Bedaya Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, a joint initiative by Qatar Development Bank and Silatech, in partnership with LuLu Hypermarket, inaugurated a dedicated section at the Gharafa branch aiming to support local entrepreneurs.
The newly-inaugurated showcase platform is the culmination of the ‘On the Shelf’ initiative that was launched earlier this year, in collaboration with LuLu Hypermarket and offers six local startups the ideal space to display their products in-store for three months at no cost.
The startups went through a foundation programme that provided them with the knowledge of how to prepare their products for inclusion in retail shops and supermarkets. The three-day programme, which was held in May at LuLu Hypermarket’s headquarters, was attended by 33 participants.
Hamad al-Qahtani, general manager of Bedaya Centre, said: “Today, we are witnessing yet another co-operation between Bedaya Centre and LuLu Group to support startups and small and medium-sized enterprises. We always seek to enrich and enhance the capabilities of entrepreneurs to advance their businesses and put them on the right path to take their first steps in the world of success.
“Our mandate is to help our promising entrepreneurs achieve their desired goals that would stimulate their business, emphasise the quality of their products, and enhance their pioneering role in society by qualifying them to expand their clients base and achieve a wider reach for their offerings.”
Dr Mohamed Althaf, director of LuLu Group International, said: “We are elated to witness the successful results of the strategic partnership with Bedaya Centre, which is in line with our vision of supporting and embracing Qatari startups, small and home businesses by opening new horizons for a large number of entrepreneurs who avail the centre’s support, especially when Qatari products have proven their worth and ability to compete in terms of high quality and best prices.
“Today, we are witnessing the launch of a special section dedicated for startups to display the products of the participating projects under the umbrella of Bedaya Centre. We are confident that this distinguished initiative will be a constructive step in the joint co-operation with Bedaya aimed at supporting Qatari entrepreneurs and their emerging projects.”
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