The program is the brain child of Kamal Hassan, founder of Innovation 360, a global innovation consulting firm, and co-founder of Innovation Machine, the event facilitator behind several regional Startup Weekend events.
Says Hassan, “Our goal with i360accelerator is to bridge the gap between innovative ideas and commercialization in the Middle East. There are many creative people here with great ideas, but most ideas never launch because people don’t have early funding, they don’t know how to form a team, and they don’t have any experience in building or running a business. i360accelerator will help them overcome these obstacles, and turn their ideas into business ventures.”
Hassan hopes to host several i360accelerator sessions per year, with the first session beginning in November in Dubai and additional sessions in 2013 for Abu Dhabi, Beirut and Amman. The theme of the November session will focus on “Digital Technologies for Customer Experience,”
To apply for admission to i360accelerator, young entrepreneurs, early stage startups, researchers and others with a business idea must attend a one-day “Innov-a-thon”
To register for an Innov-a-thon event, go to http://i360accelerator.eventbrite.com.
To learn more about i360accelerator, visit http://i360accelerator.com.
i360accelerator is part of i360hub, a regional framework and infrastructure to support budding entrepreneurs in Middle East and North Africa. In addition to a web portal, the i360hub network includes a social hub where entrepreneurs can network and attend events, a 60-day innovation accelerator program, and a fully-fledged 18-months business incubator. It is the goal of i360hub to enable the next Middle East entrepreneurial success story.