The ‘Enterprise Challenge’ programme was created by Mosaic, a UK-based not for profit organisation established by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007 with a range of mentoring programmes aimed at fostering opportunities for young people.
Qatar Shell is the founding partner of Mosaic in Qatar, and together with Bedaya Centre, has worked to bring ‘the Enterprise Challenge’ to Qatar.
Enterprise Challenge Qatar is a programme that encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people; it promotes their business knowledge and equips them with practical business skills, developing their business acumen, team work and strategic thinking. Students learn about establishing and running a business through a business simulation game.
The competition is unique in that students benefit from being mentored by experienced business professionals who pass on their knowledge and skills about various aspects of business.
The ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme has different tiers for high school and university students, and is made up of three parts comprising: the Ethical Business Challenge, which tests participants’ ability to balance the economic, environmental and social performance of their company; and the Business Simulation element which familiarises students with general business concepts from inception through to trading, finance, sales, marketing and production. Grand Finals: The university or schools teams at the Grand Finals compete by playing the online game once more to try and record the day’s highest score.
ECQ in Qatar achievements: In 2012, Shell partnered with Bedaya to implement the Enterprise Challenge Qatar during the Global Entrepreneurship Week for the first time in Qatar. 14 teams from 3 Universities participated in the competition. In 2013 6 schools from Northern communities and 9 Universities from Qatar with 430 students participated in the programme. Winning Teams were recognized during the GEW. In 2014 14 schools from Qatar and 9 universities with 700 students participated in the program. With more than 120 volunteer mentors trained to deliver the program in schools and universities.