Upgrade Program

Upgrade Program

Upgrade Program to transform best graduation projects into successful ICT startups to bring socio-economic benefit to Oman. Statistics have shown the number of ICT graduates exceeds 1500 students per year executing more than 300 graduation projects. Moreover, the graduation project are too old or selected by the teachers. Students spend one or two semesters working on developing an idea and prototyping it, and all it end when they submit the project. A question is still there, what is next? 

The program will get the answer and will tap and capitalize on upcoming ICT graduation projects. Aiming to transform at last 1% of best graduation projects into successful ICT startups to bring socio-economic benefit to Oman. The Benefits of the program are:

  • Steer student graduation projects towards strategic ICT topics of importance to Oman
  • Encourage students to select and work on applied projects with socio-economical impact
  • Generate a new wave of ICT graduation projects with commercial benefits

 Participate in the challenge for a chance to win

  • Seed fund up to 12,000 OMR
  • Comprehensive incubation and business development program
  • International internship in startup  development

The program were approved in January 2016 as a multi-partner initiative bringing together research, industry and government organizations to help students convert graduation projects to specialized ICT startups with economic and social return. Upgrade version one were launch on September 2016 and winning team were announce in June 2017. . Upgrade version 2 were launch on October 2017 and the winning projects will then be announced by June 2018