Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge 2015

Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge 2015

As Kuwait University celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the College of Engineering and Petroleum, it is proud to host this global innovation and entrepreneurship event, Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge 2015.

Our world is facing 14 Grand Challenges that threaten our very existence and our way of life. If you want to be part of the solution, join the Kuwait Global Technopreneurship Challenge KGTC 2015.

You can work with a team at your school, university or community (even from different institutions and countries) to produce a solution for one of the featured challenges.
You need to watch online lectures, answer the quizzes and submit all the course assignments in a timely manner.

Solutions should be original, innovative and possess clear business value. Teams with the best solutions, as judged by a global team of academics and industry leaders, will be invited to Kuwait to participate in the finals where they will be given the opportunity to pitch to investors to increase their chances to commercialize these solutions.

Duration: 1 July to 16 Nov 2015
Awards: All participants completing the Challenge (by submitting the final assignment) will receive a certificate and prizes will be awarded to the best teams (more details below).
Join us to have fun, discover your true potential and develop your entrepreneurial acumen! 
Featured Grand Challenges to Choose From
Eligibility Criteria
  • Team of 3-5 participants with at least one member with an engineering backround (an engineer or an engineering student)
Project Selection Criteria

Projects will be judged against the following criteria:
  • How well does the proposed project address the Grand Challenge
  • Originality and innovativeness of the business model
  • Technological feasibility
  • Economic viability
  • Desirability of the proposed solution, product, process or service
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Clear market segment identification
All participants who complete the preliminary course will receive a certificate of completion.
Teams that achieve the best results in the preliminary stage of the challenge will be given travel assistance to Kuwait to attend a number of workshops conducted by international experts aimed at further developing their Technopreneurial Skills and projects.
This will be followed by a final pitching session where the winning teams will receive the following:
  • Champion: KWD 1,500
  • 1st Runner Up: KWD 1,250
  • 2nd Runner Up: KWD 1,000
  • Judges' Choice Award: KWD 500
International Advisory Committee
  • Assoc. Prof Dr. Richard Buckland, University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • Dr. Hans Hoyer, Secretary General of Global Engineering Deans Council (USA)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr Jennifer DeBoer, Purdue University (USA)
  • Mr. Rajesh Nair (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Prof. Dr. Takayuki Saito, Shizouka University (Japan)
Link to free online course

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