The Platform (an online, one-stop-shop, both for existing and potential entrepreneurs providing simple direction to the information, support and inspiration to make the most of the existing offer to them by organisations in the eco-system).
Economic diversification is a key pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Common Purpose Navigator Program is one of a number of initiatives Shell and their partners are supporting to promote innovation and entrepreneurialism.
“We are proud to contribute actively, together with our partners Qatar Business Incubator Center (QBIC), Social Development Center (SDC) and Silatech, to the Common Purpose ‘Navigator’ programme,” says Rob Sherwin, Deputy Country Chairman & Chair of Navigator Advisory Group. “The programme will play a valuable role in engaging future leaders and entrepreneurs in some of the practical issues raised by the Qatar National Vision 2030 by helping them to be more innovative, more entrepreneurial, and better leaders.”
Munther Al Dawood, Projects & Investment Manager and Acting CEO at Social Development Center added, “We aim through the Navigator programme to engage entrepreneurs and future leaders in meeting the requirements of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and better equip them to address the challenges accompanying the surging economy. This will in turn help harness their leadership skills and develop entrepreneurial business ideas into innovative, sustainable and profitable businesses leading the way to economic diversification. He added “We at SDC are delighted to work closely with our partners to bring this excellent programme to Qatar and we hope that participants will maximize benefits from this initiative, ultimately reaching their full potential as future leaders”.
Participants on the Navigator programme were drawn from established organisations such as Hamad Medical Corporation, Ooredoo, Teach for Qatar, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar University, Al Jazeera, Lusail Real Estate, Sidra Medical and Research Center; new start-ups such as CloudClinik and Envirocon, as well as partners such as Shell, Silatech, SDC and QBIC.
"Entrepreneurship is fundamental to Qatar's efforts to develop toward a diversified, knowledge-based economy," said Mohammed Al Naimi, Acting CEO of Silatech. He added, "Silatech is proud to partner with Common Purpose to support the 'Navigator' program as we engage future leaders to develop fresh perspectives on the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship."
Aysha Al Mudahka, Chief Executive, Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) concluded:
"QBIC is delighted to partner with Common Purpose for the Navigator program, as it is directly aligned with our vision of creating an easily accessible, ever-growing private sector in Qatar.”
She added: “Aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who took part in the program are now well-aware of the challenges associated with starting a business, and are equipped with management skills needed to succeed and grow.”