First Published: 2013-08-05

 

Dubai hosts first World Entrepreneurship Forum in Middle East

 

Forum brings together key actors of entrepreneurial ecosystem from pool of entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, stakeholders, service providers, experts, academics, and politicians.

 

Middle East Online

‘Dubai has seen major strides’

DUBAI - Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the World Entrepreneurship Forum to host the UAE chapter of the Forum to promote entrepreneurial idea exchange and networking in the region.

Established in 2008, the World Entrepreneurship Forum is an expanding community of entrepreneurs worldwide united to leverage the power of ideas to promote entrepreneurial spirit in all fields of society and find solutions to the economic and social challenges facing the world.

Dubai will be the first city in the Middle East to host a local chapter of the World Entrepreneurship Forum in December 2013 and Dubai SME will be responsible for co-ordinating the local chapter through co-shaping policy ideas with regional key stakeholders to influence change and advancing entrepreneurship as a core strategy for socio-economic development.

The Forum brings together key actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem from a pool of entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, stakeholders, service providers, experts, academics, and politicians selected for their contribution and impact to society.

The local chapter of the World Entrepreneurship Forum aims at bringing together all stakeholders in any given country to contribute to the Forum's mission: "Promote and Accelerate Entrepreneurship locally as a way to create wealth and social justice, to prepare the world of 2050."

Building on Dubai's position as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, Dubai SME and the World Entrepreneurship Forum will work towards putting together a well-rounded local chapter that will advance the Forum's mission and help entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa move to the next level.

Abdul Baset Al Janahi, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai SME, remarked: "Dubai has seen major strides in growing into a modern entrepreneurial hub recently in the spheres of policy and strategy. Integrating fast-evolving economic and financial knowledge into our rich entrepreneurial traditions is essential to the success of our efforts. The World Entrepreneurship Forum will be a perfect fit with Dubai SME's efforts in this direction."

Tugrul Atamer, Executive Chairman of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, added: "Our local chapters have the very important mission to source successful entrepreneurs, academics, experts and policy makers, and identify best practices to be showcased at an international level. Dubai happens to be an excellent place to gather all key stakeholders of the region".

The World Entrepreneurship Forum (www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com) was founded in 2008 by EMLYON Business School (France) and KPMG France along with the ACE (Action Community for Entrepreneurship) and NTU (Nanyang Technological University) in Singapore, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon and Lyon City (France) and Zhejiang University (China).

The programmes and activities of the World Entrepreneurship Forum focus on four key pillars: Creating innovative and high-growth companies for job creation; Developing entrepreneurship at the bottom of the pyramid to alleviate poverty and create new markets; Shaping entrepreneurial cities; and Implementing entrepreneurial education.

 

Saudi king unveils austerity drive

Clinton, Trump clash in fiery first presidential debate

Supplies dwindle, strikes intensify in Syria's Aleppo

Morocco’s main secular party takes on ruling Islamists

Countless bombings in Baghdad’s Karrada since 2003 US-led invasion

Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

Israel to charge Lieberman party officials in graft probe

Bombings kill at least seven in Baghdad

Egypt detains owner of capsized migrant vessel

Moroccan gets death threat messages over cartoon posted by killed Jordanian

Israel prosecutor general denies going easy on PM

Iran frees Iranian-Canadian academic

Rebels, civilians quit Homs under deal with regime

Oman court closes national newspaper, jails three journalists

Israel-US consortium signs $10 billion gas deal with Jordan

Closure of Palestinian pages sparks Facebook censorship fears

British FM on key visit to Turkey

Ten Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attacks

Jordanians protest over writer's murder

Moniz says Washington has met its side of Iran nuclear deal

Coalition prefers final Yemen settlement to 'short' truce

Deutsche Welle sues Turkey over confiscated interview

Palestinians condemn Trump vow on Jerusalem

Iran conservatives advise Ahmadinejad to stay out of election

Moscow slams 'unacceptable' UN statements on Syria

Yemeni forces kill suspected Qaeda chief

Bulgaria court error delays trial over Hezbollah bombing

Oil prices rise modestly ahead of OPEC meeting

Qatari official banned from AFC vote

Trump says he'll recognize Jerusalem as Israel's 'undivided' capital

US, Russia split on Syria’s Aleppo carnage

Death toll from Egypt migrant shipwreck jumps to 168

Warplanes pound Aleppo ahead of UN Syria meeting

Dubai drops charges against Briton who promoted charity

Israel sentences Islamic cleric for incitement

Turkey sets precondition for joining US Raqa operation

Campaigning for parliamentary polls begins in Morocco

EU mission to train Libya coastguard faces delay

Gunman kills prominent writer on steps of courthouse in Jordan

Mosul offensive to start in ‘next few weeks’

New wave of air strikes pummels Aleppo

US, Russia trade blame for collapse of ceasefire in Syria

Hadi vows to ‘extract Yemen from claws of Iran’

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

Morocco asks to rejoin African Union