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Strategic Partners

The SC’s Strategic Partners for Challenge 22 have been instrumental in facilitating the success of Challenge 22 and providing the IT infrastructure for the Challenge 22 application portal.

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) 

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The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) was established by Qatar Foundation in 2006 as part of its ongoing commitment to establish Qatar as a knowledge-based economy. Qatar Foundation views research as essential to national and regional growth; as the means to diversify the nation’s economy, enhance educational offerings and develop areas that affect the community, such as health and environment. 

QNRF aims to foster original, competitively selected research in engineering and technology, physical and life sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences and the arts. 

For more information, visit the Qatar National Research Fund website.


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Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

For more information, visit Facebook.

MIT Enterprise Forum

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Founded in 2005, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Pan Arab is one of the 28 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global, an avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab has a proven record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship, organising the annual MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition, which targets 21 countries in the Arab region and has received over 80,000 applications. The competition has led to the creation of over 300 startups, 2,000 jobs and $685,000 in seed funding.

For more information, visit the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab website.


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Wamda is a platform of integrated programmes that aims to accelerate entrepreneurship ecosystems throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Its core focus includes media, community development, research and corporate and government advisory services. In the past few years, Wamda has become a leading grassroots community and knowledge platform for entrepreneurs and supporting stakeholders.

For more information, visit the Wamda website.

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