Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdulwahed Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, INJAZ Qatar, a non-profit organization and member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, held an award ceremony to mark the conclusion of Mubadara 2020, the Annual Young Enterprise of the Year Competition virtually via Zoom.
To encourage and support young entrepreneurs in Qatar, the grand finale of the 13th edition of Mubadarawas attended by the competition’s partners, sponsors, officials, ministry of education representatives, students, parents, volunteers, friends and media representatives.
The Best Company of the Year award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar, was presented to "Tailory" from Texas A&M University at Qatar and to "Just Move" from Um Ayman Seconday School for Girls. The Most Innovative product/Service Award, sponsored by Qatar Development Bank was presented to "Anamil" from Qatar University and "Hands-On" from Al Maha Academy for Girls.
The Best Marketing Plan Award sponsored by Ooredoo was presented to "Al Nakhla" from College of North Atlantic and to "Palmware" from Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration School for Boys. The Best Social Impact Award sponsored by HSBC Bank was won by "Cofenix” from Northumbria University and “JABSEED” from Michael E. DeBakey High School. In addition, to the People’s Choice Award sponsored by FRAME won by “Re-Furnish” from Northumbria University , as the Best Company Report award went to “Gherass” and “Friendly Nurse” from Qatar University and to “Taiao” from Newton International Academy. The Best Public Presentation Awards won by “Al Nakhla” from College of North Atlantic, “Tailory” from Texas A&M University at Qatar, and to “Thrifted” from Pearling Season International School.
“We have partnered with INJAZ Qatar since its inception in 2007, and we’re honored to continue supporting its Mubadara initiative. We’re proud of how our relationship has developed over the years, guided by a strong sense of responsibility towards creating a sustainable future for Qatar,” said Dominic Genetti, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar. "Mubadara provides the tools, mentoring and training that will help Qatar’s youth become successful business entrepreneurs, advancing innovation and competitiveness, and strengthening local communities”.
Mubadara is the culmination of a five month-long programme where student teams are offered the opportunity to conceptualize, establish and run a real business, with the guidance of professionals from leading businesses across Qatar.
“It is inspiring to see the spirit, ideas and effort presented by these students. Now more than ever we should continue to focus on will developing the future entrepreneurs and leaders. Collaborations such us this, between the private sector and INJAZ, is important because it provides Qatari youth the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality,” stated Bernard Dunn, President of Boeing in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
The winner “Tailory” from Texas A&M University at Qatar was also awarded seed funding of QR 35,000 from BOEING to help support their enterprise in addition to ongoing support and Incubation Award by QBIC (Qatar Business Incubation Center).
Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Al-Thani, Chairperson, INJAZ Qatarand INJAZ Al Arab said: “Mubadara comes as a part of the ongoing efforts to provide our youth with the support they need to develop their skills and capabilities aiming at empowering them to succeed in a very competitive and rapidly changing world on the road to build a knowledge-based society in Qatar. We are proud of reaching out more than 92,000 students from Qatar's schools and universities since the launch of our initiatives 13 years ago”.
Sheikha Hanadi stressed on the youth’s growing need of support from different institutions and bodies in the countryin light of the exceptional challenges related to COVID-19 pandemicall over the worldnoting the rising importance of such initiatives more than ever due to these unprecedented conditions.
Both winning teams of the Best Student Company Award from University & High School will now represent Qatar at the Regional INJAZ Al-Arab Young Enterprise of the Year Competition to compete against other teams from 14 different countries in the MENA region.
To express its support to INJAZ Qatar, Ooredoo distributed IPhones to the winning teams of the best company award.
This year’s Mubadara Award Ceremony sponsors are: ExxonMobil as Platinum Sponsor, "Ooredoo" as Gold Sponsor and "HSBC Bank" as Silver Sponsors. "BOEING" is the strategic partner for the Start-Up program, "Qatar Development Bank" is the program partner, Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) is the Incubation partner who will host the winner and "Frame" is the Media Partner.
Source: Press Release
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