21 September 2019, Doha – Qatar: The Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC) called for applications to exhibit at the Startup Hub zone during the fifth edition of Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2019), providing entrepreneurs with an opportunity to showcase their business and attract partners and investors during the event on 29th October, 2019.
As part of the QITCOM Entrepreneurship Zone, Startup Hub is an inspiring opportunity for mature and successful entrepreneurs to present their creative ideas at Qatar’s largest digital event, Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2019). This year’s vision is to have a selection of 100 local and international startups, who will receive exclusive access to potential investors and large enterprises in Qatar. Participants will comprise of a perfect mix of innovators, startups, future unicorns and entrepreneurs, who will have free access to showcase their innovations at QITCOM 2019. Shortlisted participants will be eligible for speaking opportunities and awards.
Applications for startups will remain open until 15th October 2019. Selected startups will be able to showcase their products and solutions in the Startup Hub booths, building visibility and reach to local and regional market participants. The Startup Hub program fosters entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to reach their full potential by exchanging knowledge, expanding their business ideas and networking with other entrepreneurs and investors.
With this year’s theme ‘Safe Smart Cities’, QITCOM 2019 seeks to attract over 300 entrepreneurs to take part in the activities at the Entrepreneurship Zone that includes Startup Hub, CodeCamp, IdeaCamp, Make the Deal and Innovation Theatre. The Entrepreneurship Zone is a platform designed to bring together diverse digital sectors to exchange ideas and knowledge. It is an exclusive opportunity for startups, entrepreneurs and innovators to connect with relevant investors, businesses and enterprises, to develop digital solutions for the advancement of Qatar’s digital economy.
Her Excellency Reem Al Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development Sector, Ministry of Transport and Communication, said, “After four successful editions, the fifth edition of QITCOM is even more exciting as we expect to bring together diverse entrepreneurs across various technology sectors. CEO’s, CIO’s, decision makers, technology specialists, researchers, innovators and visionaries will come together to collaborate on developing digital solutions for Qatar’s smart future. All of this is possible with the help of the Entrepreneurship Zone that is dedicated to facilitating entrepreneurs in exhibiting their ideas at the Startup Hub.”
“We are honored to create more opportunities for innovative startups and witness some of the most technologically advanced showcases. In the past, QITCOM 2017 has incubated 25 startups through the Digital Incubation Centre (DIC) and this year we hope to incubate even more startups at the Entrepreneurship Zone” added Reem Al Mansoori.
About Startup Hub
Startup Hub is an activity introduced under the Entrepreneurship Zone for mature entrepreneurs to present their technologically creative ideas at Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2019). This year’s vision is to have a selection of 100 international and local startups who will receive a chance to network with investors and large enterprises.
About Qatar IT Conference and Exhibition (QITCOM 2019)
Under the patronage of His Highness, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Ministry of Transport and Communication will hold the Qatar Information Technology Conference & Exhibition – the largest Information and Communication Technology showcase and event in Qatar – from 29th October to 1st November 2019 under the theme “Safe Smart Cities”. Featuring over 100 speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 startups and 300 innovators and entrepreneur, Qatar IT Conference & Exhibition 2019 will be a one-stop-shop for participants to showcase disruptive smart technologies and exchange next-generation knowledge.
About the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC)
In recognition of the significant role of transport and ICT in building a robust and vital economy in light of Qatar National Vision 2030, the Ministry of Transport and Communications was established as per Emiri Order No. 1 of 2016.
As per Emiri Decree No. 4 of 2016, the mandates and functions of the Ministry of Transport and Communications are:
Organizing land and maritime transport businesses;
Developing and improving transport services, studying their projects, and supervising and following up their implementation in order to achieve the expansion of economic activity and serve the requirements of the national development scale;
Overseeing and developing the information and communications technology sector to serve the national development requirements;
Fostering a competitive environment that is conducive to investments;
Securing and enhancing the efficiency of ICT infrastructure and developing the next generation thereof;
Raising awareness of the importance of ICT and how to use it safely to improve peoples’ lives, towards building a knowledge community based on digital economy; and
Implementing and overseeing e-government programs.