The Qatar Foundation has announced a worldwide competition – the Stars of Science Competition – to find and support the development and funding of original, creative new inventions (in any field) by young inventors of Arab origin and others. The website actually says only young Arabs but in the information leaflets and emails that they have sent out, they state Arabs and non-Arabs.
The 16 finalists, once chosen, will be put through a specially designed 10 week workshop in Doha with state of the art tools and equipment, to further develop the idea. They will then be tutored by experts to develop their business skills so as to enable them to turn their inventions into reality.
The winner of the competition will receive a $100,000 cash prize plus $100,000 in business support, counseling, and marketing of the idea. Four international experts will be on the jury.
I don’t know if this is worth a shot for some of our young wanna-be inventors and innovators but just thought I would put it out there. If nothing else, it is nice to see how foundations are promoting science and technology in our region.
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