Posted on November 05, 2014

The Board of Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar (GEW-Qatar) announced today that Qatar Shell has joined as Gold Sponsor for GEW 2014, to be held November 17-23 this year.

This is the third year of GEW-Qatar, which in 2013 included over 60 separate events drawing almost 3000 attendees. Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar aims to build on the ambition of the country’s youth by providing 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 by fostering awareness of the rewards of entrepreneurship among the country’s youth.

This year, GEW-Qatar is being held under the patronage of HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce. In addition to sponsoring GEW-Qatar, Qatar Shell in partnership with Bedaya Center launched ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ (ECQ) in 2012. ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ is a competition that promotes the spirit of entrepreneurship and business knowledge among young people. More than 700 students from nine universities and 15 schools across Qatar participated in the competition this year. Over 100 volunteer mentors, the vast majority of whom are Qataris, have delivered the coaching sessions for the student participants.

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Winners of the competition will be announced at The GEW Gala Dinner to be held on the evening of November 16. Mr. Wael Sawan, Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Shell companies said, “At Qatar Shell, we recognise that cultivating entrepreneurship begins with investing in young minds. We are delighted to be the Gold Sponsor of Global Entrepreneurship Week for the third consecutive year.” “We are proud to continue working closely with our partner Bedaya to widen the horizons of young people to appreciate and consider the value of entrepreneurial endeavours. Seeking to help nurture the business leaders of the future, ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ is part of our investment in Qatar’s future and in a sustainable economy,”added Sawan.

“Qatar Shell has a strong history of supporting entrepreneurship in Qatar, and we are very happy to have them on board as Gold Sponsor of GEW-Qatar this year,” said Silatech CEO Dr. Tarik M. Yousef. “Qatar Shell is providing both financial support as well as substantive programmatic content, such as the Enterprise Challenge Qatar, benefiting young entrepreneurs in the country,” he added. Qatar Development Bank (QDB) is Entrepreneurship Partner for GEW-2014, while the Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFC) has been named 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.

The Board of Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar consists of a variety of local organizations, including Silatech, the Bedaya Center, Enterprise Qatar, Qatar Shell, 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

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