Posted on November 19, 2014

As part of its outreach initiatives for young job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs, Doha-based Silatech has hosted several youth-focused workshops during this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 16-22). Silatech is a social initiative focused on youth employment and entrepreneurship, as well as the official Country Host for GEW-Qatar. On Monday, November 17, Silatech Associate Director of Employability Dr. Rachel Awad led a session entitled "How Interns Can Help You Grow Your Business."

"From the employer's perspective," stressed Awad, "a well-designed internship program can bring new expertise and energy into an organization, as well as fresh perspectives and brand advocates. And from a student's perspective, an internship provides valuable work experience and on-the-job training. It's a win-win situation for all involved." Silatech works with employers to design tailored internship programs fitting the needs of each organization.

Silatech GEW workshops explore 2 [].jpgOn Tuesday, November 18, Silatech convened the third workshop of an informal entrepreneurship policy working group. Discussions focused on how to best support an enabling policy environment for both aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in Qatar, as well as the potential for improved impact from stakeholders in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. On Tuesday, November 18, Raghda El-Meligy of Silatech spoke on “Eight Qualities You Can Take Away from the Entrepreneurs Who Couldn’t be Here,” about the qualities and habits that successful microentrepreneurs throughout the region maintain. Silatech is the largest provider of microenterprise support services in the Arab world.

Based in Doha, Silatech is a regional social initiative focused on improving the climate for employment and entrepreneurship for young people throughout the Arab world. Silatech is also the Qatar Country Host Partner for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a worldwide celebration featuring thousands of entrepreneurship-focused activities in over 140 countries.

This year, GEW-Qatar features over 40 workshops, discussions, lectures and interactive sessions taking place over the seven day (November 16-22) period. Other organizations participating in GEW-Qatar include the Bedaya Center, Enterprise Qatar, Entrepreneurs’ Organisation, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Qatar University, Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar Shell, 7ayak Hub, Qatar Business Incubavtion Center, How Women Work, Uber, The Edge, I Love Qatar and Evently. For more information about GEW-Qatar, see