Oct 10, 2020 by Qanect
Qatar FinTech Hub announces 24 FinTechs selected to take part in the first Wave of the Incubator and Accelerator Programs which will run from October until December
Qatar FinTech Hub (QFTH), co-founded by Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and established to support the growth of the FinTech industry in Qatar, has announced the final list of successful FinTechs set to join Wave-1 of its Incubator and Accelerator Programs. Both Programs are set to start on 14th October and will run until December 2020.
In April 2020, QFTH unveiled its Wave-1 rigorous 12-week programs, designed to cater to both local and global FinTech entrepreneurs and startups looking for a launchpad from Qatar to the world, and to accelerate their growth at an international level.
During the last two months, QFTH received more than 750 applications from early stage and mature FinTechs in Qatar and 72 other countries including USA, UK, Australia, India, Singapore, Turkey, Nigeria, Germany, Russia and Indonesia.
Following a thorough and multilevel evaluation process, the top 55 FinTechs were invited to present their solutions via virtual pitch days. Shortlisted FinTechs covered a variety of areas such as Payment Services, Mobile Payments, SME Solutions, KYC Solutions, B2B Payments, IOT Based Payment and Wallet among others.
The virtual pitch days were judged by a panel of representatives from QFTH stakeholders and strategic partners. The esteemed panel included QDB, Qatar Central Bank (QCB), Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), Ernst & Young, The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Visa, Mastercard, Microsoft, Qatar Islamic Bank, Masraf Al Rayan, Dukhan Bank, Qatar International Islamic Bank, Doha Bank and Qatar National Bank. The panel evaluations were based on solution strength and uniqueness, traction, team capabilities, and fitment and impact potential for Qatari market for each of the shortlisted FinTechs.
The eleven selected early stage FinTechs for the Incubator program are:
The thirteen selected mature FinTechs for the Accelerator program are:
Commenting on the awaited start of the programs, Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa, CEO of QDB and Chairman of Qatar FinTech Hub, said: “I would like to congratulate all the innovative entrepreneurs who will be joining the Programs, for their deserved success and in being part of one of the most promising initiatives in the region. This Wave will pave the way for aspiring entrepreneurs who will be leading the next generation. QFTH’s leading programs are another tribute to QDB's strategy in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, focused on promoting the growth of the private sector in key economic sectors, and with the aim of building a diversified and sustainable economy.”
“The large number of quality applications from all over the world is a strong testament of the trust that QFTH has quickly gained with the FinTech community worldwide. The initiation of Wave-1 of QFTH’s Incubator and Accelerator programs will certainly mark the beginning of a new stage of all participating FinTechs, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact of the programs and the growth of the shortlisted FinTechs in Qatar and around the world.” concluded Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa.
Each participating FinTech will receive financial support, in addition to bespoke mentoring and training services provided by QFTH, its strategic partners and mentors.
Upon the completion of the programs, eligible participants will also be referred to QCB’s Sandbox where they will receive support on licensing needs in Qatar, in addition to benefiting from a fee waiver on registration. Licensing opportunities from QFC as well as the opportunity to collaborate with over 16 local financial institutions and regulators, and range of business development opportunities on the global scale will also be made available to the successful FinTechs.
As part of its commitment to offer world-class expertise to participating FinTechs, QFTH has collaborated with local and international institutions including financial institutions, technology and service providers, payment networks, academic institutions, regulators, in addition partnering with other FinTech hubs from Singapore, UK, Turkey, Australia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria and Sweden.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic-related global situation, Wave-1 of both the Incubator and Accelerator programs will be conducted virtually. The programs will culminate with a Demo Day in December, where representatives from each of the participating FinTechs will showcase their innovations to QFTH partners, industry influencers and potential investors.
For more information about QFTH, visit www.fintech.qa
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