New Ventures


The Center offers one-on-one and team-based coaching, where new entrepreneurs are mentored by seasoned start-up professionals. The objective is to help shorten the learning curve on key issues such as:

  • developing a sound and sustainable business plan
  • building relationships with customers
  • getting ready to commercialize the product
  • preparing for venture fundraising

The coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and can offer insights into and guidance for topics ranging from defining the business model and go-to-market strategy, to preparing the investor pitch.

In addition to on-campus coaching, the Center has organized intensive customized offsite events, such as a one-week “boot camp” at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Over the course of the week at EPFL, teams of KAUST entrepreneurs presented their projects as real, relevant business cases; received feedback and advice from industry experts and VCs; identified potential areas of collaboration; and, on the final day, pitched real investors.

This learning experience was one of the best I have ever had; it was not just another teaching course. It was real, to the point, and made us redefine our path in a clearer way

— Mustafa Nabulsi, KAUST graduate and Entrepreneur

The Center also organizes venture-financing events, where entrepreneurs who have successfully leveraged the Center's coaching services can meet and network with potential investors.

We are always interested in working and partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and mentors. If you’re interested in becoming a coach or mentor for KAUST’s entrepreneurs please email us at

April 17, 2013

How to Succeed in Business Without a Business Plan

Alexander Osterwalder

This workshop, presented by entrepreneur and best-selling author, Dr. Osterwalder, sheds light on how to successfully build a company.

March 25, 2013

Soft Skills Presentation

Soft Skills presentation

Entrepreneurship Center Manager Ahmed Abdulwahab presented soft skills of how to deliver a great presentation.

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October 19, 2011

How To Develop and pitch a Professional Business Plan

Ahmed Abdulwahab

Led by the Center’s manager, Ahmed Abdulwahab, this interactive workshop helped participants understand the value and reasons for developing a business plan, identify the type of information one should include in that plan, how to prepare a business plan outline, and how to prepare for seed or venture funding.

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