Bedaya Centre and Qatar Shell have recognised volunteer mentors and teachers, for contributing to the success of ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ 2015-2016, during a ceremony held at The Diplomatic Club in Doha.

Since its launch in 2012, ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’, which is designed to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people, has attracted an increasing number of participants. More than 100 volunteer mentors and 1,100 students from 13 universities and 25 schools across Qatar participated in the ECQ 2015-2016 edition. 

Volunteer mentors and teachers of the winning teams received special awards and certificates of appreciation in recognition of their efforts and dedication to the growing success of the programme in schools and universities. 

“As a mentor, I feel proud that I was able to make a positive impact by planting the entrepreneurial seed in the minds of young people, who will be tomorrow’s business leaders and will essentially help diversify Qatar’s economy.” Said Moza Fahri, a volunteer mentor, who volunteered her time to mentor schools in Northern Communities.

All volunteer mentors and teachers were also awarded certificates of appreciation in recognition of their continuous efforts to support the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’. Ms. Rima Al Homsi was recognised as The ‘Mentor of the Year’, for her efforts and dedication as a volunteer mentor for the programme who worked with many schools across Qatar. 

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.

This year, to make the competition more challenging for school students, the ‘business pitching of ethical and original business ideas’ was introduced to the programme. This additional aspect of the programme saw the finalist teams pitching their business concepts to a panel of expert judges, showing how they would start-up a small profitable business within their schools and universities.

 “We are extremely pleased with the positive response from volunteer mentors, schools, and universities alike. By inspiring the youth to become future business leaders, this programme contributes to building a thriving private sector in Qatar,” said Shikha Al Anoud Al Thani, Vice Chairman of Bedaya Center’s board and Qatar Country Manager for Silatech. 

Echoing Shikha Al Anoud Al Thani, Rob Sherwin, General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Deputy Country Chairman of Qatar Shell, said: “Our mentors are the cornerstone of this successful programme and we are proud of their ongoing contribution. It is thanks to our expanding community of volunteer mentors that our winning students have acquired the business skills and the practical tools to ultimately succeed in a real business environment and hopefully fulfil the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Last year, Qatar Shell signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to support ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’, and promote the competition in independent and private secondary schools in Qatar. In addition to this agreement, Qatar Shell partnered with the Qatar Voluntary to engage more volunteers in training students. 

The Enterprise Challenge was originally created by Mosaic, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation established by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007, to offer 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 in 2012.