By Neil King
Open forum at Qatar University aims to give platform for entrepreneurship support
A two-day event aimed at discussing future plans and strategies for supporting entrepreneurs is due to be held at Qatar University.
The Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum will take place on 24 and 25 February, with H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada – minister of energy and industry in Qatar, and chairman and managing director or Qatar Petroleum – delivering the keynote address.
Entrepreneurship is expected to grow by 40 percent in the coming year, with a possible 2,000 new jobs to be created as a result, and the forum will bring together experts from business and academia across the GCC under the theme ‘fostering the new generation of entrepreneurs in Qatar and the Gulf’.
Young prospective business owners will have an opportunity to meet with established business leaders, who will be on hand to offer support, encouragement and advice.
A series of speeches, panel discussions and workshops will cover a range of topics including the role of education in encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship, how government policies can help entrepreneurs, and the role of public agencies, banks and angel investors in providing financing for start-ups.
Raed Chahaib, CEO of one of the organizers, Interactive Business Network, said: “This forum will attract the region’s experts from academia and business who will discuss key topics around the issue of promoting entrepreneurship in Qatar and the wider Gulf.
“They will examine how state and private sectors can collaborate to create suitable financial, educational and societal support networks for start-ups, emerging SMEs and entrepreneurs.
“Meanwhile, established business leaders will share their experiences in making a success of their organisations.”
Qatar University’s Dean of the College of Business and Economics, Dr Nitham Al Hindi, added: “The Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum provides an excellent opportunity for young entrepreneurs to learn first-hand from business experts and to enhance their skills and harness their talents to establish successful SMEs.”