Fourteen high school teams from across Qatar have made it through to this year’s semi-finals ahead of the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ 2014 (ECQ) Schools Grand Final competition to be held on 15 December 2014 at Barzan Youth Centre.
The Enterprise Challenge Qatar is an annual competition that encourages and inspires the entrepreneurial spirit among young people in Qatar. The competition was launched in October, with more than 700 students from schools and universities from across Qatar.
The competing semi-finalists from each of the participating schools hoping to make it through to this year’s Grand Final and walk away with the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ Trophy are from: 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.
Since the launch of this year’s challenge, more than 100 volunteer mentors, the vast majority of whom are Qatari, have delivered coaching sessions on core business concepts, focusing on the computer-based business simulation, which evaluates the teams’ performance as a business in a competitive marketplace over a three-year period. Students also received mentoring on ethical business, which tests participants’ ability to balance the economic, environmental and social performance of their company.
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. ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’, is delivered in cooperation between Qatar Shell and Bedaya Centre.
Bedaya, which means ‘starting point’ in Arabic, was established as a Center to provide young people with the ultimate entrepreneurial and career development services in Qatar.
Shell is the largest foreign investor in Qatar investing up to US$21 billion in the last six years. Qatar Petroleum and Shell delivered two of the largest energy projects in the world in Ras Laffan Industrial City. Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) is the world’s largest GTL plant and cements Qatar’s position as the GTL capital of the world. At an investment of up to USD19 billion it is the largest single investment in the Shell Group’s global portfolio.