HBKU concludes workshops on innovative entrepreneurship

Participants of the ceremony with officials.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently concluded its innovative entrepreneurship program capacity building workshop with a certification ceremony attended by guests from across the Qatar Foundation (QF). The workshops are part of the capacity building component of the 18-month Education City (EC) Innovative Entrepreneurship 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 Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), both part of HBKU and QF partner university, Georgetown. University in Qatar (GUQ), Texas A&M Qatar (TAMUQ), and Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q).
Focused on helping them advance their entrepreneurial ideas and projects, intensive training workshops were delivered by academics from the EC community including HBKU’s College of Law and College of Islamic Studies, Qatar’s HEC Paris, Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). , and Qatar. Business Incubation Center (QBIC). They provide theoretical knowledge and practical tools covering innovative entrepreneurship, systemic innovation, leadership, project writing, idea pitching, business model and business plan preparation, as well as intellectual property (IP) protection.
Commenting after the certification ceremony, HBKU’s Innovation Director Dr. Nadir Yildirim said: “It was rewarding to work with the candidates during this workshop and see them develop a clear understanding of how to take their innovations forward. This has been the vision of the Education City Innovative Entrepreneurship Program from the beginning; To give aspiring entrepreneurs unparalleled access to knowledge, resources and networks to unlock their innovation potential. The program brings these innovators out of the lab and classroom to systematically realize the benefits of an ecosystem built to drive innovation.”
Dr. Nadir added: “The work of the Innovation Center is a tangible result of HBKU’s institutional commitment to developing innovative research and business models that have strong potential for growth. This is part of a deliberate focus to strengthen the innovation ecosystem both within and outside HBKU.”
Commenting on behalf of the MentorMe project group members, Maha Al Marri said: “We are honored to be part of this program and complete the workshops, which have had a significant impact on our startup project. We are eager to implement our project and work to support students transitioning from high school to university.”
Parallel to their capacity building training, entrepreneurs are preparing their projects to apply to HBKU’s newly launched Entrepreneurship Program Fund (EPF). Participants will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas at an upcoming ‘Demo Day’ in mid-2023.
The EPF aims to support QF entrepreneurs with broadly industry-driven innovations and foster local capacity, responsiveness and private initiative.

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