Nine Business students from the HCT-Abu Dhabi Women’s College (ADWC) participated in a workshop about entrepreneurial franchising at Abu Dhabi’s Chamber of Commerce this month.
The sessions included speakers from the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED), the Abu Dhabi Business Women’s Council (ADBWC) and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI).
A number of established Emirati entrepreneurs, such as Bushra Makki who runs the Papparoti franchise in Abu Dhabi, enlightened the audience on their experiences in their respective fields.
The students were also introduced to a variety of sources including the soon-to-be-launched Integrated Innovative Business Incubator being developed by the ADBWC.
The Incubator is designed to encourage and help budding entrepreneurs take their ideas through the development stage to launching, with the full support of ADBWC and KFED.
The workshop proved to be an exciting and valuable experience, with the students actively involved in discussions and asking questions, as well as spending time in the Chamber Majlis listening to established Emirati business women relate their experiences.
ADWC student Maitha Khalifa Aldhaheri said the Majlis was the best part of the workshop. “We can really relate to the women here, we learnt so much from them – they understand our cultural barriers and how they can work for us as entrepreneurs,” she said.
Accompanying Business faculty Naomi Keir and the students thank the ADBWC for the opportunity to attend this inspiring event.