Doha, 15 December 2014 - The ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ 2014 competition, has announced the results of its final contest for high school students. 

Ahmed Bin Hanbal Boys School won the first prize in the final round of the business simulation competition and took home the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ 2014 trophy. The second place was awarded to Al Zubarah Boys School while Al Shamal Boys School came in the third place.

The ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ is an annual competition that encourages and inspires entrepreneurship among young people in Qatar.  Taking part in the contest enhances their business knowledge and equips them with valuable skills including team work and strategic thinking.

Mr. Raed Al Emadi, Vice-Chairman of Bedaya Center said: “The Enterprise Challenge is paving the way to Qatar’s bright future. At Bedaya, we believe that encouraging young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career option for the future will help create a thriving private sector and ensure its sustainability for future generations. This year, I am very pleased to see over 100 volunteer mentors from Qatar’s business community. The majority of our volunteers are Qataris, who have been trained by Bedaya and Qatar Shell, and have volunteered their valuable time to coach students through a series of intensive mentoring sessions and workshops.”

“I am especially delighted about extending our partnership with Qatar Shell for an additional three years, because I strongly believe that when we invest in our young people through sustainable initiatives like ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar,’ we also invest in Qatar’s economic future and help advance its knowledge-based society,” added Al Emadi.

Mr. Rob Sherwin Deputy Country Chairman, Qatar Shell said: “We are also delighted to have extended our partnership with Bedaya and expanded the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ to reach, this year, more than 700 students from 14 schools and nine universities across Qatar. We are proud of this achievement since it demonstrates an impressive increase over last year, with twice the number of participating schools and a significantly higher participation rate,” 


“At Qatar Shell, we recognise that cultivating and nurturing entrepreneurship begins by investing in young minds, which is why I am delighted to see the outstanding results, hard work and dedication of students. It is of utmost importance to provide our youth with the business skills and practical tools to succeed in a real business environment and fulfil the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030,” added Mr. Sherwin. 

The schools participating in the 2014 competition are: Al Rayyan Girls School, Al Khor Girls School, Al Shamal Girls School, Al Guwairiya Girls School, Al Shahaniya Girls School, Qatar Complex Girls School, Umm Hakeem Girls School, Al Shamal Boys School, Qatar Technical Boys School, Ahmad bin Hanbal Boys School, Abdullah bin Ali Al Misned Boys School, Al Zubarah Boys School, Omar bin AbdulAziz Boys School, and Al Doha Boys School. 

The ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme has different tiers for high school and university students, and is made up of two 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.

The university winners of the grand final competition were announced at the Opening Gala Dinner of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, which was held from 17 to 23 November. 

The ‘Enterprise Challenge’ competition was created by Mosaic, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation established by His Royal Highness 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, has worked to bring the ‘Enterprise Challenge’ to Qatar.

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