Tour of Business Gateway Center at CNA-Q
DOHA, QATAR – The College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) today held an event to celebrate the launch of their 2020 Business Gateway projects. At the event, the winning team from last year’s competition presented their project, demonstrating consistent hard work and their talent for innovation. The event was held on college campus, and is the second phase of the highly successful Business Gateway initiative, developed in cooperation with Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO).
The first of its kind initiative was officially launched during a special ceremony last year at CNA-Q, in the presence of H E Dr Mohammed Saleh Al Sada, former Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Ibrahim Al Naimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, dignitaries, and leading academics.
In order to take part in the competition, teams had to submit a business plan and attend at least three of the workshops delivered as part of the program, including “How to Pitch”, Marketing, and Financial Planning.
Dr. Salem Al-Naemi, Acting President of CNA-Q, said “This is an extremely proud moment for everyone at CNA-Q involved with Business Gateway. By working together and fostering innovation amongst our students and staff, we are actively developing and tangibly supporting future entrepreneurs in Qatar and beyond.”
"It was a special journey for our students, through which they learned and built on their knowledge and skills, and obtained the support they need, to work hard to be here, among the first projects launched at the North Atlantic Business Gate in Qatar".
Wednesday’s event witnessed a presentation of last year’s winner team and marked the opening of this year’s round of submissions for the initiative, with an enthusiastic call for new registrations. The event culminated in a tour of the CNA-Q Business Gateway Centre.
Also attending the event were academic leaders and deans of CNA-Q, Ibrahim Al Mannai, Executive Director of Advisory and Incubation for QDB, Abdullah Faleh al Saeed, QDB’s Learning and Development Manager, along with the Business Gateway program mentors and Student Ambassadors who were inducted on the day.
Mr. Abdullah Faleh Al-Saeed, Learning and Development Manager, said: “In Qatar Development Bank, through partnership with the College of the North Atlantic in Qatar and similar academic institutions, we seek to empower and develop students and faculty members who are entrepreneurs on their journey towards transforming their ambitious ideas into projects on the ground. Able to enter the local and global market, and this is what the Business Gate aims to do.
Business Gateway - now in its second year - is a pre-incubator hub for new and innovative business ideas from across the CNA-Q community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. It was developed in cooperation with QDB in order to provide a supportive space for budding entrepreneurs, whereby they can discuss ideas and promote productive dialogue on business innovation. The program provides training through a variety of subject-specific workshops, and a series of speaker events. Participants also get access to coaching from the program’s business mentors, and an opportunity to develop their leadership abilities.