Posted on July 15, 2016

Maryam Abdulla, a Qatari, was among nine young entrepreneurs from the Gulf who benefited from a week of intercultural networking and knowledge sharing between Dubai and London. The aim of the programme was to foster Gulf-wide collaboration, help young entrepreneurs develop intercultural skills and gain insight into London's start up scene. It was an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai and London which included entrepreneurial meet ups and activities for Gulf nationals.

The nine entrepreneurs took part in the British Council's Dubai-London Enterprise week in which they got the opportunity to connect with their peers in the region and travel to the UK to learn from some of the best minds in London's start up scene. The week kicked off with two days of the British Council's new Intercultural Fluency training held at the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (DTEC), and was followed by a five-day visit to London which included visits to Kings College Entrepreneurship Institute and UCL Enterprise Society a student group which focuses on fostering grassroots entrepreneurship where they met with their UK peers and engaged with academics.

During their session, David Chapman, deputy director of UCL's School of Management encouraged the group of budding entrepreneurs. He said:"We need more students and entrepreneurs like you to be more mobile, agile, innovative, resourceful and adaptable." The group of nine also visited London and Partners' offices where they were introduced to the benefits London can offer to start-ups notably it's booming technology and information sector. Another highlight of the visit was the Institute of Directors an independent association of business leaders known for its work making the case for enterprise, entrepreneurialism and business in the public and to the government. During their visit, participants were introduced to the IoD 99 network for young business owners.

British Council Country Director in Qatar Frank Fitzpatrick (pictured) said:"Funding and mentorship are crucial elements for many young entrepreneurs, but so are such things as international networks and strong cross-cultural communication skills. We hope that Maryam Abdulla acquired the access and insight that she needed to realise her business's potential and create lasting international connections." Maryam, who is the founder of Bedayaty Marketing, said:"The Enterprise Week was a priceless experience for me and for all the entrepreneurs. We had the chance to visit several universities, incubators and accelerators that provide exceptional services to support start-ups in London. As an entrepreneur, the Enterprise Week exposed me to the vibrant community of entrepreneurs in the GCC and the UK. We also had the opportunity to share knowledge and cultures about our countries and businesses."

source: Qatar Tribune