Gahanna, OH – StrateSphere LLC, a Columbus Ohio (USA) based company specializing in creating private-public partnerships in the education sector, partnered with Dar Al-Hekma University to implement a Venture Highway entrepreneurship education course for 36 university students. The class was held January 28-February 7, 2017 on the Dar Al-Hekma University campus in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Student participants received 3 credits for participating in the 70-hour, 10-day course and competed for cash prizes at a final pitch competition. Winning teams included Harmonize, a virtual reality interior design app, Fit Kids, a summer camp for youth with health and weight challenges, and iSave, a medical information storage technology.
“StrateSphere is committed to inspiring and educating young entrepreneurs in collaboration with local partners around the world, and we are pleased to have been able to offer our cutting-edge blended learning entrepreneurship course in partnership with Dar Al-Hekma University”, stated Tariq Farwana, StrateSphere’s Founder and Managing Partner. “Dar Al-Hekma University is ahead of the game in offering best-in-class courses for its student body and we look forward to continuing our partnership by offering more Venture Highway courses and workshops in the very near future.” The course content tied nicely to the Saudi Arabian government’s Vision 2030, the country’s recently announced strategic plan to revamp its economy by, among other things, boost women participation in the workforce and increase SME share of national GDP.
“I advise all Saudi educational institutions for women to combine their efforts with private institutions to create a stimulating environment for women entrepreneurship and to develop systems and procedures that encourage female participation and ensure sustainable outcomes,” said the President of Dar Al-Hekma University, Dr. Suhair Hassan Al Qurashi.
Dr. Inass Ali, Dean of Hekma School of Business & Law, stated that “this entrepreneurship course was indeed a transformation for the students in just 10 days! Watching the students pitch by the end of the course in such confidence and persuasion was impressive. Sometimes creativity needs to be elicited and the instructors of the course successfully did so. Dar Al-Hekma University is committed to providing diverse and engaging modes of transfer of knowledge and hence is looking forward to a sustainable relationship with StrateSphere.”
Hanan AlGamdi, StrateSphere’s Senior Consultant located in Jeddah, noted the quality and talent of the Dar Al-Hekma University students. “These young ladies showed us quickly how talented and driven they are. This course was, for many of the participants, their first exposure to business and entrepreneurship training, yet they came up with many brilliant ideas that can become viable, successful businesses in the near future. There’s no doubt that these women will take on leadership roles in Saudi Arabia and we can’t wait to see what they will achieve.”
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. StrateSphere’s vision is to build a globally connected network of educated, innovative, and involved young adults. The company offers entrepreneurship education workshops and an online entrepreneurship platform through its Venture Highway brand.
About Dar Al-Hekma University:
Located in the heart of the metropolitan city of Jeddah, 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.
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