Qatari university's move is a first for Doha
Doha - Arabstoday
For the first time in Qatar, 40 university students across Doha will bring an idea to life and create their own businesses in just 60 hours. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is hosting the prestigious three-day competition, 3 Day Startup.
The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start a technology company in just three days.
Universities like Carnegie Mellon create the right environment to inspire innovation. The combination of bright students, open information, and more accessible technology creates an environment where student companies can flourish better than ever before.
"Three Day Startup is a great way to get the community excited about entrepreneurship and to spend an intense weekend with creative people who want to actually bring an idea to life. It’s also a social and business experiment to see how much a group of passionate people can accomplish over the course of 60 hours. Indeed, we are pleased that students from Carnegie Mellon will also be participating - we are hopeful that their experience will build their entrepreneurial capabilities and kick-start new student-run companies here in Qatar,” professor Thomas Emerson said.
Over the weekend, university students across Doha will form teams, pick the best idea for a startup during the Thursday brainstorming session.
The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend. In the past, fifty 3 Day Startups on four continents have given rise to 28 companies receiving $9.5 million in funding. Sixteen companies have been accepted to accelerators such as Y Combinator, TechStars, and 500 Startups.
The 3 Day Startup in Doha is organised by Carnegie Mellon Qatar professors Thomas Emerson and George White.
The public is invited to the final presentations and awards ceremony at the conclusion of the 3 Day Startup.