Qatar University’s College of Business and Economics – Centre of Entrepreneurship (CFE) in collaboration with Qatar Development Bank and Alstom concluded a four-day intensive pre-incubation programme to prepare candidates to enter the business incubator, under the theme of ‘From Innovation to Commercialisation – Digital Edition’.
The aim of the online event was to provide hands-on training to the teams through a multilateral co-operation model and high involvement with local entrepreneurial stakeholders, including funding organisations.
The training programme continued from April 19 to 22 on an online platform named ‘Blackboard Collaborate’. The participants included Qatar University students, staff, and faculty. The programme was divided into three segments which included, training, coaching and pitching day.
The agenda for the programme consisted of training modules based on the “Business Model Canvas”. Pre-Incubator Training Programme was kicked off by Juha Peralampi, manager of Business Incubator at College of Business and Economics.
Dr Adam Mohamed Ali Fadlalla, acting dean, College of Business and Economics, said, “ We always push towards stimulating our student talents and encourage them to develop and innovate so that they can take initiatives and enter the entrepreneurial world. We are continuing to provide various training programmes and events for our students through our remarkable digital infrastructure. This is directly in line with the efforts of Qatar University for providing students with the best practices towards the business world and equip them with critical thinking skills for now and the future.”
“Pre-Incubator Training programme is entering into its 7th edition this year, and despite the current socioeconomic situation, we were able to completely migrate to a digital platform and provide practical training to our community. It is now, more than ever, that entrepreneurs need to step up to the challenge and take innovative initiatives towards the betterment of the society, community, and the country. We have already received a remarkable level of startup ideas and we look forward to assisting the teams in their journeys,” Peralampi, noted,
The programme was divided into the industries of: Arts, Design & Fashion, Corporate Social Responsibility, Digital Technology, FinTech (Financial Technology), MedTech (Medical Technology), Sports & Education, Sustainability and Technology in general.
This year’s prizes include a spot in Qatar University’s Business Incubator, QR2,000,000 potential funding for research and development by Qatar Development Bank, while Alstom will provide cash prizes which will include a business trip to its headquarters in Paris to meet with top management and get high-level training on topics of relevance.