Qatar’s DIC kick starts ‘IdeaCamp5’ for digital entrepreneurs

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The Digital Incubation Center (DIC), part of Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, has announced that it has started accepting applications for the fifth edition of IdeaCamp (IdeaCamp5).

IdeaCamp is a program from the Digital Incubation Center (DIC) for entrepreneurs, developers and designers who have a great idea for a technology solution. The program focuses on areas including the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics.

The DIC designed the program to help build and develop a leading generation of tech entrepreneurs in Qatar by offering them the skills that will allow them to turn their creative ideas into reality to serve the country’s digital economy.

The IdeaCamp5 targets tech entrepreneurs, developers, and programmers, who can bring out innovative ideas that serve the sectors of Smart Qatar (TASMU), which includes healthcare, transportation, environment, logistics, and sports.

Even though the program accepts any tech idea, this year the priority is given to entrepreneurs who utilize areas such as advanced analytics, IoT, blockchain, robots, drones, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mobile solutions, data visualization, and AI.

The Center will accept online applications to join IdeaCamp5 until November 15, 2021. Once received, all applications are screened and assessed, and owners of the accepted applications will be informed.

IdeaCamp’s 12 workshops, in addition to individual mentorship sessions for entrepreneurs, will be held over six weeks, starting from November 19, during which the participants will receive the mentoring and support of DIC’s team, as well as technology experts. 

The participating entrepreneurs will also get the chance to learn strategies for developing their businesses, ways to successfully build prototypes, conduct a feasibility study, and be trained in pitching their ideas.

At the end of IdeaCamp5, DIC will select the best ideas to compete on ‘Pitching Day’ before a specialized jury. The winning startups will be incubated for two years, offered with free office space, mentored by DIC’s team and its network of partners, and connected to a vast network of investors and industry experts inside and outside of Qatar.

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