For residents of the Pan-Arab Region only.

3 - 12 January 2023

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.


The accelerated mode of learning turns an idea into a start-up

WEEK 1&2


Ideation Activities (problem submission, discussion)
Team Formation

WEEK 3&4


Customer Discovery
Customer Validation



Market Discovery
Market Validation

WEEK 6&7


Your first product features
Paper & Digital Prototyping

WEEK 8&9


Marketing Campaign Design
Campaign Launch



Business Model Management
Finance & Funding Strategies

WEEK 10, 12&13


Startup Expo - elevator pitch your idea for the first time
Contact VCs and Present Your Idea
Live stage pitch

New Startups
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



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

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.

Hands-on entrepreneurial experience

Have you ever started a business? AIA gives you the appropriate knowledge, mindset, and skills to launch a startup. After graduation, each participant has the core skills to go from an idea to a startup. AIA's methodology relies on the knowledge of our experienced mentors and experts with one foot in industry and another in the classroom. All students also get access to Epiprodux software, which is the most modern product management tool with real-time market data and experiments library.

Hyper personalized learning

Competitive work environments are pushing you to learn and improve your core skills in your academic discipline. That's why AIA created a hyper-personalized program! Throughout the program, you receive materials and feedback designed for your area of expertise. 

International experience 

AIA offers a global perspective through international collaboration within the MENA region. 200 students from 10+ countries come together to solve big problems, while being guided by international mentors from across the globe. 

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