Qatar Recognizes GEW as Launchpad for Tomorrow’s Success Stories
To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2021, national hosts around the world worked hard to bring campaigns to life in 200 countries. GEN will spotlight some of these campaigns to share how entrepreneurs were inspired and empowered in different parts of the world.
Julia
DiLeo
16 Dec 2021

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2021, national hosts around the world worked hard to bring campaigns to life in 200 countries. GEN will spotlight some of these campaigns to share how entrepreneurs were inspired and empowered in different parts of the world. 

GEN caught up with Soud Al Boinin, the National Host for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Qatar to learn about the activities planned across the country, the collaboration taking place to make it all possible and goals for the 2021 campaign.

Al Boinin is Marketing and Partnerships Manager at Qatar Development Bank (QDB), the National Host Organization for GEW in Qatar. GEW Qatar celebrated the week with a series of in-person and virtual activities with support of partner organizations like the World Economic Forum, Northwestern University, Ernst & Young, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Qatar University, Qatar Business Incubation Center and Texas A&M University. The focus of this year's event was Digital Transformation and Thriving in the New Economy.

GEN: How did Qatar come together to celebrate GEW?

Soud Al Boinin, GEW Qatar: As the national custodian of GEW, Qatar Development Bank – as with every year – invites all entrepreneurial ecosystem players (regulators, governmental entities, academic institutions, private sector and business incubators/accelerators) to take part and contribute to the annual Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference (also known as Rowad Qatar). Under this national umbrella, all key ecosystem players come together to deliver best practices, insights and impactful knowledge to an audience consisting of seasoned business owners, SMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to establish the country’s next success story. For the 2021 edition, some of the confirmed partners include: World Economic Forum, Northwestern University, Ernst & Young, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Qatar University, Qatar Business Incubation Center and Texas A&M University.

GEN: What key activities took place in your country during GEW?

Soud Al Boinin, GEW Qatar: For the 2021 edition, the Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference will take place over 3 days and will be delivered as a hybrid event (on-site & virtual sessions). Under the theme of “Digital Transformation & Thriving in the New Economy”, nearly 20 partners will be delivering content in the form of daily panel discussions, workshops and keynotes. All sessions are open to the general public, at no cost, and are accessible via Zoom. In total, more than 30 workshops will be taking place, in addition to three panel discussions and one prominent keynote session. In addition to these activities, the Rowad Award Winners will be announced during the opening ceremony of the conference – recognizing five top performing SMEs across five unique categories.

What were your goals for GEW 2021?

Soud Al Boinin, GEW Qatar: As with every edition, our primary aim is to inspire the next generation of innovative, aspiring entrepreneurs take the leap with the their business ideas. For 2021 specifically, our goal is to share best practices and insights from numerous experts on how startups and SMEs can navigate the “new economy” in a post-pandemic world. We also strive to deliver content that will allow these startups and SMEs to grow, develop and adopt an agile mindset that allows them to reach their full potential. Our overarching goal is to continue the push towards building a knowledge-based economy within the State of Qatar.

GEN: Why is Global Entrepreneurship Week important for your country's startup ecosystem? 

Soud Al Boinin, GEW Qatar: Global Entrepreneurship Week has become the platform through which the ecosystem’s most influential players come together to celebrate and promote entrepreneurship. It represents an opportunity for the industry’s experts and professionals to share the knowledge & insights they’ve accumulated over the past 12 months with a broader audience, on a wide-reaching platform. GEW serves as a reminder of how far Qatar has come in terms of developing local entrepreneurial talent that is now reaching regional and global markets. It is a launchpad from which tomorrow’s success stories can be inspired and access invaluable expertise to start and grow their own ventures – contributing to the development of Qatar’s private sector.

GEN: What do you want the world to know about your country's startup ecosystem? What trends, if any, are you noticing?

Soud Al Boinin, GEW Qatar: Qatar’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is expanding at a tremendous pace. More and more startups are entering the market on a monthly basis, and more companies are at the acceleration phase than ever before. The Qatari market holds untapped potential, and the avenues of growth are countless. For example, the fin-tech scene within the country is booming, with Qatar being ranked the 2nd biggest fin-tech investor (ranked by Magnitt) in the region, despite the fact that Qatar fin-tech hub kicked-off its operations less than 2 years ago. The fashion tech scene is also picking up momentum, with a new pipeline of fashion designers emerging onto the scene.

Julia DiLeo

Digital Communications Associate | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Julia DiLeo is a Digital Communications Associate at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. She joined GEN in May, 2020 and is involved in all… More