In early 2013, Silatech introduced Qatar's first employability and entrepreneurship portal, Qatar Ta3mal, supporting young people in Qatar in making the transition to entrepreneurship or employment. Extending the success of other Ta3mal country portals in Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq, the Qatar Ta3mal portal connects youth to the many employability and entrepreneurship opportunities and resources available in Qatar, providing them online resources, guidance and support. The site even allows young people access to over 500 online courses, including around 25 that have been Arabized. Qatar Ta3mal complements the Bedaya Center's physical presence in Doha as a walk-in career center.
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Many of Silatech’s Qatar programs are channeled through the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, founded by Silatech and Qatar Development Bank, and located in Building 30 of Doha’s Katara Cultural Center.
The Bedaya Center provides a walk-in location for young people in Qatar to access a range of services including career guidance and self-assessment, skills development in entrepreneurship and employability, mentoring, volunteering and internship opportunities, networking events and a speakers program. Silatech’s Employability and SME Development programs work closely to provide services to youth in Qatar through the Bedaya Center.
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Silatech's career guidance program, Tamheed includes online psychometric and language assessments, a career advising framework, and training and capacity building for career advisors. Youth workers can be trained to become Tamheed advisors in less than a week, creating a large pool of certified advisors offering personalized advice based on scientific reports.
Partnerships with universities and colleges have given access to Tamheed for over 80 percent of students enrolled in higher education in Qatar.
Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
Silatech has served as the Qatar Country Host Partner in both 2012 and 2013, with other participating organizations include EQ, Shell, QDB, QBIC, SDC, ICT Qatar, How Women Work, AIESEC, Empower People, Roudha Center, Deloitte, Injaz Qatar, KPMG, Patton Boggs, CMU, and VCU Qatar, among others. Over 60 events took place during November 17-21, 2013.
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The Roudha Center is a one-stop shop for women entrepreneurs in Qatar. It provides innovative and effective programs and advocacy efforts for women looking to open their own business, delivering business, financial, legal and training/programming services, as well as incubational assistance to empower women towards entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency. In only three years, the Roudha Center has helped more than 6,000 women.
Silatech has supported the Roudha Center since its inception, providing funding and capacity building.
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In an effort to spur entrepreneurship by providing access to startup finance, Silatech and founding partners Enterprise Qatar, QDB and the Bedaya Center have established the SILA Angel Investment Network. Launched in October 2012, the network helps to connect start-up and early stage entrepreneurs with influential, high-net-worth individuals positioned to become “business angels.” The platform will originally be based out of Qatar, and will ultimately expand to include other countries within the region as well. By giving priority to the “knowledge economy” sector, the platform is expected to help spur the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Qatar, and eventually the wider Arab world.
Silatech’s SME Development program is leading the initiative, which we expect to serve entrepreneurs and lay a strong foundation for the model’s future implementation throughout the region. The network itself is by various educational and awareness programs directed towards entrepreneurs and prospective “business angels,” helping to influence the local culture and mindset to become more supportive of entrepreneurs and SMEs.
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