ADWC’s future entrepreneurs compete at workshop

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The HCT’s Abu Dhabi Women’s College recently hosted a day-long entrepreneurship workshop for students of Business, Electronic Engineering Technology, and Applied Communication.

The workshop, run by INJAZ-UAE and sponsored by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, taught the students teamwork, creativity, and commitment to their objectives.

The “You can b!” Innovation Camp was led by INJAZ-UAE Program Manager Pierre Atallah and a team of eleven volunteers employed by the Khalifa Fund. INJAZ-UAE is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world’s largest non-profit business education organization. The Khalifa Fund supports small to medium-sized investments in the Emirate, including fostering entrepreneurship among the younger generations.

During the Innovation Camp, around sixty students, divided into teams, engaged in team-building activities and explored their abilities, interests, and passion to achieve. The workshop challenged the student teams to discuss and promote their best business ideas in a competitive format. Each team counted on the assistance of a volunteer mentor.

After a brief but intense preparation period, teams stood before the entire group and presented their business proposals. Volunteer judges chose the most promising plan, and the winning team will now have the chance for further mentoring over the coming months. After a period of refining their business plan, ADWC’s winning team will compete, with their mentor, against other winning teams from institutions from throughout the UAE.

After the rigorous workshop, student Maha stated, “This day was difficult, but good, because I learned that I can do a lot of things I never tried before.”

Students were grateful for the encouragement of their mentors.

Dr. Jace Hargis, ADWC’s Director, expressed his appreciation to INJAZ-UAE, to the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, and to the volunteers who supported the event. “Play with Purpose is one of our College’s aspirational goals, and a competition like this demonstrates both the fun and the meaningful challenge of forming a business plan. We are grateful to our community partners who help our students see the connections between what they do in the classroom and the opportunities they will face after graduation.”