Ford & HCT Drive Youth Innovation & Entrepreneurship

3 years

A select group of Higher Colleges of Technology students participated in the most recent edition of the Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy (HFEA), held at the HCT-Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW) from November 14-16, 2017.

Aimed at enhancing the business-oriented education of prospective business people, HFEA, HCT, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) have joined forces to promote the belief that entrepreneurship education has the power to become one of the most important economic forces in the world.

Participants received cutting-edge training offered by VCU faculty and insights from local entrepreneurs on the steps and activities for creating and sustaining new ventures.



Aspiring entrepreneurs in the Middle East could be considered to be some of the most connected thinkers in the world, but sometimes an initiative – such as hands-on classes that familiarize the next generation of CEOs with the business world, and teach practical skills in entrepreneurship is needed to encourage creativity and imagination.





Forty students from the HCT- Sharjah Women’s, Sharjah Men’s, Dubai Women’s and Dubai Men’s campuses participated in the intensive training workshop. The final day saw over 22 business ideas presented to a group of highly esteemed judges.

The HFEA seed-funded $1,000 to the participant who best demonstrated entrepreneurial capacity. A second place and third place were also chosen by the judges and received $500 seed funding. The winners were:

  • 1st place – Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed Abdulla AlSaadi (DBM)
  • 2nd place – Maryam Ibrahim Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed (SJW)
  • 3rd place – Abdulla Abdulrahman AlSayed Ahmad AlHashimi (SJM)