After four days of intensive training, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) and its partner for the joint venture, Babson College, the Massachusetts-based entrepreneurship education centre, concluded their entrepreneurial skill-building workshop— ‘Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp’.
In the training programme, which ran from May 7 to May 10, 2017, was open to public registration and it was attended by 46 working professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs as well as founders of existing small and medium-sised enterprises (SMEs), who wished to learn more about the latest trends in entrepreneurship and innovation and seize opportunities to transform creative ideas into successful business models.
The visiting faculty members from Babson College, the globally-revered academic institution for entrepreneurship, each brought their distinct teaching pedagogies to the workshop. Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College, Professor Angelo J. Santinelli, discussed several core themes during the course of the camp, such as business development and strategic planning, sharing his experience of more than 25 years in entrepreneurship and business. Internationally-recognized specialist on entrepreneurship, Associate Professor Dr. Phillip Kim elaborated on how entrepreneurial ideas become realities and stressed on the importance of team-building, emerging economics, and technology entrepreneurship.
Commenting on the collaboration between QDB and Babson College, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), QDB, Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Khalifa said: "We are delighted by the turnout received at our first ‘Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp’ as it showed us the demand entrepreneurs across Qatar have for short, intensive training programmes that deliver quality education on entrepreneurship that is practicable in the real market.
To this end, we are particularly grateful to the contributions of two of the world's leading experts in the field of entrepreneurship – Professor Santinelli and Professor Dr Kim – for their support of our main organizational objective, which is to strengthen the SME ecosystem in Qatar.”
Over the course of the four-day workshop, the attendees at the Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp engaged in rich discussions on a number of topics and explored common challenges faced by founders and chief executives of companies in areas such as ideation techniques, team-building, entrepreneurs, competitive assessments, defining value propositions, business model development, brand-building, financial management and customer acquisition.
Commenting on bringing the college’s flagship crash course programme to Qatar, Senior Director, Babson College, Vinod Radhakeesoon, said: “It is an honour for Babson College for having brought our flagship Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp programme to Doha. "