Posted on November 19, 2012

Sixty students became entrepreneurs for the day when INJAZ Qatar teamed up with the Bedaya Center to host the latest installment of its ‘Innovation Camp (I Camp)’ series. The event was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which was hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Doha last week.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Held this year between 11th - 18th November, GEW emerged in 2008 as an initiative forged by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since its inception, it has expanded to include 115 countries — with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.

Innovation Camp was designed to provide an engaging entrepreneurship experience for students. With anywhere between 50-100 people participating during the five-hour event, students are divided into teams of up to 10 to compete against each other to solve a business challenge within a limited time. Each team is given access to tools, information and resources and is guided by a corporate volunteer from the business sector.

Aysha Al Mudehki, Executive Director, INJAZ Qatar commented, “It has been a great honour to partner with Bedaya Center to host the INJAZ Innovation Camp during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The initiative contributes to our overall mission to invest time, impart knowledge and share experiences with the next generation of business leaders.  We look to inspire the youth of today by igniting the entrepreneurship spirit within them. With the help of our volunteers we were able to provide students with the skills they need to succeed.”

Each team, mentored by  eleven corporate volunteers from Yashfeen Medical Equipments, Qatar University, Nasser bin Khaled Holding, BDO Jawad Habib, Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Qtel, Roudha Center and SEIB Insurance were given access to a range of tools and asked to come up with creative ideas to encourage safe driving in Qatar. Each student team prepared a business plan that was pitched to a panel of judges for the most creative idea.

The panel included Shadi Eideh, Digital Content Cluster Manager at ictQatar, Saleh Al-Khulaifi, Head of Bedaya Center, Iqbal Kaundal, Head of Advisory at Qatar Development Bank and Ricard Huguet Managing Director of Invenio. Prizes for the two winning teams were sponsored by Blue Salon.

Saleh Al-Khulaifi, Head of Bedaya Center commented, “Bedaya Center is delighted to be part of Innovation Camp run by INJAZ Qatar. We believe that such activities and programs help support building entrepreneurial mindsets in young people by allowing them to create real and innovative business ideas and solutions. It was a great opportunity to run this event during Global Entrepreneurship Week and to see the students actively participating and working together at I-Camp. We look forward to working with INJAZ on similar projects in the future”

Qatar Airways flies 3 times weekly to Belgrade, Serbia starting 20th November