QSTP, QCDC, Teach for Qatar and Bedaya Center Host Young Entrepreneur Competition

Doha, Qatar: Middle school students from eight Arab schools in Qatar were able to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test in the first Young Entrepreneur Competition, organized in collaboration between Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), Teach for Qatar, and Bedaya Center.

Gharam Al-Yafi (also an alumnus of QSTP’s 2019 Arab Innovation Academy) along with two other leading teachers from the initiative, Diana Aref and Fikria Al-Dous, have enrolled in the Teach for Qatar program and have created the Young Entrepreneurs Competition as a diploma. program. Through their participation in the Meshkat program, they received training and guidance which they successfully applied and delivered to their students. Experts from the Meshkat program trained teachers in entrepreneurship in line with the Qatar Foundation (QF) Enhanced Collaboration philosophy.

The Meshkat program was jointly developed in 2020 by QF members QSTP and QCDC to educate high school students in Qatar about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and offers workshops, university clinics, an introductory seminar to entrepreneurship and technological innovation, and a visit to QSTP facilities.

The three teachers also participated in the Teaching and Leadership Development Program at Teach for Qatar, establishing their new initiative as part of their graduation project. The program is designed to be delivered entirely in Arabic and serves as a platform for Arab students to clearly understand the essentials of tech entrepreneurship. The program also encourages critical thinking, creativity and innovation; key elements of the human and social development components of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Hayfa Al Abdulla, QSTP Chief Innovation Officer, said, “We are proud to have combined our efforts with other leading players in Qatar’s educational and entrepreneurial ecosystems to amplify the impact of the Meshkat program. Since its inception, this program has served as a catalyst to both improve the level of knowledge and develop the capabilities of our young generation, eager to explore the inspiring and competitive world of technology and innovation.

Throughout the competition, teams of students followed a series of dedicated workshops to better understand the entrepreneurial journey and explore the different stages of technological innovation, such as concept development and proof of concept. They then had the chance to pitch their startup ideas to an expert jury consisting of representatives from QSTP, QCDC, Teach for Qatar and Bedaya Center. Three winners were selected: students from Soda bin Zamaa School came first, Fatima Al Zahraa For Girls School came second, and Maria Al Qutbia School came third.

“The impressive caliber of student presentations during the Young Entrepreneur Competition matched the quality and depth of the projects we saw at the university level. This speaks volumes about the strength of the Meshkat program in equipping its trainees with a strong set of entrepreneurial skills and empowering them to make an impact,” noted Al Abdulla.

“The Young Entrepreneur Competition reflects our mission to contribute to the professional development of our students, to help them become independent thinkers and make informed decisions about their future careers. We are happy to collaborate with QSTP and our other partners to successfully organize the first edition of this competition, which helps our young talents to identify from an early age the best way for them to contribute to the development and prosperity of our country. .

“Qatar has an evolving entrepreneurship ecosystem, and we are happy to be an active force in developing it further. As the country’s leading career guidance center, QCDC will continue to support our young entrepreneurs and guide them to effectively translate their ambition and ideas into impact. I congratulate all winners and participants and encourage them to continue to excel,” said Abdullah Al Mansoori, Director of QCDC.

Ahmed Al Saygh, Senior Entrepreneurship Advisor at Bedaya Center, said, “Our role in this competition was to help provide the right level of education, to help students in Qatar unleash their creativity and sharpen their minds. of business. Thanks to our workshops, teams were able to learn how to use SWOT analyzes and business model canvases in a real-world application, for example. During their presentations, we were proud to see the level of detail included by the students and that they were able to connect their project ideas to serve the Qatar National Vision 2030. We look forward to seeing how their projects will develop in the future.

Meshkat is just one of the programs offered by QSTP, as part of its key role in developing the ecosystem of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Qatar. To learn more about Meshkat and the full suite of QSTP programs, visit: https://qstp.org.qa/meshkat/

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