By Tamara Pupic
A business incubator in Qatar welcomes app developers’ applications from the three region for the largest mobile app challenge in the world
Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) has opened applications from MENA’s tech entrepreneurs and app developers for the second Arab Mobile App Challenge (AMAC), which has opened its doors to the Pan Arab Region.
Talented young entrepreneurs will compete for top prizes of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 as well as the chance to compete in the Global App Challenge in Barcelona, hosted by the Mobile World Congress.
To take part in the AMAC 2014 in Qatar, entrepreneurs should compose teams of up to six members under the age of 35, and register before 15 October.
Each team has to develop mobile apps designed to make an impact in the education, health, entertainment and employability/entrepreneurship sectors.
After registration, the teams will be receiving regular updates via email and social media, with training beginning in September, both online and in major cities across the Arab world.
Supported by QBIC and Ooredoo, the challenge in Qatar has been expanded to offer a mix of direct and web-based activities for the young teams in the Middle East and North Africa, who will join participants in North America and South East Asia in the challenge.
Aysha Al Mudahka, CEO of QBIC, said: “Mobile applications are the new mainstream for entrepreneurs worldwide because they are scalable, easy to build, and have a rich business model.
“With the combined competitor base of three regions, it will be the largest mobile app challenge in the world this year.
“QBIC is positioning itself as the largest MENA mixed business incubator and an entrepreneurial hub.
“As we are not a specialised or vertical incubator, we rely on building partnerships with speciality programmes and partners to create a funnel to attract applicants that match the local and global trends.”
Launched in 2013, AMAC aims to educate young Arabs about entrepreneurship and launching a start-up, as well as enhancing business skills and design abilities.
After the first event last year, more than 15 percent of participants who reached the semi-final stages now have their own start-up businesses, fuelling economic growth and creating employment.
Aysha Al Mudahka was recently appointed as the CEO of QBIC, the largest mixed-use business incubator in the Middle East, after her successful post as the Executive Director of INJAZ Qatar.
Al Mudahka is also a founding member of the Roudha Centre, a female entrepreneurship and innovation centre in Qatar, and an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.
This is a wonderful initiative. Encouragment and support of talented young Arabs, particularly females, deserves much attention. I am delighted to learn about this activity and wish to thank those who generated the idea as well as those who are working toward its success. My respect and best wishes to all of you.