Qatar Development Bank (QDB) announced the eight winning teams of the 7th edition of Qatar National Business Competition (Al Fikra), a programme launched by the Bank to support Qatari entrepreneurs.
Al Fikra is an educational and coaching programme designed for Qatari led start-ups and entrepreneurs, enabling them to develop business ideas that can be turned into successful private value-adding businesses.
This year, Al Fikra was divided into three categories: the emerging ideas for 'Al Fikra Startup', a competition for general business ideas; 'Al Fikra Mashroie' for university students; and 'Al Fikra Challenges', allowing entrepreneurs to find solutions for some of the challenges that can be turned into business ideas and projects that can serve Qatar.
The competition witnessed the participation of 560 applicants. Eight were awarded special prizes, and 83 received training courses by professors and trainers in entrepreneurship. They also attended several practical workshops.
His Excellency (H.E.) Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari said that 7th edition of Al Fikra has demonstrated innovative and practical projects that reflect the full potential of Qatari youth and their ability to play an active role in achieving sustainable economic development in Qatar, especially when they find someone who guides and leads them to the right path.
In his speech at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, H.E. Al Kuwari praised QDB's pivotal role in the Qatar National Vision 2030, where the Bank worked for many years to fulfill its developmental mission at all levels by providing funding and training programs to build cadres and train youth on entrepreneurship.
H.E. the Minister added that the Bank has made a strong effort to provide young people with the necessary skills to participate in the establishment of their companies and projects, through programs such as Al Fikra, which is an important milestone in the life of professional entrepreneurs in Qatar. He pointed out that Al Fikra seeks to educate, empower and develop business ideas for young people and promote a culture of entrepreneurship in Qatar.
The competition took place in three stages, the first was evaluating the ideas submitted and ensuring their suitability; the second was attending workshops and training courses, and presenting comprehensive and clear work plans; the third was presenting the final works to the jury.
The winners of the competition will receive various services from QDB, including business incubators, finance, and advisory services so that they can mature their ideas and turn them into commercial ventures.
First Place: Awwalan (Roda Omran Al Qebais)
Second Place: Charity Cloud (Saeed Hamad Al Aswad)
Third Place: My Care (Ibrahim Zainal Alzainal)
First Place: Saleem (Lubna Marwan Hamada)
Second Place: Edu-Kate (Anas Ahmed)
Third Place: Qatar News Checker (Lahcen Shakour)
First Place: iFuel (Nasser Al Kaabi)
Second Place: Qwik (Kamal Kaldane)
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