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Innovation Mindset Education

QSTP fosters an Innovation Mindset by enabling students to experience the global tech innovation landscape and meet its key players, discover their potential…and expand their horizons. 

  • Silicon Valley Spring Break allow students to visit Silicon Valley’s world-leading innovation companies and new tech startup ventures – to learn, make contacts, and build networks.
  • The European Innovation Academy (EIA) Summer Program challenges participants to take a new venture to the market within 15 days, providing real-life experience of establishing a startup.
  • The Arab Innovation Academy, a partnership with European Innovation Academy (EIA), is a two-week bootcamp for students across the Arab region, providing real-world insight into developing and launching a tech-based venture.

Accelerators

QSTP XLR8

QSTP XLR8 is an intensive three-month, twice-yearly program designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with:

  • Training
  • Coaching
  • Mentorship

It has 3 core modules: Product-Market Fit, Customer Traction, and Investor Awareness

QSTP XLR8 enables participants to determine whether their idea has commercial potential and take a tech-based service/product from concept to prototype

Doha Dojo

Doha Dojo is an exclusive, international, and coveted QSTP-based accelerator program, in partnership with 500 Startups, offering intensive one-to-one training and mentoring to tech startups that are aiming to upscale.

Its methodology focuses on:

  • Customer Acquisition
  • Growth Hacking
  • Distribution
  • Referral Marketing and Retargeting
  • Content Marketing and SEO
  • UX and Conversion Optimization
  • Pitching to Investors

Research To Startup (RTS)

The Research To Startup (RTS) program is a QSTP initiative designed to facilitate the creation, acceleration, and scaling of startups that leverage QF-developed technologies.

RTS has 3 phases:

  1. Bootcamp: get to know the technology and develop global scaling concepts.
  2. Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) Program: create a fundable business case.
  3. Startup and Acceleration: build and team and execute a business model, with seed-stage investment from QSTP

Incubation

Local Startups

The QSTP Incubation Center is a tech-focused 12-month program aimed at accelerating the establishment and growth of promising Qatar-based tech startups, through:

  • Quick incorporation
  • Collaborative co-working space
  • Business facilitation
  • Access to a network of mentors, funding programs, training, and prototyping facilities
  • Through this program, startups focus on developing a product/service, acquiring early customers, and fundraising

Regional & International Startups

The Startup In Residence Program targets regional and international tech startups looking to develop solutions addressing local and regional needs, and tap into new markets. This ‘soft-landing’ opportunity offers:

  • Incubation space with company registration within the QSTP Free Zone.
  • Corporate partner support.
  • Access to a lead mentor and other QSTP programs.

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Funding

QSTP offers different funding vehicles for startups and private sector companies, designed to support the creation of an innovation ecosystem in Qatar.

Product Development Fund

  • Aimed at supporting private sector SMEs, spin-outs, and startups to develop new products/services or processes relevant to local market needs.
  • Provides selected companies with access to up to QAR1.4m in funding.
  • Beneficiaries focus on one of QSTP’s 4 priority industries: Energy, Environment, Healthcare, and ICT.

Tech Venture Fund

  • Enables tech founders and entrepreneurs to source seed-stage capital at the start of their innovation journey.
  • Designed to lower one of the key barriers to starting a tech company.
  • Supports graduates from accelerator programs, spin-outs from branch campuses/research institutes, and established and incubated tech startups.

Technology Development

Proof of Concept Fund

QSTP’s Proof of Concept Fund provides grants for Qatar-based researchers to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of their innovations, helping them move from the lab bench to the point where commercial investors are ready to back it.


Corporate Research Fund

The Corporate Research Program stimulates and directs the development of corporate-driven applied research activities. Its goal is to raise the level of corporate research and commercialization at QSTP and support the development of technologies relevant to Qatar’s economy and society.


For applications, FAQs, and eligibility criteria, please visit www.qstp.org.qa