HECC Paris in Qatar has published the first-ever book giving in-depth analysis of Qatar’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.
'Qatar’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem' provides stakeholders looking to maximise opportunities in Qatar with unique insights into every stage of the entrepreneurial journey, from fund-seeking to product delivery, HEC Paris in Qatar has said in a press statement.
Written by HEC Paris postdoctoral research associate Dr Allan Villegas-Mateos, the book draws upon a wealth of research and first-hand experience, including primary data from interviews with a breadth of critical stakeholders in the region.
Among its primary findings, 'Qatar’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem' reveals that:
* Synergies between government, universities, industry and access to capital mean that Qatar is well-positioned to become an entrepreneurial powerhouse in the region.
* The country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is being bolstered by a number of key institutions such as Qatar Foundation, Qatar Development Bank and Qatar Financial Centre, which are providing frameworks to optimise talent development, finance and positive regulatory conditions.
* Qatar is home to several world-class educational institutions that are helping accelerate the country’s transition to a knowledge-based economy, one driven by innovation and home-grown talent. There are currently 18+ universities in the country offering equal opportunities to men and women, with women increasingly acknowledged as being particularly capable entrepreneurs.
* Financial sources are a strategic opportunity for future development in Qatar.
The book is the first to examine Qatar’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and processes in their entirety, offering investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers a comprehensive overview of the current reality, in all of its complexity. It also provides a set of recommendations gleaned from real-world best practices that stakeholders can adopt to support each other, and help advance towards Qatar National Vision 2030.
Dr Pablo Martin de Holan, dean of HEC Paris in Qatar, said: “In its examination of Qatar’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, this book identifies key stakeholders and analyses Qatar’s ability to support business development and suggest avenues to improve the quality of the ecosystem, and the number and impact of entrepreneurial firms.
“At HEC Paris in Qatar, we have a strong focus on nurturing entrepreneurs and SMEs as economic growth engines, and also as engines of innovation and diversification."
'Qatar’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem' will be officially presented on May 30 via an online session. Moderated by the author, the session will include Dr Francisco Marmolejo, president of Higher Education at Qatar Foundation; Juha Peralampi, manager of the Business Incubator at the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Qatar University; and Michael Javier, senior executive director at C-Wallet, as part of the panel. Members of the public wishing to participate can register for the event via this link: https://page.hec.edu/Q-202105-QEEBookLaunch30May2021_01-RegistrationPage-old.html
The session will be held from 4pm to 5.30pm.
Upon registration, one will receive an email with a Zoom link to the online information session. In case one does not receive the link, s/he can contact HEC Paris at [email protected]