60 students attend Quick Startup contest

 12 Apr 2016 - 3:52

60 students attend Quick Startup contest

 

 

Officials with students at the event.

DOHA: Quick Startup 2016, a competition organised by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) and sponsored by Qatar National Bank (QNB), saw 60 students from universities in the country spending the weekend developing business plans and being mentored by industry experts, college professors and Qatari business incubators. 
CMU-Q uses business-focused competitions such as Quick Startup as one of the avenues to promote entrepreneurial skills in the country.
Ilker Baybars, Dean and CEO, CMU-Q, said: “As Qatar progresses, entrepreneurship and startups are crucial for diversification of the economy. Quick Startup uses friendly competition and mentorship from experts to foster a culture of business innovation.” 
Students began the three-day training with a concept that they went on to develop into a viable business plan. 
At the end of the weekend, teams presented ideas to a judging panel that included Yasmeen Hasan from Bedaya Centre; Indica Amarasinghe from ictQatar; Belal Alkadhi from Qatar Business Incubation Centre; Peter Moore from College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q); Juha Peralampi from Qatar University (QU); and Milton Cofield from CMU-Q.
The winning team members were Aisha Al Derhim (CNA-Q); and Fatima Alansari and Ruqaya Alsada from QU.
Ibrahim Rehman, Serene Darweesh, Umair Qazi and Pance Ali from CMU-Q were awarded second place, and third place went to CNA-Q’s Farnaaz Khan, Khadija Salim, Mohammed Zameel Zubair and Seham Abuhuzeimah. For details about upcoming events at CMU-Q, please visit: https://www.qatar.cmu.edu/calendar/month_view/The Peninsula