Inviting all Innovators and Saudi Entrepreneurs


Do you have a passion in the areas of Aerospace Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

This is your chance to take your idea or business to the next level.

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Dates Activities
January – April 2018
31st of November Registration opens and Application Submission starts
22nd of January 1st Webinar Registering to the Entaliq in KSA challenge
7th of February 2nd Webinar Unmanned Aircraft Systems
19th of February 3rd Webinar
28th of February 1st Workshop at Airbus Riyadh premises
19th of March 4th Webinar Establishing Aviation Industry in KSA and Turbomachinery
8th of April 5th Webinar Building your business model canvas & Applying to Entaliq in KSA
11th of April 2nd Workshop at Aviation Australia Riyadh College
21st of April Registration Closes for Applications/Submissions Ends
29th of April Announcement of Top 10 Candidates
May – June 2018
1st of May – 15th of June Mentoring Session for the Top 10 Finalists
28th of June Final Event Ceremony and Announcement of the Top 3 Candidates
28th of June onwards Incubation of the Top 3 Candidates

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Overview about the challenge

We are pleased to announce the second edition of the Airbus Aviation Innovation Entaliq in KSA.

Entaliq in KSA was launched in September 2016 by Airbus, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudi Arabian Airlines. The incubation program falls in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious ‘Vision 2030’ innovation strategy, promoting the sustainable future growth of the Kingdom’s aviation industry by cultivating and accelerating innovation in the Middle East’s aerospace sector.

As a leader in STEM innovation, Airbus has built a strong network in the Kingdom which includes organizations, like TAQNIA and Saudia Airlines, that pride themselves on the promotion of technology and knowledge sharing. Airbus continues to pioneer more STEM-related partnerships designed to drive the future growth and sustainability of national and global standards in the aviation industry.

The inaugural 2016 cycle of Entaliq with Airbus attracted more than 1,000 Saudi applicants, over 70 unique project idea submissions, and concluded with an awards ceremony that presented the opportunity for the top 20 participants to be recognized for their creative and innovative projects. Providing a platform of knowledge transfer and inspiration, Entaliq in KSA supports the development of innovators and entrepreneurs across various science and aviation technology disciplines, highlighting their achievements across the globe.

The winners of the Entaliq in KSA challenge have the potential to be coached by experts, mentored by aerospace industry veterans, and trained on how to develop realistic business plans. Presenting these plans to a judging panel of industry professionals provides young passionate Saudis with the possibility of incubating their projects and turning their ideas into reality.


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Who Can Participate

To enroll in the Entaliq Challenge, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Submissions may be entered by individuals or teams under a single entry
  • Participating individuals or team members must be in their senior year of University or above
  • The team leader should be a Saudi national
  • All submissions must be ideas or business models in the start-up phase or early stage businesses
  • Businesses over 2 years of age, and/or businesses who have generated over SAR 500,000 in revenue or investment are not eligible to participate
  • Eligibility

    To be considered, submissions must involve technologies, innovations, solutions, and/or business models that address challenges within the aerospace and aviation industry; including, but not limited to, applications for drones, robotics, big data, artificial intelligence(AI), communications, electronics, energy, clean tech, connectivity, Avionics, Software Development, Customer Experience(Airlines) and In Flight Entertainment System (IFES), Operations and Maintenance Manufacturing Engineering, UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), Supply Chain, Mechanical Design, Air Traffic Management (ATM), Air Navigation Services(ANS), etc.


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