HBKU Innovation Center | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
HBKU Innovation Center
Applications close: October 31, 2021 - 12:00 am (GMT +3)

HBKU Innovation Center

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Innovation Center is a pioneering initiative that is designed to foster entrepreneurship and creativity.

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Overview

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Innovation Center (HBKU IC) is a pioneering initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship and creativity, both within and outside HBKU. It serves as the only innovation and entrepreneurship platform at HBKU for connecting people and sharing ideas, resources, and expertise, providing opportunities for collaboration. 

Seeking to bring together members of the community and leaders in start-up ecosystems, the HBKU IC facilitates productive and relevant collaboration, assists local businesses and industries in developing an innovative focus, idea generation, connects start-up teams with potential investment opportunities, and provides support services.

The Center provides multifaceted educational and training opportunities for students, staff, and faculty through seminars, workshops, boot camps, and more. Acting as a catalyst for the development of innovative ideas toward commercialization, the HBKU IC supports the Education City (EC) and Doha community in a myriad of ways, including the provision of targeted funds, as a collaborative network between QF entities and Qatar-based industry and business, and a dedicated open space for the community to transform theoretical ideas into applied solutions.

The HBKU IC houses and operates the HBKU Innovation Lab (HBKU IL), located in EC, to facilitate networking, collaboration, and rapid prototyping for all stakeholders in the EC community, as well as its awardees and entrepreneurs within the greater Doha community.

In order to catalyze an entrepreneurial environment and promote collaborative, multidisciplinary, and locally and industrially relevant innovation activities, HBKU IC provides the following types of innovation funds in 2021 and onward: 

  1. Student Innovation Fund (SIF)
  2. Kickstarter Fund (KSF)
  3. Industrial Innovation Fund (IIF)
  4. Social Innovation Fund (SOCIF)

To learn more, click the relevant program for additional information about  the details, funding levels, conditions, application deadlines, selection criteria, and other information. 
Address all questions to: innovation@hbku.edu.qa 


Innovation Challenges

HBKU Innovation Center is soliciting innovation proposals from all HBKU students and faculty for novel solutions, products, business models, and policies for potential funding opportunities. It aims to support local students and faculty with industry-driven innovations, targeted at increasing the local capacity, responsiveness, and private enterprise.


HBKU Student Innovation Fund (SIF)

The HBKU Innovation Center (IC) is soliciting innovation proposals from all HBKU students for novel solutions, products, business models, and policies for potential funding opportunities. The fund aims to support local students with industry-driven innovations, targeted at increasing the local capacity, responsiveness, and private enterprise.

HBKU students are encouraged to submit proposals on novel solutions, products, business models, and policies to one of the two opportunities available under SIF.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Eligibility and Application (checklist)


HBKU Kickstarter Fund (KSF):

The HBKU Innovation Center (IC) is soliciting business innovation proposals from all HBKU faculty members, scientists, researchers, and students for novel business models for potential funding opportunities. The fund aims to support HBKU entrepreneurs with industry-driven innovations, targeted at increasing the local capacity, responsiveness, and private enterprise.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Eligibility and Application (checklist)


HBKU Industrial Innovation Fund (IIF)

HBKU Innovation Center is soliciting industrial innovation proposals from all HBKU faculty and scientists for novel solutions, products, business models, and policies for potential funding opportunities. It aims to support local, collaborative academia and industry-driven innovations, targeted at increasing the local capacity, responsiveness, and private enterprise.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Eligibility and Application (checklist)


HBKU Social Innovation Fund (SOCIF)

The HBKU Innovation Center (IC) is soliciting innovation proposals from all HBKU faculty and researchers for novel solutions, products, business models, and policies for potential funding opportunities. The Fund aims to support local faculty and researchers with industry-driven innovations, targeted at increasing the local capacity, responsiveness, and private enterprise.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Eligibility and Application (checklist)