Nov 1st 2021 Start

Registration & online submission START

Dec 1st 2021 Deadline

Registration & online submission DEADLINE

Jan 13th 2021 Ceremony

Notification of jury results along with invites for winners & distinctive guests.


The AUIS Innovation Awards (AIA) highlights innovation excellence in institutions in the KRI region & Iraq. Initiated by AUIS Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (AEIC) to put a spotlight on innovative solutions that have been developed and executed over the preceding two years that:

Have shown to have a positive impact by proposing better solutions than earlier ones.

Click Below to fill the AIA 2022 Application Form

AIA 2022 Form


our team

AUIS Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center (AEIC) is an initiative established in 2019 for research and advocacy programs focused on improving Iraq and the Kurdistan Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Entrepreneurs in Iraq and its neighborhood struggle with challenges posed by limited infrastructure, mentorship, and capital. AEIC aims to fill that gap by providing aspiring entrepreneurs with access to mentors, pitching events, learning resources, awards, accelerator programs, and seed funding. One of those programs is Takween Accelerator.

For more info about AEIC, check out:


The AUIS Innovation Awards Council is created by AUIS Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center (AEIC). AEIC formed a group of distinguished interdisciplinary experts in industry, business, academics, institutions and finance to evaluate the contest activities, select the jury and become an advisory and monitoring group for the contest.


Eileen Brewer is the Director of the Takween Accelerator based at AUIS. Before this she spent 20 years in Silicon Valley working at tech companies. She has been an angel investor since 2015 and a global consultant focused on youth entrepreneurship since 2014.

On AIA: I am supporting the AUIS Innovation Awards program because supporting youth entrepreneurship is an excellent way to improve the country's private sector and employment opportunities.

Eileen Brewer

Founder and ceo


Rebeen has been with AUIS since July 2011 and is currently the Executive Director of Admissions and Communications. He has more than 20 years of work experience, mostly in managerial positions, in public relations, media, NGOs, and higher education. He holds a BSc in Chemistry from University of Sulaimani and an MBA degree from AUIS.

On AIA: Rebeen is honored to be part of this great initiative and in his opinion, there isn't a lack of innovation in the region, rather, the real challenge is not having enough support and guidance for innovators while they try to change the world around us.

Rebeen Azad

Executive Director


Delawit Mesfin is Director of Communications at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and has over 15 years experience working in the entertainment, media, and education sectors in the United States and Kurdistan Region.

On AIA: She is a proud member of the AUIS Innovation Awards Council because of its mission to recognize and reward innovators who positively impact society.

Delawit Mesfin

Director of Communications


Dr. Sumer PhD is a faculty member and the Chair of Business Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). He has published several articles, book chapters, and a book. He taught multiple international studies, business, and economics courses in South Carolina and Virginia before joining AUIS in 2012.

On AIA: The AUIS Innovation Awards program is a much-needed initiative in Iraq that will not only excite and motivate innovators, but also provide them with a first step toward turning their innovations into marketable products.

Fahrettin Sümer

Chair of Business Department


Ramazan Uctu is an Associate Professor of Economics at American University of Iraq-Sulaimani and a Research Fellow of Economics at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His area of interest includes innovation systems in biotechnology, technology transfer and commercialisations, technological entrepreneurship, and local economic development.

On AIA: I believe this initiative is important because it will help to create a smart future through promoting innovation. As it is said “It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to foster innovation.

Ramazan Uctu

Associate Professor of Economics


Goshan M. Karadaghi is a Global Health specialist and is a lecturer in the Medical Sciences Department at AUIS. She has been an academic and educator for over 7 years but has also worked in partnership with non-profit centers, government and international agencies, and domestic organizations. Her areas of passion and interest are health, youth development, gender, and education.

On AIA: I have a strong belief that our youth have untapped potential and remarkable talent, and to be able to help some of them realise their significance in influencing and developing our society is very exciting for me.

Goshan Mohammed

lecturer in the Medical Sciences Departmen


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