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The College of Business and Economics’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Organizational Excellence (CEOE), Qatar University (QU) organized a Ceremony for the winners of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Excellence Award for Startups in its second edition.

The event, held in collaboration with HyperThink Systems, aimed to acknowledge and encourage innovators and emerging entrepreneurs in Qatar and the region.

This edition had 173 applicants both startups and Entrepreneurs competing on 11 categories.

The event was held in the presence of Prof. Rana Sobh, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at QU, Dr. Said Elbanna, Director of the CEOE, andAwdesh Chetal, CEO of HyperThink Systems, along with a number of dignitaries from company heads and entrepreneurs in Qatar.

Khalifa Al-Haroon received the Entrepreneur of the Year award, while Kholoud Abdullah was honored as the Businesswoman of the Year. Bonocle secured Best Startup Company, and C Wallet Services WLL was recognized as the Best Emerging Company in Financial Technology.

Ramzan Al-Naimi was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and Voltaat received the Best Emerging Company in Educational Technology.

At-Home-Doc won Best Emerging Company in Health Technology, Build Hop in E-commerce and Delivery, and Torba Market in Green Technology (Regional). Digital Petroleum claimed the title of Best Emerging Company in Deep Technology (Regional).

In the Entrepreneurship Case Study Award, Alurays, Genesis Technologies LLC, and Adeer Solutions secured the first, second, and third positions, respectively.

Prof. Rana Sobh, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at QU, emphasized the university’s commitment to fostering an entrepreneurial mindset across the campus and the broader community, highlighting the importance of collaborations with the private and public sectors to promote innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.

She stated, "Events like these are crucial for inspiring students and nurturing a culture of innovation, underscoring that the award aims not just to recognize entrepreneurs but to serve as a key part of QU’s mission to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture, acting as a catalyst for students to pursue their aspirations and embrace innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Prof. Said Elbanna, Director of the CEOE at QU, highlighted that the event, organized in collaborationwith HyperThink Systems, represents a year-long effort.