HBKU concludes workshops on innovative entrepreneurship

Participants attend the certification ceremony with officials.

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently concluded a capacity building workshop for its innovation and entrepreneurship programme with an accreditation ceremony in the presence of guests from across the Qatar Foundation (QF). The workshops were part of the capacity building component of the 18-month Education City (EC) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme, which selected 15 candidates in the first round.
Innovators participating in the programme include faculty, scientists, students and senior management representing QF, the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) (both part of HBKU) and QF partner university Georgetown University Staff Qatar University (GUQ), Texas A&M Qatar University (TAMUQ) and Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar (WCM-Q).
Focused on helping them advance their entrepreneurial ideas and projects, intensive training workshops are delivered by academics from the EC community, including HBKU School of Law and Islamic Studies, HEC Paris Qatar, Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and Qatar Enterprise Incubation Center (QBIC). These provide theoretical knowledge and practical tools covering innovation and entrepreneurship, systems innovation, leadership, project writing, idea pitching, business model and business plan preparation, and intellectual property (IP) protection.
Commenting after the accreditation ceremony, Dr Nadir Yildirim, Director of Innovation at HBKU, commented: “It is very rewarding to work with candidates during these workshops and see that they have a clear vision of how to advance their innovations. It is educational The vision of the City Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program from the beginning; to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with unparalleled knowledge, resources and networks to unlock their innovative potential. The program takes these innovators out of labs and classrooms to master aspiring entrepreneurs The benefits of an ecosystem created by systematically driving innovation.”
Dr Nadir added: “The work of the Innovation Hub is a tangible result of HBKU’s institutional commitment to incubate innovative research and business models with strong growth potential. It is part of a deliberate focus on strengthening the innovation ecosystem within and outside HBKU.”
Commenting on behalf of the MentorMe project team members, Maha Al Marri said: “We are honoured to be part of the programme and to complete workshops that have had a significant impact on our start-up project. We are eager to implement our project and work hard to help with the transition from high school to university s student.”
Entrepreneurs have been preparing their projects to apply for HBKU’s newly launched Entrepreneurship Program Fund (EPF) while undergoing capacity building training. Participants will have the opportunity to present their ideas at an upcoming Demo Day in mid-2023.
The broad goals of the EPF are to support QF entrepreneurs in industry-driven innovation and to enhance local capacity, responsiveness and private enterprise.

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