The Startup Ecosystem of Qatar

Qatar has 1 city in the top 1000 and is one of Middle East’s best countries for setting up a startup.


Since 2023, Qatar lost 4 spots in the Global Startup Ecosystem Index, having now positioned itself as 90th worldwide.



Regional Ranking

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Global Ranking



Startup Ecosystem Overview

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Qatar is one of the world’s richest countries due to large oil and gas reserves, but should prepare for a period when oil will not be able to sustain its economy. According to the Qatar National Vision 2030, the government is making efforts to expand the economy and make it more flexible and competitive. In spite of the Qatar diplomatic crisis (2017-2021), the local tech ecosystem has remained relatively unscathed with several promising startups, such as Snoonu which raised the highest Seed investment to date and At-Home-Doc which raised the highest Series A investment. The eventful 2022 World Cup also brought Qatar to the attention of the world and creates a branding opportunity for the country and its startup ecosystem.

In recent years, the country has started to attract foreign startups due to a favorable business environment for tech initiatives. When it comes to attracting foreign startups, entrepreneurs, and investors to the country, Invest Qatar is a key organization to recognize. They work closely with businesses from ideation to operations, understanding their overall objectives and connecting them with the right stakeholders, resources, and platforms. Invest Qatar Gateway platform acts like a bridge between companies to partner, find resources, and connect with the Invest Qatar team.

In addition to an attractive investment environment, Qatar has a tight-knit startup community with a number of incubation centers, seed funding programs, and hubs, like the Qatar Science & Technology Park, the Qatar Business and Incubation Centre, the Digital Incubation Center, and the Qatar Foundation (QF).

Qatar has many things to offer entrepreneurs, satisfying key conditions like talent, capital, and market, to build a thriving startup ecosystem. To grow faster, the government should encourage the launch of more private sector venture capital funds in order to produce scalable startups and success stories to make Qatar a regional hub.


Qatar Top Startup Industries

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7 startups

7 startups

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4 startups

4 startups

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4 startups

4 startups

Ecosystem HealthCheck

Qatar Ecosystem Health Check

The health check tables allow you to look at the performance Qatar has in each of the parameters that are part of StartupBlink's ranking algorithm. There are five tables, corresponding to the three subscores, the subscore analysis and industry ana...

  • Overperformance
  • Performance equal to global ranking
  • Underperformance
ParameterParameter Global rankParameter rank change since 2022ResultContribution to total scoreRank gain / loss due to parameter
Total Score90-40.574100%0
Quantity Score86-30.19133.22%-3
Sample size of startups102-10401429.72%-4
Sample size of accelerators100-105-1510%-7
Sample size of coworking spaces7912230%-9
Community Score66N/A0.023.5%0


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The Startup Ecosystem in Qatar

In 2023, Qatar register a rise in Software & Data startups. Some of the most notable success stories in this industry are those of , Snoonu.

Global Rank

Qatar is ranked within the top 100 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Qatar’s startup scene is best represented in Software & Data, Fintech, and in and Healthtech.

Top Cities for Startups in Qatar - Ranked by StartupBlink
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Notable Startups in Qatar
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Successful Software & Data startups in Qatar
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