A team of CNA-Q Business students came away big winners from a recent entrepreneurial competition held in Doha. The six-member team comprised of Business Administration, Human Resources, and Marketing students placed in the top three teams, and picked up the Best Marketing Strategy, the Best Presentation awards at a recent INJAZ competition.
“I am extremely pleased of these exceptional students,” said team mentor, and CNA-Q Business instructor Angela Flowerday. “They worked hard, utilized the skills they have learned at the College, and created a successful environmentally friendly company, that obviously impressed the judges.”
The company created by the CNA-Q students - Al Nakhla – makes straws out of fallen palm leaves. The idea is to limit the use of plastic straws, thereby reducing overall plastic waste. The team used the CNA-Q cafeteria, and Tim Horton’s to test market its product on campus.
“This was an excellent learning experience,” said Al Nakhla spokesperson Ayesha Ishrath Suraif. “We all gained a great deal of practical experience from this exercise, and we plan to continue on with our product, and turn it into a successful business. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Angela for her guidance.”
The rest of the team included Maaz Syed Ali, Perrihan Shehata, Anood Hussaini Syeda, Aisha Al Mirza, and Dana Abdelkarim.