In the presence of Prof. Wejdan Abu Elhaija, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, the winners of the "Researcher to Innovator" (R2I) initiative were revealed and recognized. The program, launched by the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship at the university, seeks to empower students to enhance their graduation projects and provide them with essential skills for converting these projects into tangible products. It guides them in crafting business strategies, models, and product development techniques, thereby aiding them in realizing their aspirations by transforming concepts into prosperous business ventures.
To commence the ceremony, Prof. Abu Elhaija commended the dedicated endeavors of the awardee students, recognizing their commitment to launching pioneering projects driven by technological innovation. This outstanding achievement serves as a testament to the exceptional abilities of our university's students. Emphasizing that participation in this program is an accomplishment in itself, she extended her best wishes to those who didn't win, urging them to persist in their pursuit of future endeavors.
In the ceremony, joined by Prof. Bassam Hammo, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Deans Council members, and several university professors, Prof. Abu Elhaija emphasized that the program facilitates the transition from cognitive science to practical applications. This is achieved through the central themes delivered by the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship and a team of entrepreneurial specialists, focusing on entrepreneurial projects of PSUT students.
Prof. Abu Elhaija also pointed out that the offerings of the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship, ever since its inception at the university, encompass a spectrum of support. This starts with incubating projects and delivering practical services (legal and financial advice), culminating in the establishment of enterprises or projects, and the realization of ideas into tangible applications with societal outcomes.
Mohammad Obeidat, the center's director, stated that the program has selected five projects to receive funding from the university. Each project will be granted ten thousand Jordanian dinars to enhance its development and initiate real-world implementation. This involves a series of ten training sessions encompassing elements such as crafting a business and financial strategy, market research, identifying potential customers, addressing intellectual property, and delivering potential investor presentations.
Concluding the event, Prof. Abu Elhaija, the University President, awarded monetary prizes to the winning teams. Certificates of recognition were also bestowed upon the professors who guided these teams and the students engaged in the program.
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