Doha, November 17 (QNA) – Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) conducted a series of workshops on 15 November as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) marked this year with worldwide events that took place from 11 to 17 November. As a founding partner of the GEW initiative, for the first time in Qatar, QSTP organized activities that were formally part of this international effort.
The main objective of the GEW initiative is to inspire people across the world through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as entrepreneurs and innovators. The activities connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors, introducing them to new possibilities, exciting opportunities and creative ways of thinking.
The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 115 countries, with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.
During these workshops held at Crowne Plaza hotel in Doha, experts coming from start-up companies based at QSTP presented case studies of their companies’ formation and growth, fundamentals of their business model and factors of success to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex innovation environment. The distinguished speakers were: Omran Al Kuwari, Chief Executive Officer of GreenGulf Inc., a leading clean technology advisory and project development business; Mohamad Takriti, Partner and CEO of iHorizons, an ICT company that develops applications of modern information technologies in business and in human life; and Hussein AlNuweiri, President of Wimatek Systems, a developer of innovative wireless technology solutions.
Commenting on the entrepreneurship activities, Hamad Al Kuwari, Managing Director of QSTP said: “It is great to see that Qatar and QSTP are now actively taking part in this global GEW initiative. Entrepreneurship is at the core of QSTP’s existence, as one of its fundamental objectives is to provide holistic support to start-up companies by offering knowledge and skills, infrastructure and financial backing. We are a relatively young organization, but we have already accumulated a wealth of experience in this field and we are happy to share it with the world.”
The participants of the GEW also took part in three Lego workshops, a unique skill-building program based on the popular brand of building blocks. “Lego Serious Play” on entrepreneurship sought to improve decision making, opportunity identification and project leadership skills.
In the “Lego Bridge Building” workshop, participants experienced the advantages of teamwork, while gaining competitiveness and increasing performance. The group designed a bridge that impressed the organisers.
The “Lego Grand Prix for Innovation” took participants out of their comfort zone and challenged them to experience the real combination of creativity and risk taking in a real-world simulation, as they competed to build the furthest travelling car.
The atmosphere was full of energy and excitement. The workshops achieved their purpose of inspiring young entrepreneurs sharing key lessons such as risk-taking, creativity, and collaboration. (END)