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.

Program Details

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.

Program Structure

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
  • Commercialization
  • Pitching
  • 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)