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HEC Paris in Qatar leads initiative to set up entrepreneurship platform


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: HEC Paris in Qatar, the world's number one Executive MBA school, is leading the establishment of an Observatory of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a pro-active platform to gather and disseminate knowledge and research findings from different institutions interested in the determinants of entrepreneurship and innovation in Qatar.

The initiative was launched during a dedicated workshop recently at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located next to the new state-of-the-art HEC Paris campus in Msheireb Downtown, which drew an enthusiastic audience from 17 primary stakeholders including multi-national technology companies, Qatar government departments and subsidiaries, Qatar University, leading local entrepreneurs, and major private sector players. The observatory will facilitate collaboration, encourage discussion, and share insights of Qatar's entrepreneurial ecosystem to develop new models and frameworks for it and impact economic development towards the Qatar National Vision 2030.

“We have received a very strong early day response to this initiative which is clearly aligned to our redefined values and primary purpose of enabling everyone to make an impact on business and society,” said, Dr. Allan Villegas-Mateos, a faculty member at HEC Paris in Qatar. 

“We are looking to build a community network of entrepreneurship scholars, practitioners, and institutions who, and which, can come together to jointly support the professional development of their associates and members. The Observatory will then encourage impactful research on and about entrepreneurship and innovation in Qatar and the wider Gulf region and promote inter-network exchange and activities that contribute to the consolidation of a strong entrepreneurial culture, based on the hands-on experience of the different institutions represented.”

The Observatory will focus on three key positioning areas: being seen as a research meeting space, a think tank and an innovation catalyst. This will see it coordinate research efforts by organizing workshops, annual meetings, special calls for publishing as well as training and developing opportunities for members to explore new research avenues. 

The Observatory will be guided by an advisory board comprising representatives of the founding institutions who will analyze results, plan annual objectives and select an observatory coordinator. The founding partners includes banks, universities, research centers, government agencies, investors, incubators, and accelerators. 

“We strongly believe that supporting and nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem within Qatar is very important because it is the fuel for tomorrow's growth and this event is an amazing opportunity to set an action plan that will help stakeholders reach their goals of supporting the ecosystem.” elaborated Dr. Allan Villegas-Mateos.

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