Gahanna, OH – StrateSphere LLC, a Columbus Ohio (USA) based company specializing in creating private-public partnerships in the education sector, 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”.
StrateSphere LLC, a Columbus, OH (USA) company, creates meaningful, diverse, and culturally relevant educational and economic opportunities that attract, engage, and empower young adults around the world. StrateSphere facilitates the growth of sustainable and innovative economies to support not only the young adults of today, but also those of generations to come. The company offers entrepreneurship education workshops and an online entrepreneurship platform through its Venture Highway brand.
About Dar Al-Hekma University:
Dar Al-Hekma is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading teaching and research universities for young women. Since its opening in 1999, Dar Al-Hekma is dedicated to endowing its pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to flourish and succeed in a rapidly changing world. Dar Al-Hekma comprises of four major academic components: Hekma School of Business and Law, Hekma School of Design and Architecture, Hekma School of Education and Applied Sciences, and offers bachelor’s degrees in eleven different majors. Dar Al-Hekma provides outstanding higher education to over 300 new local and international pupils every academic year.
About Masfaq Jeddah
Masfaq, which means “where deals take place” in Arabic, is a business development center and investment platform that provides legal advice, partnership support and advisory services to entrepreneurs and small enterprise owners. Founded by Sheikh Saleh Kamil, Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Masfaq aims to help the Saudi economy grow by supporting employment generation and sound business practices.
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