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An online platform for entrepreneurial ideas that could help deal with the challenges of Covid-19

Innovative response

"Hack COVID-19"
An online platform to allow innovators to develop and share their entrepreneurial ideas that will help in dealing with the various problems and challenges posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus epidemic.

It is executed as a competition where the five winning ideas will receive financing and support of QR250,000 each, to develop and implement their ideas, as well as several services, advisory programs and incubation services that will help the implementation of the ideas.

This initiative is a Partnership between Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and a number of entities and institutions in the contry. E.g. MoPH, MoCI, MoTC, Ooredoo, Aspetar Hospital, University of Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, etc.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

It is intended to address the various problems and challenges posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus epidemic, where it includes four main challenges to address:
o Protect the elderly & at-risk members of our community from Covid-19 exposure
o Ensure the safety & efficiency of our healthcare professionals amid the Covid-19 outbreak
o Strengthen our supply chain to facilitate the availability of medical supplies & essentials, offsetting Covid-19 limitations
o Maintain the productivity & well-being of our workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic

Organisations/institutions involved

In charge: Qatar Development Bank (QDB)

Partnership between QDB and a number of entities in the country (E.g. MoPH, MoCI, MoTC, Ooredoo, Aspetar Hospital, University of Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, etc.)

Potential issues

No answer provided as of yet

Issues being addressed:

  • Health and safety of responders
  • Information and practice sharing (with public and/or internal)

Response contact:

[email protected]

Date Submitted:

27 April 2020

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