Qatar Development Bank (QDB) has concluded the activities of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Qatar and the first virtual edition of the Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference 2020 (Rowad Qatar).
QDB successfully delivered on the promise of the theme for this year’s conference – ‘Business Sustainability: My Impact on My Economy and My Country’, by offering entrepreneurs an empowering virtual space where they can continue promoting and supporting Qatar’s pro-business environment, as well as helping consolidate the country’s leading position as the first in entrepreneurship in the Arab world and the third globally.
The conference also built on the success of its previous editions in cementing the importance of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Qatar and making it one of the most prominent platforms for entrepreneurship in the country, through its partnerships with various governmental, semi-governmental, and private institutions.
QDB CEO Abdulaziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa said, “The Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference aims to enrich and develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Qatar and celebrate its leading entrepreneurs and their achievements.
“It also helps strengthen collaboration among the ecosystem’s various actors and players in Qatar, and learn from the global perspective. This year, and in co-ordination with relevant institutions, we were able to present a distinguished edition of the Conference that received great feedback from all participants.”
During the event, QDB honoured the winners of the Al Fikra Competition and the Resilient Award, with eight projects winning in the three categories of Al Fikra. The winners in the Challenges category were Thought Square (first place), Tashtib (second place), and Ariva (third place). In the Startup category, the first, second, and third spots were claimed by Offside Detector, Vchanic, and Sounha, respectively. Al-Diqah Factory for Metal Recycling won first place in the Mashrouie category followed by EcoVend in second.
In parallel, three projects won the Resilient Award, which is dedicated to the best performing enterprises in facing the pandemic-induced challenges and turning the crisis into a platform for creativity and innovation.
This year, the top three award winners in order were Snoonu, Qatar German Gasket Factory, and Central Ventilation Systems. The list of winning ventures is distinguished by the diversity of their interests, specialisations, and innovative capacities.
The conference’s panel discussions and workshops covered a rich range of relevant issues and topics that met with great turnout from entrepreneurs, who praised the various sessions and said they were eager to actively engage in the conversation, reflecting QDB’s success in reaching the wider entrepreneurship community in Qatar and region.
In recent years, Qatar has successfully carved a distinguished place for itself in the global entrepreneurial scene, attracting several of the most prominent speakers and industry experts to the country.
The conference’s opening ceremony was attended by the vice president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, representatives from the World Economic Forum, deans and faculty from academic institutions, and speakers and participants from relevant ministerial and institutional bodies in Qatar who are keen to participate in this leading national event.
The Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference is held within the framework of QDB’s ongoing pursuit to establish a clear added value for the entrepreneurial community and advance the status of Qatar’s SME ecosystem as one of the most innovative and diverse worldwide.