant and mentor helping the teams in task completion before, during and after the program.

Customer validation

Startups in the program are validating their ideas as early as possible to avoid spending time and money on building a product nobody wants. The teams step out of their comfort zones and really meet their potential customers in the streets of Italy.

Startup expo

Startups present their ideas and solutions to all other participants, mentors and visitors at a public Startup EXPO fair. The teams need to pitch their product and answer questions to get valuable feedback from industry professionals and their peers.

The Playbook
Growby the bot
Customer validation
Startup expo

Resources

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