Posted on April 10, 2016

Quick Startup 2016, a competition organized by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) and sponsored by Qatar National Bank (QNB), saw 60 students from universities across Qatar spending the weekend developing business plans and being mentored by industry experts, college professors and Qatari business incubators.

Carnegie Mellon Qatar uses business-focused competitions such as Quick Startup as one of the avenues to promote entrepreneurial skills throughout Qatar. Ilker Baybars, dean and CEO of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, said: “As Qatar progresses, entrepreneurship and startups are crucial for diversification of the economy. Quick Startup uses friendly competition and mentorship from experts to foster a culture of business innovation.”

Students began the three-day training program with a concept that they went on to develop into a viable business plan. At the end of the weekend, teams presented their ideas to a judging panel that included Yasmeen Hasan from Bedaya Center, Indica Amarasinghe from ictQatar, Belal Alkadhi from Qatar Business Incubation Center, Peter Moore from College of the North Atlantic Qatar, Juha Peralampi from Qatar University, and Milton Cofield from Carnegie Mellon University.

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The winning team members were Aisha Al-Derhim, College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q) and Fatima Alansari and Ruqaya Alsada from Qatar University (QU). Ibrahim Rehman, Serene Darweesh, Umair Qazi and Pance Ali from CMU-Q were awarded second place, and third place went CNA-Q’s Farnaaz Khan, Khadija Salim, Mohammed Zameel Zubair and Seham Abuhuzeimah.

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