His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, launched Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar (GEW-Qatar) on Monday at a ceremony attended by more than 200 entrepreneurs, policy makers, media, and representatives of institutions supporting entrepreneurship in the country. His Excellency is the patron of GEW-Qatar 2014, and this is the third year in which Qatar has participated in this global event. This year, over 140 countries will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week, hosting tens of thousands of entrepreneurship-focused activities. Silatech is the Country Host for GEW-Qatar.
Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar aims to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge they need by linking them with relevant organizations and mentors, by convening recognized local entrepreneurs to discuss regulatory and financial policies, and to foster awareness of the rewards of entrepreneurship among the country’s youth.
For his part, Mr. Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa, CEO of Qatar Development Bank said: "The tremendous expansion of entrepreneurship underway in Qatar, which we must support with the right resources, will continue to transform projects into products - supporting the development and diversification of our private sector. The launch and growing popularity of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Qatar has engaged entrepreneurs, built capacity and given great thinkers in our community the space and resources they need to create and innovate – moving the country’s entire entrepreneurial ecosystem forward. QDB will always support the success of SMEs, innovative projects and the people behind them. We look forward to many more years of partnership with GEW and everyone who makes this week possible.”
Wael Sawan, Managing Director and chairman of Qatar Shell companies said: “We, at Qatar Shell, are committed to supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030. We are therefore determined to make a very practical and tangible contribution to the critical national agenda of diversifying Qatar’s economy by using our scale and reach to support the development of a robust private sector.”
“We have decided to take a strategic approach to address this challenge from two different angles. Firstly, by helping to increase the number of young Qataris aspiring to become entrepreneurs. So we have partnered with Bedaya to bring the ‘Enterprise Challenge’ to Qatar to inspire young people want to consider entrepreneurship as a career option. Secondly, we want to support the development of Qatari Small and Medium Enterprises. So we have partnered with Qatar Development Bank to enable local SMEs to compete for specific business opportunities within Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas to liquids plant delivered by Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell,” added Sawan.
At the GEW Gala Dinner held on Sunday, Qatar Shell and the Bedaya Centre announced the winners of the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ 2014 Universities Final Competition. ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ is an annual business simulation and learning competition that gives students in Qatar a first flavor of the excitement of entrepreneurship, enhances their business knowledge and equips them with valuable skills including team work and strategic thinking. More than 700 students from nine universities and 14 schools across Qatar participated in the competition this year.
This year, around 40 events and workshops are planned, mostly taking place at the Marriott Marquis City Center and addressing topics such as legal requirements in Qatar, media and presentation strategies, financing opportunities, product and market development, leveraging technology, social entrepreneurship, and many others. In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, on Wednesday, November 19, Qatar Chamber, the International Chamber of Commerce, and How Women Work will host a panel session featuring female entrepreneurs in Qatar, workshops on interactive networking and how to do business in Qatar, and a team building "fun session" all at the Qatar Chamber offices.
On November 20-22, Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) is hosting a Sports Medicine hackathon for young entrepreneurs who will work together on possible solutions to solve real problems in the field of sports medicine. Qatar Development Bank (QDB) is Entrepreneurship Partner for GEW-Qatar 2014, while Qatar Shell is Gold Sponsor and the Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFC) is Growth Platform Partner. Silatech, a Qatar-based social initiative focused on youth employment and entrepreneurship, is the official Country Host for GEW-Qatar. I Love Qatar is the Official Online Partner, while The Edge is the Official Business Magazine Partner. Uber is Official Transport Partner and Evently is Event Partner.
The Board of Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar consists of a variety of local organizations, including Silatech, the Bedaya Center, Enterprise Qatar, Shell Qatar, Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Qatar University, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Science and Technology Park, 7ayak Hub, Qatar Business Incubation Center, and How Women Work. For more information about GEW-Qatar, see www.gew-qatar.com.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.