In the past years filled with unprecedented social and economic challenges, businesses worldwide have had to adapt and reimagine their strategies. The pandemic disrupted countless timelines, projects, and plans, emphasizing the critical importance of innovation and flexibility in these trying times.

While many of these changes have been forced upon us, they have also presented unique opportunities for creative thinking and growth that may not have emerged otherwise. In the face of adversity, it’s crucial to maintain an optimistic outlook, believing that business opportunities can still arise, especially in the digital age, where connectivity serves as the first step towards progress.

In this post, we’ll explore two inspiring case studies from Cork, Ireland, and the Middle East hub of Saudi Arabia, both connected to, shedding light on how diverse projects and plans can lead to networking and the birth of new businesses. For entrepreneurs seeking their big break, whether through incubators or accelerators, expanding their horizons and broadening their contacts is essential.

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) Case Study: Embracing Innovation Amidst Challenges

In Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) serves as an exemplary model of innovation. Despite the hurdles posed by the pandemic, KAUST has continued to thrive and expand its output. The university runs an entrepreneur program open to both faculty and students, showcasing innovation across various projects. KAUST utilizes Submit’s innovation portal to stay updated on pioneering projects, connecting investors and sponsors to the university’s ecosystem. Their mission is to address global challenges related to food, water, energy, and the environment through curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research.

Roberto Ciaramaria, the head of innovation at KAUST, emphasizes the importance of investments to maintain competitiveness, particularly in online-based programming. Submit has been instrumental in ensuring the efficiency of KAUST’s innovation portal, enabling experts from various research domains to collaborate on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ciaramaria has exciting plans for the future, with an expected 20,000 applicants to the program, nurturing the business success stories of tomorrow. Online classes with mentorship from staff ensure access to materials and assistance for students and entrepreneurs.

Through Submit’s innovation portal, KAUST aims to equip students with skills and experiences necessary to stand out in a competitive market while contributing to job creation in the region, aligning with the university’s commitment to research and development.

Munster Technological University Enterprise Case Study: Empowering Entrepreneurs

MTU, partnered with the Local Enterprise Office South Cork and the Rubicon Centre. They initially experimented with Submit’s system through the Local Enterprise office, finding it highly positive. This partnership led to the creation of the Student Inc. program, collaborating with two other colleges to inspire and support new entrepreneurs. The program focuses on developing business skills and expanding ideas. Despite necessary adjustments due to the pandemic, students continue to receive online guidance in market research, finance, and planning.

Submit’s system streamlines the application process for MTU Enterprise, significantly reducing the time and effort previously required for physical paperwork and storage. This efficiency benefits both applicants and the organization, enabling seamless sharing and processing of applications online.

Flexibility and Fulfillment with Submit:

At Submit, we take pride in witnessing the commitment and progress of our clients, motivating us to continually improve our services. The challenges faced by both KAUST and MTU Enterprise highlight the surge in applications and the need for digital solutions to manage them effectively.

We believe in building strong online relationships with our clients, offering organization and flexibility for startups and established businesses alike. As the world undergoes significant changes, Submit remains dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and fostering innovation. In today’s digital environment, connectivity remains key, ensuring that businesses and innovation can thrive even in uncertain times.

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