Manafa'a Program


Manafa’a a program specially developed and organized by OAPGRC, aims to provide Oman’s entrepreneurial and scientific community with the opportunity to pitch innovative and creative biodiversity based business ideas and help transform them into viable working models.

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Participate in Building The Future


Do you and a group of friends have an original environmentally friendly idea on how we can sustainably capitalize on the sultanate’s plant, animal, marine or microorganism wealth?
Are you looking to take the idea to the next level?
Signing up couldn’t be easier – simply read through the rules and regulations and then register your interest through the link below before 1st of August 2019

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Mentors


During the two days, qualified expert mentors will be on hand throughout, helping teams get the ball rolling and pushing them through any idea obstacles.

Managing Director at The Retail Agency

Maimunah Al Shebani
Managing Director at The Retail Agency

Plant Genetic Resources Expert at Oman Animal Plant Genetic Resources Center

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Dr. Ali Al-Lawati
Plant Genetic Resources Expert

Social Media Strategist at Viral-Oman

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Saba Al Busaidi
Social Media Strategist

Specialist Monitoring and Data Collection at Oman Animal Plant Genetic Resources Center

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Abdullah Al-Balushi
Specialist Monitoring and Data Collection

Assistant Professor College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences Department of Animal & Veterinary science

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Dr.Mohammed Al Abri
Assistant Professor

Head of Environmental Center of Excellence at Oman Environmental Services Holding Co. SAOC - be'ah

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Dr.Mohab Al-Hinai
Head of Environmental Center of Excellence

PhD in Nutrition (UoN) and a PhD in Biochemistry (SQU)

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Dr.Bashair Al-Riyami

Founder/CEO at Marketing agency specialised in branding, web design & social media services

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Hashar Al-Mandhari
Founder/CEO

Founder/CEO at Inspired Solutions

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William R. Crew
Founder/CEO

Assistant Professor College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences Department of Marine and Fisheries

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Dr.Hussein Al Massrory
Assistant Professor

FAQ


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Manafa’a, a program specially developed and oragnsied by OAPGRC, aims to provide Oman’s entrepreneurial and scientific community with the opportunity to pitch innovative and creative biodiversity based business ideas and help transform them into viable working models. In doing so, it gives Oman’s entrepreneurs and innovators an opportunity to address the threats associated with the global biodiversity crisis through the development of new ideas, products and services.
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1.Providing a platform for Omani and Oman-based innovators and entrepreneurs to present, discuss and refine ideas for new products inspired by our biodiversity
2.Encouraging start-ups that are focused on applied research and national biological resources
3.Building public awareness of potential biodiversity investment opportunities
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The Manafa’a Ideathon Program is all about value-added products and services. In genetic resources, added value is usually achieved through an innovation that leads to the improvement of existing products and services, or creating new ones. Boasting a biodiversity unique in the region, Oman has a treasure trove of potential opportunities for the discovery and manufacture of value-added products.
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Anyone aged above 18, who has an interest in Oman’s biodiversity and sustainable business, is invited to apply to take part in the Manafa’a program. You don’t have to be a scientist and you certainly don’t have to be a biologist, chemist, physicist or mathematician to participate!
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The applicant must be an Omani national or a resident in Oman and aged 18 years or over Register as an individual or as a team The applicant must not have participated in the Manaf’a Ideathon Program on any previous occasion The applicant must demonstrate their ability to develop the proposed product or service
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‌Genetic resources used must be authentic or registered in Oman
The proposed idea must not be subject to any intellectual property rights (IPR)
The idea must be original and new in Oman
The idea must be real and viable as a commercial product
The idea must be technically workable
The idea must be innovative and of quality
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‌If you and a group of friends have an original environmentally friendly idea (developed or just the spark of one – it doesn’t matter) on how we can sustainably capitalize on the sultanate’s plant, animal, marine or microorganism wealth, then register for Manafa’a as a team.
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No problem. You can register as an individual and if we think you have the right skills or something special to offer, we’ll do our best to match you with some-like minded folk to see what you can come up with together.
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Signing up couldn’t be easier – simply read through the rules and regulations and then register your interest at participation link before 1st of August 2019.
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OAPGRC management will review all the applications and ask selected individuals and teams for interview on or before 18th of August 2019.
After these interviews, those teams whose ideas are deemed to have the best commercial potential at this point in time will be invited to participate in the 48-hour Manafa’a ideathon. Based on suitable skills sets, knowledge and compatible areas of interest, selected promising individual entrants will be brought together to form new teams and given the opportunity to join in too.
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Registration isn't limited, though the program will only accept 50 people after screening to enter the 48-hour Manafa’a ideathon.
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Applicants will be notified at the beginning of September about their acceptance or rejection.
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Four winning teams from the 48-hour Manafa’a Ideathon will be announced at an official ceremony the day after the panel’s decision. The winning teams will receive a prize of RO2,500 (dispersed in phases).
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The day following the completion of of the Manafa’a Ideathon, teams will present their commercial ideas to a panel of experts. The panel will assess the teams against pre-defined criteria. At the end of the day, the panel will submit its final decision to OAPGRC.
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If this has sparked your interest - and who wouldn’t want to find out more -start point with our website, there you can read all the information required to make a decision about your application. And if you have any further questions about the admission process, email us on oapgrc@oapgrc.gov.om

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