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Awareness Session. Co Organizer. In Partnership. If you think that…. You need to try something new aligned with your aspirations You want to get full s atisfaction of what you do You want to explore your full c reative capabilities You want to follow your passion

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Co Organizer

In Partnership


If you think that…

  • You need to try something new aligned with your aspirations
  • You want to get full satisfactionof what you do
  • You want to exploreyour full creativecapabilities
  • You want to follow your passion
  • You want to thinkbig
  • You want to contributeto the growthof Qatar
  • You want to bring new bright ideasto Qatar, the region and the world
  • Other successstories inspireyou
  • You want to challengeyourself
  • You want to take the controlof your life
al fikra qatar national business plan competition 2013
Al Fikra Qatar National Business Plan Competition 2013

Is a business plan competition specifically designed for entrepreneurs and students enabling them to deliver business plans as a basis to establish new and successful private businesses

Al Fikra 2012 was held by Enterprise Qatar and Carnegie Mellon University and attracted more than 230 applicants

The competition will run over 3months (Jan 23rd 2013 – Apr 25th 2013)

Creative and innovative ideas will be recognized and supported by Enterprise Qatar through different stages of development including:

  • Learning & Development Services
  • Business Support Services

The MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition in partnership with ALJ Community Initiatives

  • The MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition in partnership with Abdul LatifJameel Community Initiatives was launched in 2006 in view of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation and spurring job creation across the Arab world
  • The Competition, in its new format, caters for entrepreneurs with just ideas (Ideas Track) as well as entrepreneurs generating revenues and looking to take their business to the next level (Startups Track). Besides cash prizes, the Competition provide support to Arab entrepreneurs through:
  • Top-tier training led by MIT Professors on April 23-24, 2013
  • Coaching by experts in the field
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exploring further funding opportunities
  • Regional and international exposure through the strong network of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab.
  • The Competition has been receiving each year around 4,000 applications from 21 countries, has trained over 900 entrepreneurs and has helped start more than 200 knowledge-based and technology-driven companies in Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Tunisia and others.
  • The Final Award Ceremony of this year’s Competition is taking place, for the first time, in Doha on April 25, 2013.





50,000 QAR

30,000 QAR

  • Winning teams will also be offered packages which encompass incubation and subsidized Enterprise Qatar services.
  • 20 shortlisted entrepreneurs will be nominated by 31st March 2013, to join the MITEF semi-finalists workshop on the 23rd and 24th of April 2013
  • 4 winning teams from the Al Fikra finalists will have the opportunity to join MITEF finalists to compete alongside 10 shortlisted teams for a chance to win a lifetime opportunity on 25th April 2013.



al fikra process
Al Fikra Process

You want to know more about the process of Al Fikra and how to participate?

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Al Fikra Process



24 Jan – 4 Feb

25 Feb – 24 Mar

27 – 28 Mar


Next Step?

Submit the Initial Registration Form onwww.alfikra.qaor 4th February 2013

initial registration form
Initial Registration Form

1. The Demand Drivers of the Business Idea

2. The Economic / Social impacts that the Business Idea have to impact Qatar 2030 vision

Description of the Business Idea (Abstract)

Description of your team members, their background and how the team would impact the development of the Business Idea

The Challenges in implementing the Business Idea

General Information about Applicants

The Value proposition / Uniqueness of the Business Idea

Business Idea Details

Market Assessment

Innovation Assessment

Feasibility Assessment

Team Assessment



The program is open to:

• CollegeStudents andNewGraduates in Qatar

• Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Postgraduateswith a business plan for Qatar


Any condition to apply?

You only need to be a resident in Qatar and to have a business idea planned to operate in Qatar.


Key Academic Partner

Academic Partners

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For More Information

+974 40125000