Arab Innovation Academy


Doha, Qatar, December 31, 2017: Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), kicked off the first edition of its Arab Innovation Academy (AIA) today, hosting almost 150 young entrepreneurs and innovators from across Qatar and the region.
The AIA, taking place at the Education City Student Center, is a collaboration between QSTP and the European Innovation Academy (EIA), a non-profit educational institution recognized  for excellence in tech entrepreneurship. It aims to provide future
entrepreneurs with an opportunity to work under the guidance of leading Silicon Valley mentors and establish a start-up in just 10 days.
Dr. Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, QF R&D, said: “The Arab Innovation Academy is a hugely important pan- Arab initiative aimed at supporting young tech entrepreneurs currently striving to get a foothold in the start-up arena. The outcomes of this pioneering program will actively contribute to the diversification of the regional economy and the sustainable success of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the area.”
The opening of the AIA was attended by Dr. Maher Hakim, Executive Director, QSTP, and Alar Kolk, President, EIA. Dr. Hakim said: “We are delighted to welcome such a diverse cohort of young entrepreneurs to this inaugural AIA program, representing the pan-Arab tech landscape. This dynamic innovation training has been specifically designed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset among the region’s youth and to provide a solid foundation for
them to successfully launch a start-up.”
The two-week innovation program received applications from 68 students from top universities in Qatar, along with 142 students from regional universities in countries including Algeria, Palestine,Lebanon, Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and Kuwait.
Alar Kolk, President, EIA, commented: “The people at QSTP have been an essential part of our programs in Europe. They have provided input in order to develop a carefully tailored
methodology. The first edition of the AIA program is just the beginning of our common goal to nurture local tech ecosystems and contribute to the sustainability and diversification of Qatar’s economy. By serving as an advocate of the AIA program across the region, QSTP is a future-orientated champion.”

Initiative is a Collaboration Between QF R&D Member and European Innovation Academy
As part of the AIA initiative, participants will be introduced to an accelerated mode of experiential learning, including how to develop and launch new tech ventures in a real marketplace with genuine customer feedback.
Throughout the two-week program, participants will leverage an extensive global network comprising top experts in the field of tech entrepreneurship, who will introduce them to cuttingedge research methods developed by leading universities and companies, including University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; Google; and Amadeus IT Group. The academy will also host international mentors, speakers, and investors, including
those from Silicon Valley.
The first day of the AIA gathering included a ‘Fireside Chat’ where EIA alumni, including Shayanne Wright, Deeksah Sighn, and Bilal Attar, spoke about their start-up journeys.
For more information on the Arab Innovation Academy, please visit:
ENDS Qatar Science & Technology Park
Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), 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.

“Initiative is a Collaboration Between QF R&D Member and European Innovation Academy.”

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 R&D’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 at
Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QFR&D)
Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) is chargedwith the Qatar National Research Strategy, dedicated to making Qatar a leading centre for research and development excellence and innovation. QF R&D is home to Qatar National Research
Fund, a leading scientific research funding organization, andQatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), an international hub for technology innovation and commercialization.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody
Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects,
European Innovation Academy
The European Innovation Academy is a non-profit educational
institution recognized for excellence in tech entrepreneurship
and methodology designed and developed together with the
representatives of the Silicon Valley universities and companies UC
Berkeley, Stanford University, Google and Amadeus. For further
information visit
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