Qatar will join over 100 other countries in participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide initiative that celebrates the innovators and job creators who launch startup businesses and drive economic growth. This will be the first year in which Qatar has had a formal Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign.

First held in 2007, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is led by the Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that works to promote job creation, innovation and economic advancement through entrepreneurship. In 2012, Global Entrepreneurship Week will be held November 12th to November 18th.

Within Qatar, Global Entrepreneurship Week is being organised by the GEW Qatar Board, a group of local organizations involved in the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic development within the country. Participating organizations include Bedaya Center, Enterprise Qatar (EQ), Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO), ICT Qatar, Ministry of Business and Trade, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Qatar Development Bank (QDB), Qatar Science  & Technology Park (QSTP) and The Youth Company. Silatech is the official Host Organisation for Qatar, and chairs the GEW Qatar Board.

According to Silatech CEO Dr. Tarik Yousef, “By combining our efforts together, we can create a far greater effect than our individual organisations would have by promoting entrepreneurship individually. Participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week gives us the opportunity to link with an established worldwide network to advance skills such as problem solving, creativity, and resourcefulness that are valuable to everyone, not just aspiring entrepreneurs.”

In 2011, over 24,000 participating organisations hosted a broad range of over 30,000 events, activities and competitions, reaching over 7.4 million people worldwide.

During the week of November 12th to November 18th, the GEW-Qatar Board will be working with a wide range of organisations, in both the private and commercial sector, to provide a program of activities, workshops and seminars promoting entrepreneurship in Qatar. Details will be found on a new GEW-Qatar Web site to be launched soon. Organisations interested in participating should contact Silatech directly at gew@silatech.com.

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