Qatar-Singapore Joint Innovation Challenge

Fostering innovation and collaboration between Singapore-based startups and Qatari entities across critical sectors such as energy, environmental sustainability, insurance, and information technology.

Introducing the Qatar-Singapore Joint Innovation Challenge

 

Are you ready to embark on a journey of innovation and partnership that spans continents? Enterprise Singapore and The Qatar Research, Development, and Innovation Council (QRDI Council) are excited to bring you the Qatar-Singapore Joint Innovation Challenge. This groundbreaking initiative promises a wealth of opportunities for Singaporean companies to collaborate with Qatari entities, co-develop, and pilot innovations in the vibrant landscape of Qatar.

 

The Qatar-Singapore Joint Innovation Challenge
will open for applications on
2 November 2023.

Interested to find out more in the meantime?
Join us at the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH) 2023! More information below.

 
Registration has been extended till 1 March 2024, 23:59h Singapore Time (GMT+8).

Fueling Innovation for Sustainable Smart Cities: Bridging Qatar and Singapore

 

 Welcome to the Qatar-Singapore Joint Innovation Challenge!

Calling all Singapore-based companies!

As a joint collaboration and initiative between Enterprise Singapore and the Qatar Research Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council, we extend a special invitation to Singapore-based startups and SMEs to embark on a transformative journey in addressing the innovation needs of Qatari entities!

As Qatar charts its course towards becoming a knowledge-based economy, the nation is channelling substantial investments into research, development, and innovation across critical sectors such as energy, environmental sustainability, insurance and information technology.

This is your moment to seize an extraordinary opportunity, as you step into Qatar's dynamic innovation ecosystem. Gain access to cutting-edge facilities, forge collaborations with key industry players, and stand a chance to secure substantial grants and funding support totalling to S$1 million!

Join us now, and together, let's shape a brighter, smarter, and more sustainable future for Smart Cities alongside Qatar's leading innovators. 


Participation is open to Startups and SMEs registered in Singapore

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CHALLENGE AREAS

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CHALLENGE STATEMENTS

Smart Transport Optimisation

Sustainable Infrastructure /System

Sustainable Insurtech Ecosystem

Waste Treatment and Recycling

Opportunities and Incentives

Tap into a wealth of S$1 million in pooled funding 

 

Winning innovators’ prizes include:

  • Access up to S$150,000 of solution development and piloting support per challenge statement
  • Access to the Qatar market by connecting with key stakeholders and leveraging the diverse facilities and equipment available within the Qatar RDI (Research, Development, and Innovation) ecosystem, to further assist in advancing the solution
  • Potential for enhanced exposure and visibility through the QRDI Council's media relations with local outlets (e.g., Al Jazeera) and promotions via Qatari entities' networks, including the Council's social media channels
  • Opportunity for awarded companies to integrate into and gain exposure within the Qatar RDI ecosystem, which will assist in expanding their networking and exploring other future development opportunities through connections with demand drivers in Qatar. 

OVERVIEW OF CHALLENGE STATEMENTS

Why Invest in Innovation for Qatar?

COMMITMENT TO RDI

Qatar has a vision to become a knowledge-based economy characterized by innovation, and has invested heavily in research, development, and innovation (RDI) activities in various fields, such as energy, health, environment, and information and communication technologies.

ATTRACTIVE OPPORTUNITIES

Qatar has a supportive and vibrant innovation ecosystem that offers various opportunities and incentives for startups, such as funding programmes, incubation and acceleration programmes, mentorship and training, technology transfer and licensing, and access to state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities.

STRATEGIC LOCATION

Qatar has a strategic location and a diverse and multicultural population that provide a gateway to regional and global markets, as well as a rich source of talent, ideas, and feedback for startups. 

BUSINESS-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

Qatar has a stable and prosperous economy that offers a high standard of living, a business-friendly environment, and a competitive tax regime for startups.

CHALLENGE TIMELINE

  • APPLICATION PHASE

    2 Nov 2023 - 1 Mar 2024
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    Startups and SMEs can now register on the platform and submit their solutions by completing the participation form and submitting a proposal deck.

  • SHORTLISTING PHASE

    2 Mar - 8 Apr 2024
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    Challenge statement owners will evaluate the proposals and select potential solutions to work with. The list of shortlisted innovators will be announced by March 2024.

  • CLARIFICATION PHASE

    9 Apr - 29 Apr 2024
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    Shortlisted innovators will have the opportunity to be connected directly with the challenge statement owners and engage with them for further clarification and final evaluation.

  • ONLINE SELECTION & ANNOUNCEMENT

    May 2024 
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    Final announcement of matched innovators will be done by May 2024 via the platform.

CHALLENGE STATEMENT OWNERS

ORGANISED BY

Enterprise Singapore
QRDI

POWERED BY

SG Open Innovation Network
Agorize
Sdta

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Accelerating Asia
Algeria Ventures
Asia-Pacific Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation (APYEF)
ASSEK
Awesome Ventures
Energy Lab
FONGIT
Garage Society
Geovation
IPI
KITA
Mobility Makers
Nordic Innovation House Singapore
Pinnacle
SGInnovate
SGTech
SOLARIMPULSEFOUNDATION