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AL Fikra

About Al-fikra

Qatar National Business Competition (Al Fikra) is an educational and coaching program designed for Qatari led Start-ups and entrepreneurs, enabling them to develop business ideas that can be turned into successful private value-adding businesses.

The program will run over a 4-months period from Jan 6th until Apr 30th 2019. During this period, creative and innovative ideas will be recognized, developed and supported by Qatar Development Bank and its strategic partners throughout the different stages of their development.

EventStart dateEnd Date
Opening press release06-Jan06-Jan
Registration opening 06-Jan 14-Feb
Training sessions for Start-up and Challenges Category 24-Feb 07-March
Training sessions for Mashrouie 10- March 14- March
Judging panel for top 10 ideas 07- Apr 07- Apr
Final ceremony 30-Apr 30-Apr

Who is it for?

Students, professionals and entrepreneurs with business ideas for Qatar. For Teams (3-5 members​​​ only) of residents living in Qatar, a Qatari partner per team is required in order to set a business with a legal structure that could be operated and registered in the state of Qatar.

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Al Fikra Challenges is part of Al Fikra general competition for the best business plan that could provide perfect, innovative & sustainable solutions for current challenges​.


Professionals and entrepreneurs with business ideas to solve the introduced challenges.

  • 1. Marketing challenges for Qatari products compared to the other competing products in the market.
  • 2. Exporting challenges for Qatari products.
  • 3. Preventive maintenance challenges for all machines used for productions.
  • 4. Developing customer service system for the ministries.
  • 5. Use of drones for maintenance and inspections to simplify heavy machinery for access;
  • 6. Data platform for linking all transport asset data and operational performance data to improve transport performance in Qatar.
  • 7. Wayfinding to and around stations with Mobility and Visual impairment.
  • 8. Marketing of services at Rail stations: Providing real time information on facilities and services offered in the train stations.
  • 9. Maintaining clean carriages with sustainable resources: For example, washing of the train carriages and recycling of washing water/liquids. Cleaning of the internal of the carriages by using swarm of robot.
  • 10. Entertainment and information system inside the train and in the station
  • 11. Encourage people using Metro and Tram by having ecofriendly and practical solution to transport people from their homes or point of interest to stations and vice versa that can be useful especially during hot season.
  • 12. Reduce groundwater consumption in farming
  • 13. Increase vegetable production especially during the summer months where high temperatures and high levels of humidity are prevalent.
  • 14. Reduce the loss of agricultural products (plant, fish, poultry, livestock) along the marketing channel/postharvest, especially during the summer months where high temperatures and high levels of humidity are prevalent
  • 15. Possibilities of exploiting agricultural waste (plant and animal) economically

QDB will provide the following prizes for the winning teams:

Winning TeamReward Package Details
1st Place
  • 2+1 years of Incubation offering office spaces at QDB & QBIC
  • Eligibility for access Musharka investment program up to 400,000 QR convertible note and milestone basis.
  • 100,000 QR advisory services coupon valid for 2 years
2nd Place
  • 2 years of Incubation offering office spaces at QDB & QBIC
  • Eligibility for access Musharka investment program up to 300,000 QR convertible note and milestone basis.
  • 100,000 QR advisory services coupon valid for 2 years.
 

Mashrouie is a part of Al Fikra competition dedicated to university students within Qatar to develop and submit their business plans.
The goal of this competition is to enable young generations to develop their entrepreneurial spirit by embracing challenges when developing a sustainable business plan. The focus of “Mashrouie” is to give future minds the opportunity to expand important set of skills related to leadership, innovation, time management and communication, in order to growth and evolve in the business world.
If you happen to have the same goal? Then you should join “Mashrouie” and share your vision with the same likeminded entrepreneurs.
Teams will be consisted of 3 to 5 members that include at least one Qatari member in order to put together a successful business plan.

Current university students

QDB will provide the following prizes for the first three winning teams:

Winning TeamReward Package Details
1st Place
  • MacBook Air, for each team member of the wining team.
2nd Place
  • Mac I Pad, for each team member of the wining team.
3rd Place
  • I phone XS Max, for each team member of the wining team.
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