The event was attended by leading investors and established entrepreneurs from Qatar and the wider region. Serving as a unique platform for Qatar’s aspiring entrepreneurs and technology innovators, Demo Day featured 19 innovative projects relevant to a range of industries in Qatar, including health, construction, energy, wireless technology, agriculture, education, healthcare and communications.
Demo Day aims to bridge the gap between research innovations and the needs of the market by creating a synergy among entrepreneurs and investors from across various sectors of Qatar’s economy.
The ‘Accelerator Programme’ equips participating entrepreneurs with the necessary training and mentoring programmes to ensure the feasibility of their business ideas in addressing the priority fields highlighted in the Qatar National Research Strategy.
Hamad Al Kuwari, QSTP managing director, said: “The ‘Accelerator Programme’ has proven to be a successful model in Qatar and potentially across the region, inciting interest in technology innovation entrepreneurship among the people of Qatar.”
He added: “Our experts and mentors are blessed with a wealth of experience in the fields of research, technology and market dynamics, helping QSTP to offer a standardised entrepreneurship education programme for aspiring entrepreneurs in Qatar.”
Al Kuwari said: “With Qatar’s commitment to further economic development, the establishment of an increasing number of small businesses in the country is becoming imperative. The various projects enlisted in this third Demo Day exhibit the potential of our entrepreneurial ecosystem to think innovatively and strategically in a drive to achieve economic sustainability.”
Participating projects at the third Demo Day included: ‘ARVEX’, ‘CESHAT’, ‘DietHub’, ‘DigiHeart’, ‘Dr Dial’, ‘EasyBroadcast’, ‘Faham LT’, ‘Feelix Palm Tactile Communicator’, ‘Noval Airway’, ‘Omega-Implant’, ‘Pictoris Data’, ‘Problemia’, ‘Q Nonocomposites’, ‘QSAF’, ‘Salvation’, ‘Sanda’, ‘Ultra Diesel, ‘WakeCap’ and ‘Wheelchair Power Bar’.
One of the projects showcased at the event, Qatar Smart Agriculture and Forestry (QSAF), is a machine-to-machine IoT system with a cloud platform designed to remotely manage greenhouse agricultural techniques.
This system aims to monitor and control the environment parameters of greenhouse effects, decreasing the necessity of human intervention.
Another innovative project was ‘Ultra Diesel’, which processes and converts waste lubricants into refined light oil, diesel fuel cut and bitumen solids. The added value of the process is that degraded oil is converted to diesel fuel and bitumen and sold on the open market, as opposed to the current practice of disposing of this oil at garbage facilities.