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Qatar Science & Technology Park concludes second Accelerator Programme for aspiring entrepreneurs

Qatar Science & Technology Park concludes second Accelerator Programme for aspiring entrepreneurs

Qatar’s primary incubator for technology development, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), hosted the second Demo Day for its flagship three-month long ‘Accelerator Programme’ on 18th January.

The initiative is aimed at bridging the gap between research and commercialisation, while facilitating the transformation of inspiring ideas into feasible products that address various market demands. Providing entrepreneurs in Qatar with comprehensive training that helps them turn an idea into a prototype, QSTP’s ‘Accelerator Programme’ is part of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s (QF) unique approach to research and development.

In collaboration with key programme partners, including Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy’s ‘Challenge 22’ initiative, nine participants underwent robust training under the supervision of seasoned business and technology experts.

Offering innovative solutions to trending business needs, such as media technology, personal life, health and fitness, education, and entertainment, the second Demo Day featured nine innovative projects. These included ‘V3V’, ‘Tweet Mogaz’, ‘Aingel’, ‘Gamified Self’, ‘Metis’, ‘EcoGym’, ‘Ergonomic T-Shirt’, ‘MaktApp’, and ‘Braille Touch’.

As such, a number of innovative entrepreneurial ideas were presented at the event, including ‘TweetMogaz’, a news portal that generates news from social media posts of individual users. It aims to report unique news stories in real-time, measure public opinion, and open new dimensions around the utilisation of social media. ‘MaktApp’, a project developed by a group of bright Qataris and pitched by Saleh Al Mansoori, offers a portfolio of cloud services as an all-in-one business solution for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). ‘Metis’, a project designed by students at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, offers a comprehensive and creative solution to academic planning for undergraduate students, while ‘Braille Touch’ aids reading for the visually impaired through the use of existing touch devices.

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