Challenge 22 opens the door for startups, helping them to develop their product and take it to market. It targets inventions and solutions that can enhance the fan experience and accessibility at mega-events – such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – and benefit Qatar and the region.
The programme was launched in 2015 as a competition for budding entrepreneurs, innovators and pioneers across the Arab world. It has evolved to quickly bring solutions to life by partnering startups with investors and stakeholders.
As the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s flagship innovation programme, we are seeking global talent, with a focus on the Arab region.
Implementation and global exposure
Implement and showcase your product at local, regional and international events held in Qatar.
The chance to receive grant funding to implement, pilot or operate your innovative solutions.
Support to operate your startup and establish a presence in Qatar.
Receive coaching and mentoring support from leading industry and subject-matter experts.
Connect with potential investors and clients from a wide range of fields for business collaboration.
Retention of equity and IP
Receive equity-free grant funding and retain exclusive ownership of all intellectual property (IP) rights.
Exciting startups share their Challenge 22 experience
Does your startup have what it takes to join Challenge 22?
Challenge 22 in Numbers
Challenge 22 began in
Innovators from 10 Arab countries
Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the UAE
in grant funds awarded to startups
Global partners make Challenge 22 possible
Tourists can discover what’s happening in the local community, based upon their interests.
Watch highlights and see your team’s goals as they hit the net.
Giving visually impaired people unprecedented access to a wide array of electronic devices.
Harnessing solar energy from flat rooftops, walkways and pedestrian spaces.
Make your commute more enjoyable with this driver-friendly podcast app.
This unique, locally derived product is making the world a greener place.
Automated concession sales allow football fans to order food right to their seats.
This shading wind turbine generates green electricity, gives you WiFi and charges your phone.