Injaz Qatar unveils ‘Start-Up’ Programme for young Qataris

July 06, 2014 - 12:05:36 am
Injaz Qatar and Boeing officials at the press conference. Abdul Basit

DOHA: As part of its commitment to empower the country’s youth, Injaz Qatar, a non-profit organisation and member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, has launched its latest entrepreneurial programme in partnership with Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company. 

Marking the third year, Injaz and Boeing have partnered to promote business acumen among young Qatari entrepreneurs through a new ‘Start-Up’ Programme, which aims at inspiring a culture of entrepreneurship and business innovation. 

The Boeing-sponsored programme offers selected teams, each with three to six members, seed funding and professional mentorship. 

Supported by Qatar Business Incubation Centre (QBIC), the ongoing programme runs for two years, helping viable ideas come to fruition and contribute to Qatar’s economic development. One team taking part in the programme are winners of this year’s Mubadara the Injaz Qatar Young Enterprise of the Year Competition. 

Injaz Chairwoman, Sheikha Hanadi, said: “Incubation and funding are central to transforming ideas into full-fledged businesses. We are grateful for the support of Boeing and all of our corporate partners, schools, universities and volunteers. 

“The Start-Up Programme will offer university winners of our Mubadara competition a chance to develop business ideas with seed funding and hopefully attract new donors to be part of our initiative that will elevate local entrepreneurs and bring new start-ups to the global arena.”

Jeffrey Johnson, President,  Boeing Middle East, said during the launch: “Together with Injaz, Boeing is helping propel Qatari start-ups to the global stage. By preparing these talented individuals with all tools needed to grow a successful business, the programme removes tough entry barriers and enables unrestricted creativity that will contribute to the country’s economic prosperity and competitiveness.”

Through its initiatives to uncover talent among youth and provide support to their projects, Injaz is equipping companies in their infancy with right tools and knowledge to prosper. 

Since its initiation, it has supported more than 14,000 students, with the help of 550 corporate volunteers. Thirty-eight schools and seven universities have been involved with Injaz’s three pillars of work: Readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. 

During the launch, a short film, entitled METFAME, was screened to showcase the winners of the competition held earlier this year. It video also highlighted key strengths of the winning team’s company, and the winners’ journey and success.The Peninsula