Programme Partners incubate Challenge 22 winners, supporting them in taking their proposals to the prototype or proof of concept stage.
AstroLabs is an entrepreneurship platform on a mission to develop a thriving technology ecosystem in the MENA region. AstroLabs Dubai, a coworking space designed for tech entrepreneurs, enables companies to set up in Dubai and scale across emerging markets. AstroLabs Academy delivers practical courses throughout the region on topics in digital business which train startup founders, power accelerator programs, and up-skill top corporates.
For more information, visit the Astrolabs website.
FbStart is a programme from Facebook that helps mobile startups succeed. Together with some great partners, Facebook is offering a package of free tools and services designed to help startups build and grow their mobile apps. Facebook also provides year-round mentorship opportunities to connect directly with their team as well as an exclusive community of global startups.
For more information, visit the FbStart website.
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 190 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World's Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World's Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways' inflight entertainment system, offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline's on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways is one of the world's leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways' strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline's own brand message – Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world's third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 190 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.
For more information, visit the Qatar Airways website.
Qatar Business Incubation Center
Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) is one of the largest specialised mixed-use business incubators in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. QBIC empowers committed entrepreneurs to start and grow companies by incubating, developing, connecting and investing, and QBIC is dedicated to the long-term success of entrepreneurs.
QBIC was founded by two of the leading entrepreneurship institutes in Qatar: Qatar Development Bank (QDB), and the Social Development Center (SDC). With a mission to develop the next QAR 100 million companies in Qatar, QBIC is working to unify efforts with key entities in Qatar to develop SMEs and enhance the private sector.
One of QBIC's flagship initiatives is LeanStartup, turning innovative ideas into startup businesses. LeanStartup is a 10-week entrepreneurial programme that provides a real world, hands-on learning experience on how to successfully start a company.
For more information, visit the Qatar Business Incubation Center website.
Qatar Mobility Innovations Center
Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) is the first independent innovations centre in the region, with a focus on developing and deploying smart mobility systems and services. QMIC's main goal is to use locally engineered innovations and knowledge to create technology-based industries that address regional challenges and grow with mega projects in Qatar and the region. Since 2009 – and through its focus on distributed sensing, data collection and management, services creation and delivery – QMIC has become a national leader in the area of the internet of things. In particular, QMIC has been leading in delivering internet of things platforms, and internet of things solutions and services in vertical domains including intelligent transport, logistics and telematics, road safety and environment. Through its offices at Qatar Science and Technology Park, QMIC is working closely with key national partners and stakeholders to realise a market-focused innovations ecosystem in Qatar. For more information, visit the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center website.
Qatar Science & Technology Park
Qatar Science & Technology Park, part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), is Qatar's primary technology start-up incubator and technology development accelerator, fostering the environment required for commercialisation of research and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. QSTP focuses on four themes as per the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) announced in 2012; energy, environment, health sciences and information & communication technologies. QSTP is located in Qatar Foundation's Education City and has access to the resources of its cluster of leading research universities.
Members within the QSTP Free Zone include SMEs, international corporations and research institutions, which have collectively committed to investing in new programmes, creating intellectual property, enhancing technology management skills and developing innovative new products in line with the QNRS. QSTP supports QF R&D's economic and human development objectives for Qatar and is increasingly being recognised as an international hub for applied research, innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship.
For more information, visit the Qatar Science & Technology Park website.