1st prize of ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar 2013’…

Al-Zubarah Boys School takes home 1st prize of ‘The Enterprise Challenge Qatar 2013’

Months of training and competitions culminate in School Finals and University Finals. University winners to be announced at the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Gala Dinner.

Doha, Qatar: November 16, 2013 – The Enterprise Challenge Qatar 2013 that develops the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people, has announced the winners of the high-schools’ final competition.

The Enterprise Challenge Qatar, a joint initiative between Qatar Shell and Bedaya, is a programme that enhances business knowledge and equips students with valuable skills including team work and strategic thinking.

The Al-Zubarah Boys School team came first in the finals that took place at Al Thakhira Youth Center this week in a strong competition that saw over 230 students in 50 school teams competing.

36 students from six schools of Al Khor and Al Shamal took part in the Business Simulation high-schools’ final competition.  Second place went to another team from Al-Zubarah, and the Al-Shamal Boys School took home third place trophies.

The schools’ finals were attended by key representatives including Sheikh Thani Al-Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Qatar Shell, Raed Al-Emadi, Vice Chairman of Bedaya Center and Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic and key figures from the Northern communities.

Qatar Shell and Bedaya partnered in 2012 to launch and develop The Enterprise Challenge Qatar. Qatar Shell is the founding sponsor of Mosaic in Qatar.  Mosaic, which developed The Enterprise Challenge programme, is a UK-based charitable initiative for young people founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Sheikh Thani Al-Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Qatar Shell, said, “The enthusiasm shown by the students in Al Khor and Al Shamal as well as their mentors has been inspiring. This year we brought The Enterprise Challenge to Qatar’s Northern communities which are a key focus of Shell’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts; next year we hope to take it one step further and reach out to other areas of Qatar to become a national programme.”

“Qatar Shell recognizes that cultivating entrepreneurship begins with another kind of investment – in young minds.  Therefore, providing students with business skills and the practical tools to ultimately succeed in a real business environment is of the utmost importance to fulfill Qatar National Vision 2030,” added Al-Thani.

Finals of the university competition took place yesterday at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Education City with 200 students from nine universities competing. The winning university team will be announced tonight during the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Gala Dinner, of which Qatar Shell is the Gold Sponsor. The university finals were attended by Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell, Abdulaziz Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer at Qatar Development Bank and Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic.

Winners of the competition, which is in its second year in Qatar, walk away with smart phones and tablets equipped with the Business Simulation software. The devices also come with applications allowing them to remain connected and to share the entrepreneurial skills within their circles.

“As the destination for entrepreneurial and career development services in Qatar, our role at Bedaya Center is to nurture young entrepreneurs,” said Raed Al-Emadi, Vice Chairperson of Bedaya Center. “This process begins at an early stage in a professional career.  With Enterprise Challenge reaching out to schools in the Northern part of Qatar this year, we are able to inspire young entrepreneurs at an earlier age and help guide them in the right direction and ultimately help them choose a career path.”

Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic said: “As we prepare to launch the Challenge for its fifth year in the UK, we really feel that in the Enterprise Challenge we have a tool that nurtures entrepreneurial skills and empowers young people worldwide. We are extremely excited to see the students from the participating schools in the northern communities and universities in Qatar compete to apply the business skills they have learned at the Finals.  We hope to see those participating students turn into and hopefully develop into real future entrepreneurs.”

40 mentors from Qatar’s business community spent the past two months training over 430 students from nine universities and six high schools. Mentoring was conducted through intensive sessions on core business concepts, focusing on the computer-based business simulation, which evaluates the teams’ performance as a business in a competitive marketplace over a three-year period. Students also received mentoring on ethical business, which tests participants’ ability to balance the economic, environmental and social performance of their company.

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