Qatari innovators invited to apply for i2 Fellowship programme

December 18, 2013 - 6:17:59 am

i2 Institute Founder and CEO, Dr Hayat Sindi, explaining the programme.

DOHA: The Jeddah-based Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity (i2 Institute) has invited young innovators from Qatar to submit applications for the i2 Fellowship programme for 2014.

The fellowship is the first of its kind created by Saudi scientist Dr Hayat Sindi, Founder and CEO of i2 Institute, to support young innovators from the Middle East to transform their patents into a profitable business. 

It was launched in November last year. 

“With young educated people constituting the largest segment of Qatar’s population, it is time to invest in their untapped talents and offer them the appropriate environment and the best conditions to foster innovation and economic and social change,” Dr Sindi said.

During the eight-month programme, fellows will be hosted for the first six weeks at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab), working with fellow entrepreneurs, supported by several Harvard Business School faculty members, including Nobel prize winners, world-class authors, experts and practitioners. 

The other part of programme will take place at the MIT Media Lab and each fellow will be able to visit and explore some Media Lab experiments and collaborate with faculty members and research assistants, or become engaged in research.

By the conclusion of the programme, around 12 fellows will have prepared their business venture proposals they will pitch at the Business Venture Conference, the i2 Institute’s flagship product. 

Potential candidates can submit application via i2 Institute’s website: http://www.i2institute.org/#innovation until March 31, 2014. 

Selection will involve preliminary evaluation to select 50 top applicants with viable and patented ideas. The short-listed entrepreneurs will participate in a competitive workshop that will culminate in the selection of 12 outstanding fellows.

The Peninsula

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