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To help foster entrepreneurial spirit and boost opportuntities for creating technology start-ups the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University is to deliver an executive education programme in Qatar.

In collaboration with Qatar Science and Technology Park, Tepper and its Donald Jones Center for Entrepreneurship is offering the Executive Entrepreneurship Certificate Program - a nine-month, part-time programme for executives in Doha - in September.

The new programme has been designed for companies wishing to create revenue streams and budding entrepreneurs, keen to start their own businesses. Participants will be shown how to focus on building technology-based businesses by acting entrepreneurially, innovating within their companies or how to start a new enterprise.

“Entrepreneurship can be taught, but effective teaching requires a blend of experiential learning coupled with academic rigour,” says Arthur Boni, director of the entrepreneurship centre.

“This approach, pursued for many years at Carnegie Mellon, has resulted in a culture of creation and innovation that enables the successful entrepreneurial cutlure to be developed in leaders.”

Networking will be a key element of the new programme, with international investors, entrepreneurs and mentors sharing their experiences with the participants.

The Qatar Science and Technology Park is a free trade zone, with the objective of fostering the development and commercialisation of technology in the region. It offers a business incubator and investment for technology start ups and has attracted leading universities to establish a presence there, including Weill Cornell and Texas A&M.


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