By Tamara Pupic
A week-long series of events and workshops for aspiring young entrepreneurs is taking place in Qatar for the third year running
One of the world’s largest celebrations of entrepreneurship, the third Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW-Qatar 2014), has started in Qatar.
Taking place from 17 to 22 November at the Marriott Marquis City Center in Doha, GEW-Qatar 2014 encompasses over 40 entrepreneurship-related events to foster awareness of the rewards of entrepreneurship among the country’s youth.
The topics to be addressed include legal requirements of setting up a business in Qatar, media and presentation strategies, financing opportunities, product and market development, leveraging technology, social entrepreneurship, and many others.
In addition, the Qatar Chamber will host a panel session featuring female entrepreneurs in Qatar in honour of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, on Wednesday, 19 November, while Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) will organise a sports medicine hackathon for young entrepreneurs a day after.
In the presence of the patron of GEW-Qatar 2014 His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, the winners of the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ 2014 Universities Final Competition were announced at the gala dinner.
Among 700 students from nine universities and 14 schools across Qatar, the first prize of this year’s final round of the business simulation competition went to the Jockeys team from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) for achieving a net profit of QR47.79 million.
The Analysts team, also from CMUQ, was awarded the second place while Ibn Adam team from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar won the third place.
The Enterprise Challenge competition was created by Mosaic, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation established by the Prince of Wales in 2007 with a range of mentoring programmes aimed at fostering opportunities for young people.
Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa, CEO of Qatar Development Bank, which is the entrepreneurship partner of GEW-Qatar 2014, said: "The tremendous expansion of entrepreneurship underway in Qatar, which we must support with the right resources, will continue to transform projects into products - supporting the development and diversification of our private sector.
Interested entrepreneurs should visit www.gew-qatar.com