QSTP-funded sportstech startup to identify football stars of tomorrow


The product recommends a potential path for players wishing to pursue a career in football that they can take. This reduces the complexity of the processes involved in their recruitment and makes the sport more accessible, so that the next big stars in the game can be found faster and prepared to succeed.

SKora’s distinctive AI platform also stands out from the rest of the market, as it was developed here in Qatar, as opposed to its competitors which are largely based in Europe. It gives footballers in the Arab world keen to succeed – perhaps in one of the big European or South American football leagues – a great springboard to launch their careers.

“Technological advancements in football have opened up unprecedented growth opportunities in the sports industry,” said Adel Saad, CEO of sKora. “The introduction of data into professional football has driven us to digitize the sports agency industry through automation and machine learning processes. Using our platform, personalized AI-powered journeys are recommended for each player based on their own skills, characteristics and situation, away from biased views and opinions.

The 2022 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ is a natural step for the company, during which sKora will have been able to evolve and have a much greater impact on the international and local football community. By then, the start-up seeks to use the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021â„¢, which debuted in Qatar on November 30, 2021, as a catalyst to grow its user base.

“The Arab Cup is our opportunity to test our tactics,” Saad said. “We are taking advantage of the event to organize a program which, for the first time, will allow local and international footballers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to participate in a trial with a Qatari football club and to have the opportunity to be spotted. “

The dedicated work undertaken by the sKora team has already paid off through a recent partnership with the Lusail Sports Club, which aims to offer young aspiring players the opportunity to showcase their talent during a three-day program. – the first of its kind in Qatar. The program will offer players the opportunity to compete in an immersive professional environment while receiving training from coaches certified by UEFA.

Commenting on the support the team has received through TVF, Saad said, “As an incubated start-up, QSTP has been massive support throughout our journey. After receiving the funds from TVF, we were able to recruit many aspiring and talented interns from QF partner universities, who have now become full-time employees at sKora. TVF helped propel our start-up, taking us from angel investing to institutional investing. The funding ultimately allows us to accelerate both our product development and marketing operations. “

Data and statistics on how the game is played and how players and teams can gain a competitive advantage are more important than ever in football. With huge sums of money in player transfer fees and salaries often dependent on these numbers, sKora is determined to play its part in the digital side of the sport.

“With the sports technology industry estimated at US $ 18 billion (QAR 65.5 billion) and expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2021 and 2026, sKora wants to be a player. key to this particular game. ‘Saad said.

“We will initially recruit from the MENA region to optimize and identify potential professional talents. In the future, the sKora platform will create modules specifically for players, coaches, teams and sponsors. The platform will offer all parties the most effective method of providing athletes with the best possible advice for a successful career trajectory, while simultaneously providing clubs with a data-backed pool of athletes to choose from. Saad continued.

QSTP’s TVF is a strategic venture capital fund designed to support innovative local start-ups and attract international start-ups looking to expand in the region. TVF plays an essential role in the development of the innovation ecosystem in Qatar through the support it provides to start-ups, including those like sKora. The fund provides opportunities for local, regional and global technology founders and entrepreneurs as a source of seed funding and follow-on capital. It also seeks to lower barriers to entry when starting a technology company in the market.

To apply and learn more about QSTP’s FST, please visit: https://qstp.org.qa/tech-venture-fund/

To learn more about sKora and the brilliant team behind the startup, please visit: https://www.skoratech.com/


Qatar Science and Technology Park

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of the Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI), is a free zone, accelerator and incubator for the development of technology products in Qatar. The park fosters an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in Qatar that strives to accelerate the commercialization of market-ready technologies to make Qatar’s national diversification campaign a reality.

QSTP’s focus spans four broad themes, including energy, environment, health sciences, and information and communication technologies (ICTs), in line with the national research strategy of the Qatar announced in 2012.

Located in the education city of the Qatar Foundation, QSTP has access to the vital resources of a group of leading research universities. The members of the QSTP free zone include small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), international companies and research institutes. They collectively commit to invest in new technology development programs, create intellectual property, improve technology management skills and develop new innovative products.

QSTP supports QF RDI’s economic and human development goals for Qatar and is increasingly recognized as an international hub for applied research, innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship.

For more information, please visit the QSTP website at www.qstp.org.qa

Qatar Foundation for Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI)

The role of the Research, Development and Innovation division of the Qatar Foundation (QF RDI) is to play a pivotal role in identifying and resolving challenges and opportunities in the fields of ICT, energy, environment and health, in line with Qatar’s national RDI strategy and priorities. QF RDI is at the forefront of Qatar’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerating economic development by supporting the commercialization of market-ready technologies and facilitating the creation of new high-tech products and services.

QF RDI is responsible for translating Qatar’s national RDI strategy into specific initiatives and actions for the RDI entities of the Qatar Foundation (QF). It also guides their efforts in creating economic value, transferring knowledge and establishing mutually beneficial national and international RDI partnerships. To ensure these efforts produce maximum impact, QF’s Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation plans, coordinates and oversees all RDI-related activities across QF.

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to become a diverse and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by delivering specialized programs in its ecosystem focused on innovation in education, research and development, and community development.

QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Father Amir, and His Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision of providing quality education in Qatar. Today, QF’s world-class education system provides lifelong learning opportunities for community members from the age of six months up to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive. in a global environment and contribute to the development of the nation.

QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where local researchers work to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and encouraging social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.

For a full list of QF initiatives and projects, please visit: www.qf.org.qa
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