EEL Acceleration Program

The Entrepreneurship Institute is proud to offer the Entrepreneurial Emerging Leaders (EEL) Acceleration Program – a unique, carefully structured enterprise program that is open to all KFUPM students, faculty and entrepreneurs. The program is an ideal opportunity for those who aspire to be an entrepreneur and/or would like to learn more about entrepreneurship and business startup.

Program Benefits

Participants of the EEL Acceleration Program benefit from a range of enterprise support measures that are vital in the business startup process. These include:

  • Extensive mentoring from business experts
  • Access to the EI Incubator space
  • Opportunities for startup funding
  • Developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Support to protect a new business idea

EEL Acceleration Program Modules

The EEL Acceleration Program consists of 9 modules, namely:

  1. Act-Build-Learn.
  2. Create Entrepreneurs.
  3. Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship.
  4. Business Structure.
  5. Entrepreneurial Marketing.
  6. Entrepreneurial Accounting.
  7. Entrepreneurial Finance.
  8. Business Plan.
  9. Entrepreneurial Leadership Workshop.

Follow this link for more details about each of the modules.

Program Timings

  • Weeks 1 - 6: EEL Classes (every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Week 6: KoG Funding Round
  • Weeks 7 - 10: Dedicated for Mentoring (Guidance from experts)
  • Weeks 11 - 13: Preparation of Business Plan Final Pitch
  • Weeks 13 - 14: Funding and Demo Day Preparation


The EEL Acceleration Program also includes seminars by business experts on relevant topics related to entrepreneurship. The aim of these seminars is to enable participants to learn directly from people who have practical experience in the field related to the topic of each seminar.

Seminar topics include:

  • Mockup app/web development.
  • IP & commercialization.
  • Product development.
  • Business ethics.
  • Accounting for non-accountant.
  • Marketing plans.
  • Financial plans.
  • Preparing an investable pitch.
  • How to conduct a feasibility study.

Funding Opportunities

Keys of Goodness Grant

This grant is available to business startup teams to help them develop prototypes / minimum-viable-products (MVP) to demonstrate their idea to investors. More information about the criteria and process for grant awards is provided during participation in the EEL Acceleration Program.


The Mentoring Program connects aspiring entrepreneurs with highly skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable professionals to help guide them through the startup process. Follow the link below to find out more about our network of mentors.

Incubator Services

The Business Incubator Center provides a range of resources to university entrepreneurs to help facilitate the startup process. The services offered aim to complement the other two Centers of the Entrepreneurship Institute to help support the successful development and launch of startup companies.

EELA program calendar

EELA Registration link
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