Saudi science city accelerator produces 20 tech innovations

Twenty inventions from various industrial fields, including biotechnology, water technology and electronic technologies, were qualified to enter the accelerator. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2019
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Saudi science city accelerator produces 20 tech innovations

  • The accelerator had an outstanding achievement rate through signing investment and marketing contracts for five inventions

RIYADH: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), represented by the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators, has organized a graduation ceremony in Riyadh to celebrate 20 technological innovations produced by the second inventions transfer accelerator for 2019. The accelerator aims to activate patents across a variety of services aimed at speed up the implementation, development and marketing of inventions to within a maximum of six months.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Dr. Fawzan Al-Fawzan, deputy general supervisor for innovation and manufacturing at KACST, Esam Al-Thukair, vice governor of entrepreneurship advancement at the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monshaat) and Mohammed Al-Huzaimi, director of shared services at Badir.
The ceremony featured a documentary about the second accelerator and its intensive six month training and orientation program, in addition to presentations for the graduating startups.
An exhibition accompanied the ceremony for the entrepreneurs to present their innovations, projects and plans to investors and attendees.
During the ceremony, several financing, investment and business development agreements were signed between graduating projects, the Badir Program and Monshaat.
The number of applicants to the second accelerator, supervised by KACST’s Intellectual Property Development and Investment Bureau, reached 46, 26 of which were qualified to enter the training bootcamp.
Twenty inventions from various industrial fields, including biotechnology, water technology and electronic technologies, were qualified to enter the accelerator.
In his speech during the ceremony, Al-Huzaimi said the program was proud of the promising inventions submitted by participants in the second inventions transfer accelerator, and of the winning projects.

The program was proud of the promising inventions submitted by participants in the second inventions transfer accelerator, and of the winning projects.

Mohammed Al-Huzaimi, Director of shared services at Badir

Al-Huzaimi pointed out that the second accelerator was launched in early December 2018, continued for 180 days, and comprised three phases, the first of which was the prototyping and testing phase, while the second included building the final products. The third was the marketing and investment phase.
He highlighted that the accelerator had an outstanding achievement rate through signing investment and marketing contracts for five inventions, introducing them to the local market, and having them reach the promotion and market study stage.
Al-Huzaimi said: “Since we believe in the importance of inventions and innovations and their role in placing the Kingdom at the forefront in line with Vision 2030, KACST, represented by Badir, will continue to promote innovation and support youth entrepreneurship by continuing to launch such accelerators in the future or embracing and accelerating new projects graduating from this accelerator.”
He added that inventions transfer accelerators play a significant role in quickening the pace of work to transform technology into patents and build businesses, providing promising opportunities for capital to invest and create new markets, which, in turn, strengthens the Kingdom’s economic role and raises its benchmark in the Global Innovation Index.


King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

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King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

  • Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz
  • The rapper, singer, designer, model and now actor considers himself a 'Saudi ambassador of arts to the US' 

RIYADH: With his long dreadlocked hair, handsome Arabian looks and a quiet disposition, Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz in “Born a King.”

His family history runs deep with the Al-Saud family. “My great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz,” Rakan told Arab News.  

His family’s lineage goes back to the days of King Abdulaziz as they are considered the official “Al-Arda” dance performers. They have been performing the pre-war and celebratory dance for over a century, before the founding of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His uncle, Salah Abdulwahid, is featured in the movie, as the main Al-Arda performer.

The Saudi actor felt a connection to the founder of the Kingdom, not only physically resembling the king, but also embodying his charisma.

Before the shooting of the movie, he began reading up on anything he could get his hands on to learn more about the founder’s personality, to try and pefect his character and do him justice on the big screen.

Born in the US and raised in the Kingdom, and an avid athlete in his youth, he was a soccer player until he broke his hip in a tournament.

The multitalented actor not only shines through on the big screen, but is a rapper, singer, model and designer. As a lover of the arts in all forms, he believes that culture can build bridges across the world.

He has vowed to represent his country in a positive manner while breaking stereotypes about Saudi Arabia. He also speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

The actor obtained four degrees in just 7 years, having majored in industrial engineering with a minor in business and math from Northeastern University.

He later continued his education and received his master’s in engineering project management and an MBA certificate in global supply chain management. However, that didn’t stop him from taking law classes at Harvard for a semester.

As a child he would write 300-page stories, cooked passionately and danced with abandonment.

He returned to his homeland to play one of the most influential people in the Kingdom’s history: Its founder King Abdul Aziz.