A series of events in line with the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW 2017) concluded recently at the National Business Centre (NBC) in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM). The events, which also come in line with the Sultanate’s celebrations of the 47th Glorious National Day, were organised by NBC which pertains to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), in cooperation with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada).
The final event of GEW Oman 2017 was the Startup Weekend programme, which was held for a period of three days. Startup Weekend is a global programme that connects entrepreneurs, organising teams, and startup communities around the world. The programme is a 54-hour weekend event that featured around 20 consultants and experts in entrepreneurship. The event aimed at promoting communication between the participants and exchange views. Each participant came up with an idea during the programme and the best idea from the groups was voted for. The programme concluded with the selection of three most viable and cost-effective ideas.
Guide to Go project won the first place. Its idea is to introduce tourists to the most beautiful touristic spots in the Sultanate through an online application that enjoys all the necessary details needed by the tourists. The application would also contain an audio feature that explains the locations in a convenient way.
Oman Camping project won the second place. The idea of the project is to organise tourist trips to Duqm through youth from Duqm. These trips aim at taking the visitors in an unforgettable experience to enjoy the picturesque scenes in Duqm.
Re-life project won the third place. The concept of this project is to recycle the environmental waste through manufacturing an interactive machine. This machine shall collect and sort the waste by itself and then the raw materials would be distributed to various companies that work in recycling each material.
The winners have been rewarded with the opportunity to be incubated in the National Business Centre or Riyada incubator. Besides, they have been given the opportunity to have free access to pre-incubation stage, and take part in legal sessions offered by Law and Life Company. Moreover, they will be attending sessions on marketing services offered by Mint Marketing Company, consultancy sessions on entrepreneurship organised by Startup Oman, and economic consultancy sessions organised by High Ambition Centre. In addition, Eshraqa Company took the initiative to support an idea of a participant which is related to electronic mind maps.
This programme was organised under the support of Eshraqa Company, Duqm Refinery, Ajyal Al Mustaqbal, Mint Marketing, Bel Studio, Kaizen Oman, Law and Life Magazine, Startup Oman, and High Ambition. It should be noted that the purpose of Global Entrepreneurship Week is to connect experts and entrepreneurs to unleash their ideas and transform innovative ideas into reality. GEW takes place in more than 140 countries worldwide and the National Business Centre is privileged to host this initiative for the fifth consecutive year.
The National Business Centre (NBC), which pertains to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), organised yesterday (Wednesday) Reyooq event, which highlighted adventure tourism in the Sultanate. The event was held in line with the ongoing Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) events organised by NBC. Reyooq featured Hassan Al Lawati, CEO of Rove Adventures LLC, and Adil Al Abri, CEO of UniBoats, who shared their experiences and the challenges faced by adventure tourism.
Al Lawati pointed out that Rove Adventures aims at playing a role in promoting Oman as a tourist destination for adventure seekers. “The company organises adventure trips in Oman filled with activities that include camping, hiking and trekking trips in the mountains; canoeing and abseiling trips in the wadis; climbing and caving trips; snorkeling; scuba diving; free diving and fishing trips; and dhow cruise and dolphin watching trips,” Al Lawati noted. He added that Rove is an adventure tourism company that aims at providing unique, authentic and entertaining experience to the residents and visitors to Oman. On his part, Al Abri explained that Uniboats Company, which is located at Al Mouj Marina, is specialised in water sports and its various activities that attract water sports’ enthusiasts throughout the year. The company also manages specialised events for the companies.
Sponsored by Ooredoo, the series events of Reyooq aspire to present an ultimate platform for Omani entrepreneurs to network with experts, and learn about entrepreneurship to get innovative and creative ideas for their businesses. This initiative also comes to develop the abilities and knowledge of entrepreneurs and put their perspectives forward to the experts in the field, besides enhancing communication channels.
Startup Weekend begins today
Starting from today (Thursday), the main GEW 2017 event known as ‘Startup Weekend’ programme will take place for a period of three days. Startup Weekend is a global programme that connects entrepreneurs, organising teams, and startup communities around the world. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event that will kick off on the 16th of November at 17.00 pm at NBC in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat. Around 20 consultants and experts in entrepreneurship will take part in this event. The event aims at promoting communication between the participants and exchange views. Each participant will come up with an idea during the programme and the best idea from each group will be voted for. The programme will conclude with the selection of three most viable and cost-effective ideas. Winners will receive gifts as well as will get the opportunity to join pre-incubation and incubation phases.
It should be noted that the purpose of Global Entrepreneurship Week is to connect experts and entrepreneurs to unleash their ideas and transform innovative ideas into reality. GEW takes place in more than 140 countries worldwide and the National Business Centre is privileged to host this initiative for the fifth consecutive year.
National Business Centre (NBC), which falls under the umbrella of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), organised yesterday (Tuesday) a discussion session on ‘work-life balance for women’ at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat. The event came in line with Omani Women’s Day which falls on 17th October of every year.
A number of Omani women entrepreneurs known for their success stories attended the event and emphasised on the role played by the women in the various fields in the society. Commenting on the significance of Omani Women’s Day, Fatma Al Riyami, Chief Executive Officer of Xeem, a company incubated at NBC, said, “Omani Women’s Day on October 17th of each year offers an opportunity to share the success stories of Omani women with the society. On its part, the society is undertaking great efforts to support the Omani women to achieve even more accomplishments.”
Al Riyami added that it is necessary for the women to pay an attention to have a balance between their businesses and their families. On her part, Etab Al Zadjali, co-founder of Cake Gallery, stated that she has received a great support from her family to start and develop her project. “The 17th of October means a lot to me and the fact that a day is dedicated to honour and appreciate the efforts of Omani women proves that the women have a significant impact in the development of the society,” Al Zadjali pointed out.
Shadya Al Ismaily, founder of Deema Oman, pointed out that it is difficult to have work-life balance but she emphasised that there are factors that contribute somewhat to achieve this balance. “Having a day dedicated to Omani women gives us a greater responsibility to deliver what is always better for the community. Personally, my family has been the biggest source of support while developing my business,” Al Ismaily said, adding: “It is vital to have objectives for any project to achieve its development and sustainability. Besides, one should not focus solely on business competition and ignore its progress. In fact, both sides should be considered at the same time in order for the business to flourish.”
It should be noted that the National Business Centre is an initiative launched by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) to offer promising Omani entrepreneurs a platform to develop their business ideas and advance them into growing ventures. The centre aims at becoming the premier platform for Omani entrepreneurs by providing business development support and guidance, training and mentoring, access to markets and industry experts and state-of-the-art, fully equipped, office space, meeting rooms and presentation facilities.