StrateSphere recently completed a series of entrepreneurship focused workshops at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
StrateSphere partnered with Dar Al-Hekma to implement a Venture Highway branded 10-day entrepreneurship course and two additional short workshops during September 12-25, 2017. The 10-day Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking course was offered to 97 students on Dar Al-Hekma University's campus in Jeddah and is the third such course offered by StrateSphere on campus in 2017. Student participants received 3 credits for participating in the 70-hour course and competed for cash prizes at a final pitch competition held at Masfaq Jeddah, a business development center. Winning teams included iBenefit, a fitness app offering prizes for exercise achievement, All In, a 24-hour restaurant, and To Go Market, a mobile mini-market.
The company also held a 6-hour entrepreneurial finance workshop for and a 5-hour workshop devoted to teaching the Jeddah community at large how to use the Business Model Canvas planning tool to validate business ideas. Both were held on the Dar Al-Hekma campus.
'StrateSphere is committed to inspiring and educating young entrepreneurs in collaboration with local partners around the world, and we are pleased to continue to strengthen our partnership with such a prestigious academic institution as Dar Al-Hekma University, stated Tariq Farwana, StrateSphere's Founder and Managing Partner. 'We are also grateful to Masfaq Jeddah for generously sponsoring our White Space final event. Masfaq's work in moving the Saudi Arabian government's Vision 3030 strategy forward will make a positive impact in Jeddah, and we hope that Dar Al-Hekma students can take full advantage of Masfaq's services.
Dr. Inass Ali, Business Professor at Dar Al-Hekma University, stated that she was pleased with 'yet another successful delivery of the Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking course by the passionate and brilliant instructors of StrateSphere. 'Dar Al-Hekma students' entrepreneurial talents were on full display at the final pitching event.
Abdullah Abualnasr, Masfaq Jeddah's Head of Project Management and Business Development Sector, was pleased to host the 24 teams competing in the final event. 'Masfaq believes in the importance of supporting entrepreneurship, startup businesses, and the country's youth. We are keen to prepare them to enter the business sector as job creators and are here to help these dynamic Dar Al-Hekma students take their next steps on their pathway to success.