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According to the home page of the BADIR website, "badir" means "to initiate" in Arabic. BADIR is a programme to accelerate the growth of emerging technology businesses in Saudi Arabia. It is an initiative of the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (see Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology 6 Sep 2012 and the video Introduction film about King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology).
BADIR assists both Saudi and foreign businesses to establish and grow in Saudi Arabia, The services that it offers to Saudis are accelerators, boot camps, incubators and services for inventors. The services that it offers to foreigners is what it calls "a soft landing" into Saudi Arabia.
The first accelerator was launched in 2016 with 7 companies and lasted for 4 months. The programme consisted of workshops, consultations and pitching for seed funding.
Boot camps are are intensive workshops in business modelling, finance, marketing lasting no more than a few days. Two have recently taken place at Qassim and Riyadh.
There are incubators for advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and information and communications technology, Slightly different criteria apply for acceptance on each of those programmes and slightly different services and facilities are provided. Incubators are located in Riyadh and Taif.
Help with patenting and commercialization is offered to inventors by BADIR.
BADIR helps established foreign companies with technology that is likely to benefit Saudi Arabia to establish themselves in that country.
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