The National Business Centre (NBC), which pertains to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), organised yesterday (Wednesday) Reyooq event, which highlighted topics related to creative industries. These topics included ways, mechanisms and significance of developing creative industries; small enterprises in the field of creative industries; and Omani talents in the creative industries.
Moderated by Hamood Al Hamadan, Director of Sas for Entrepreneurship Centre at Information Technology Authority (ITA), the event hosted speakers comprising Firas Al Musafir of Innovation Factory; Issra Al Lawati of Mint Marketing; and Haitham Al Busafi of Busafi Visuals. The speakers pointed out that ‘creative industries’ have become a major source of realising great financial returns. “The main value of creative industries is not only etched to manufacturing aspects, but also to information expansion and how to exploit such information in production. Creative industries rely primarily on talent and individual work, while diversity is also an important aspect from which creative industries grow and flourish,” the speakers discussed.
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. This year, NBC will hold four sessions of Reyooq, highlighting four varied significant sectors, of which ‘creative industries’ was the first topic to be highlighted this year.
The National Business Centre is an initiative launched by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) 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 provides a premier platform for Omani entrepreneurs by offering business development support and guidance, training and mentoring, access to markets and industry experts, and state-of-the-art and fully equipped office space, meeting rooms and presentation facilities.
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 how 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.
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.
The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), represented by the National Business Centre (NBC), will organise the Incubation Conference 2017 during the period from 5-6 December, 2017. This was announced at a press conference held yesterday (Monday) at NBC in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat. The conference, which is the first of its kind in the Sultanate, aims at promoting the culture of entrepreneurship and raising awareness and knowledge on the supporting institutions for the SMEs and their work mechanisms.
Speaking at the press conference, Hilal bin Hamad Al Hasani, Chief Executive Officer of PEIE, stated: “This conference is the first of its kind in Oman which aspires to enhance the culture of entrepreneurship in the country and disseminate awareness on the various institutions that play a vital role in supporting small and medium enterprises as well as institutions concerned with innovation.”
Al Hasani added that the conference will showcase successful Omani models in the entrepreneurship sector in addition to the challenges that are being faced in this sector. “A number of discussion sessions will take place at the conference with the participation of a group of experts specialised in incubators, small businesses, and innovation from different countries worldwide. Besides, the conference will witness an exchange of outlooks between local and regional institutions in relation to SMEs and entrepreneurship,” Al Hasani pointed out.
He emphasised that the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates constantly seeks to enhance entrepreneurial environment and support emerging projects through its adoption of various initiatives. “The Incubation Conference comes at a time when countries worldwide in general and the countries of the region in particular aim at diversifying income sources, relying on human cadres by employing them, and finding alternatives to enhance their economies to ensure comprehensive and sustainable development,” Al Hasani said, adding: “The entrepreneurship sector is among the promising sectors in the social and economic development of the countries, which plays an important role in advancing the national economy and providing job opportunities for the youth. We hope that this conference will conclude with realistic ideas that would contribute to the development of this sector, increase production, activate the diversification of projects, and face the increasing numbers of job seekers.”
Al Hasani then thanked the supporters of the Incubation Conference 2017, which comprise: BP Oman, Occidental Oman, Fund for Development of Youth Projects (Sharakah), Oman Development Bank, Al Raffd Fund, Shumookh Investment and Services, Oman LNG, Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada), Al Wisal Radio, and Oman Establishment for Press, Publication and Advertising.
On her part, Malak Al Shaibani, Director General of NBC, noted that the Incubation Conference 2017, which will take place in December, aims at creating awareness about incubation and acceleration programmes and their important roles in the SME ecosystem; sharing and learn from best practices regionally and internationally with an aim of understanding what works and what does not; getting a better understanding of the role of incubation in a growing ecosystem and the future of the incubation industry; examining best business models for creating and sustaining business incubators and entrepreneurship platforms; exploring the roles of other entities or stakeholders in supporting incubation programmes; looking at types of facilities that can best serve entrepreneurs; examining governance structures and their impact on various programmes; learning more about soft landings programme and the role incubators can play in supporting these programmes; exploring the role of academic institutions (colleges and universities) in supplying and supporting incubators with a steady pipeline of entrepreneurs; and exploring the role of chambers of commerce and other entities in supplying and supporting incubators and the growth of SMEs.
It should be noted that the Incubation Conference 2017 will feature a lineup of speakers and will shed light on several topics including entrepreneurship in the MENA region, education and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship enablers, incubation models, innovation, and new trends in the entrepreneurship sector.
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