Jul 27, 2020 by Qanect
The EntelaQ Pre-Accelerator program will prepare entrepreneurs for Qatar SportsTech’s Accelerator program by helping them build their idea and gain traction
Qatar SportsTech (QST), a leading startup accelerator and hub for innovative sportstech companies in Qatar, has announced the launch of its new Pre-Accelerator program, EntelaQ. EntelaQ will prepare entrepreneurs, or teams residing in Qatar for QST’s upcoming fourth cohort of its highly anticipated Accelerator program.
EntelaQ, which reflects the Arabic meaning of the word launch, is QST’s newest program and is aimed at local entrepreneurs, nationals or residents, with an innovative sportstech idea or prototype which fits QST’s thesis that includes innovations that support the Athlete & Team; Fan & Viewer; Mega Sports Events; and E-Sports.
EntelaQ will launch virtually this year on 22nd July, and the recruitment process for the program will remain open until the end of October.
On 30th October, the much-awaited Selection Day will be held to select the top 10 startups from the shortlisted applicants that will join EntelaQ which the program is set start on 15th November.
Commenting on the launch of EntelaQ, Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Mannai, Executive Director of Advisory & Incubation at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), QST’s founding partner, said, “We encourage all sportstech entrepreneurs with great ideas or prototypes to leverage the myriad of opportunities available to them with QST, and benefit from its extensive learning and development program”. QDB is working diligently to bring the best local, regional, and international expertise to help promote entrepreneurs’ skills and support their development.
Heba Almasri, Managing Director at QST, commented, “We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Pre-Accelerator program, and are looking forward to working with budding entrepreneurs to prepare them for our upcoming cohort of the Accelerator program. This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to develop the local entrepreneurial ecosystem by developing the start-up, onboarding mentors, and creating an investor community. We look forward to engaging with other local entities as we transform the sports industry.”
EntelaQ aims to develop and accelerate the entrepreneurship journey and to help entrepreneurs, whether in teams or individually, develop their skills and to recognize business opportunities, kick-start their ideas from concept to launch, and implement their businesses in the local market. Participating entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to meet potential co-founders and other like-minded individuals, and get access to QST’s strategic partners, mentors, and investors.
The 12-week part-time program will run for two days a week and will engage entrepreneurs in guest lectures and specialized workshops, providing one-on-one coaching sessions with QST’s program managers and specialists, as well as keynotes and inspirational talks by leading local and international mentors.
Selected entrepreneurs will be able to participate in local events including Hackathons, the region’s top digital event, QITCOM, and local conferences including GES, GIS, and many others. Entrepreneurs will be scouted by QST throughout various industry events and the ones with the best ideas or prototype will be recruited to join EntelaQ.
Furthermore, entrepreneurs with pioneering ideas can also apply by visiting the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TSEnz6NiIQPNytbSRMaxe1xwn114lRkdRZ_07tZpjQA/viewform?edit_requested=true, or QST website: https://qatarsportstech.com/.
On the Selection Day, all entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their idea in front of QST and its partners in order to be selected amongst the top 10 winning teams or entrepreneurs who will join the first cohort of the program.
In 2019, Qatar SportsTech won the ‘Most Innovative Company’ award at the QFC’s 2019 Qatar Business Awards ceremony, which recognized QST’s commitment to innovation and the future of the SportsTech industry in Qatar and beyond.
Qatar SportsTech is initiated by QDB, powered by Startupbootcamp, and supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, beIN Media Group, Aspire Zone Foundation, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
Sportstech entrepreneurs who are interested in applying are advised to visit https://qatarsportstech.com/ to find out more about the requirements and how to apply.
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