Doha, August 22 (QNA) – Qatar will join over 100 other countries in participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide initiative that celebrates the innovators and job creators who launch startup businesses and drive economic growth. This will be the first year in which Qatar has had a formal Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign. First held in 2007, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is led by the Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to promote job creation, innovation and economic advancement through entrepreneurship. In 2012, Global Entrepreneurship Week will be held November 12-18.
Within Qatar, Global Entrepreneurship Week is being organized by the GEW Qatar Board, a group of local organizations involved in the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic development within the country. Participating organizations include Bedaya Center, Enterprise Qatar (EQ), Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), ICT Qatar, Ministry of Business and Trade, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and The Youth Company. Silatech is the official Host Organization for Qatar, and chairs the GEW Qatar Board.
Silatech CEO Dr. Tarik Yousef said: “By combining our efforts together, we can create a far greater effect than our individual organizations would have by promoting entrepreneurship individually. Participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week gives us the opportunity to link with an established worldwide network to advance skills such as problem solving, creativity, and resourcefulness that are valuable to everyone, not just aspiring entrepreneurs.”
In 2011, over 24,000 participating organizations hosted a broad range of over 30,000 events, activities and competitions, reaching over 7.4 million people worldwide.
During the week of November 12-18, the GEW-Qatar Board will be working with a wide range of organizations, in both the private and commercial sector, to provide a program of activities, workshops and seminars promoting entrepreneurship in Qatar.
Silatech is a Qatar-based social initiative that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. The organization promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development. Founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Silatech finds innovative solutions to challenging problems, working with a wide spectrum of development organizations, governments and the private sector to foster sustainable, positive change for Arab youth. (QNA)