Participants in the ceremony confirmed with the officials.
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) concluded the Innovative Entrepreneurship Program Capacity Building Workshops with a certification ceremony recently in the presence of guests from all over the Qatar Foundation (QF). The workshops were part of the capacity building component of the Education City’s (CE) 18-month Innovative Enterprise Programme, which selected 15 candidates in the first round.
Innovators participating in the program include faculty, scientists, students, and senior administrators representing QF, the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Qatar Environmental and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), which is part of HBBKU, and QF partner universities, Georgetown University in Qatar (GUQ), Texas A&M Qatar (TAMUQ), and Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q).
Aimed at helping them promote their entrepreneurial ideas and projects, the intensive training workshops were provided by academics from the EC community including HBKU’s College of Law and College of Islamic Studies, HEC Paris in Qatar, Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), and Qatar. Business Incubation Center (QBIC). These provided theoretical knowledge and practical tools covering innovative entrepreneurship, systematic innovation, leadership, project writing, idea presentation, business model and business plan preparation, as well as intellectual property (IP) protection.
Speaking after the confirmation ceremony, Dr. Nadir Yildirim, Director of Innovation at HBKU: “It was a great pleasure to work with the candidates during these workshops and to see them develop a clear understanding of how to bring their innovations forward. This was the vision of the Education City Innovative Enterprise Program from the beginning; providing unmatched access to knowledge, resources and networks to entrepreneurs seeking to unleash their innovation potential. The program brought these innovators out of the labs and classrooms to understand the benefits of an ecosystem created to systematically drive innovation.”
Dr. Nadir: “The work of the Innovation Center is a tangible result of HBKU’s institutional commitment to fostering innovative research and business models with strong growth potential. It is part of a deliberate focus on strengthening the innovation ecosystem within and beyond HBKU.”
Speaking on behalf of the MentorMe project group members, Maha Al Marri said: “We are honored to be part of this program and to have completed the workshops, which had a significant impact on our startup project. We are eager to implement our project and work to help students transitioning from high school to university.”
At the same time as their capacity building training, the entrepreneurs are preparing their project to apply for HPKU’s newly launched Enterprise Program Fund (EPF). Participants will have the opportunity to express their ideas at the upcoming ‘Demo Day’ in mid-2023.
The EPF is generally focused on supporting QF entrepreneurs with industry-driven innovations, and increasing local capacity, responsiveness, and private enterprise.