PostUP is a certificate program designed by the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center to empower KAUST Postdocs with an innovation and commercialization mindset. Over the course of 10-weeks, participants will learn how to translate scientifically complex challenges into commercially viable solutions. Postdocs will receive training in the principles of design thinking, business modelling, prototyping, commercialization and pitching.
Applications: February 10-23, 2019
Classes: March 1–April 29, 2019
Project Showcase: September 2019
Who is eligible to apply? Eligible teams must have at least one KAUST Postdoc. Postdocs must apply with a team.
Teams will develop a startup from a research project they submitted during the application process or will be provided with one during the introductory workshop.The 2019 intake has a maximum capacity of 10 teams. Each team will be granted $5kUSD in prototyping funding for their ideas.
The 10-week program will kick-off with a 4-hour weekend session on March1 –2,2019. 90-minutes classes will then take place every Monday after working hours from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Over the course of the program, you will learn:
- Design Thinking
- Lean Startup and Customer Discovery
- Prototyping and Tech Nav
- Project Showcase
What will I get out of the program?
- A mentor for teams who wish to continue their entrepreneurial path
- $5k USD prototyping funding
- Completion certificate(must not miss more than one class)