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Qatar SportsTech (QST), a leading start-up accelerator founded by Qatar Development Bank (QDB), has announced that applications are now open for the second edition of its highly anticipated Pre-Accelerator programme, EntelaQ. EntelaQ will prepare entrepreneurs, or start-up teams residing in Qatar, for QST’s upcoming fifth cohort of its Accelerator programme set to be held in November 2021.
EntelaQ is aimed at local entrepreneurs -- nationals or residents -- with an innovative sportstech idea or prototype which fits QST’s thesis of innovations that support the Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
QST is powered by Startupbootcamp, and supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar Stars League, beIN Media Group, MBK Holding, Aspire Zone Foundation, Qatar Financial Centre and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Between June 6 and August 6, 2021, interested candidates will be able to apply online on the QST website (https://qatarsportstech.com/entelaq/). On August 19, the much-awaited ‘Selection Day’ will be held to select the top 10 start-ups from the shortlisted applicants that will join EntelaQ on September 5, 2021.
Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Mannai, executive director of Advisory & Incubation of QDB, said: “We invite all sportstech entrepreneurs with great ideas or prototypes to leverage the world-class opportunities available to them with QST, and benefit from the extensive learning and development that EntelaQ offers. QDB is working relentlessly to support entrepreneurs through providing them with the best local, regional and international expertise, being committed to reshaping the future of Qatar’s sportstech industry in line with the 2030 national vision.”
EntelaQ aims to develop and accelerate the entrepreneurship journey and to help entrepreneurs, whether in teams or individually, develop their skills and to recognise business opportunities, kick-start their ideas from concept to launch, and implement their businesses in the local market. Participating entrepreneurs can also 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 programme will run for two days a week and will engage entrepreneurs in guest lectures and specialised workshops, providing one-on-one coaching sessions with QST’s programme managers and specialists, as well as keynotes and inspirational talks by leading local and international mentors.
For more information, visit https://qatarsportstech.com/
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