Doha: Bedaya Centre and Qatar Shell have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the entrepreneurship programme among the universities and schools in Doha and the Northern Communities.
The ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people, by equipping them with practical business skills to develop their business acumen, team work, and strategic thinking.
The programme is made up of two parts comprising the Ethical Business Challenge which tests participants’ ability to balance the economic, environmental and social performance of their company. The Business Simulation element familiarises students with general business concepts from inception through to trading, finance, sales, marketing and production.
Since its establishment in 2012, ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme has rapidly expanded, with a growing number of institutions, businesses, schools, and mentors getting involved. The founding Partners in Qatar, Bedaya and Qatar Shell, are targeting 700 students from nine universities and twelve schools from around Qatar during this year’s edition, following the participation of 430 students last year.
Commenting on the new agreement, Raed Al Emadi, Vice-Chairman of Bedaya and Silatech’s Chief Operations Officer said: “The future of Qatar is enterprise, and a youth adept in business will help foster a thriving private sector and ensure its sustainability for future generations. Therefore, when we invest in young people through initiatives such as ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar’, we invest in Qatar’s future as a knowledge-based society.”
‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme is delivered through a series of intensive mentoring sessions and workshops, delivered by around 100 volunteer mentors, half of which are Qataris, trained by Bedaya and Qatar Shell.
Sheikh Thani Al-Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Qatar Shell, said: “At Qatar Shell, we recognise that cultivating entrepreneurship begins with investing in young minds.” The Peninsula