Qatar Development Bank (QDB) yesterday announced the launch of the 7th edition of the Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference (Rowad Qatar) 2021 which will be held under the theme “Digital Transformation & Thriving in the New Economy” during the Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 8-10. Following the success of its first virtual edition in 2020, this year’s conference will blend virtual and in-person activities to explore digital transformation horizons and the new global economy post-pandemic.

The event will be held under the strategic sponsorship of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the platinum sponsorship of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), and the golden sponsorship of Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB). Rowad Qatar 2021 is also organised in collaboration with an array of high-profile governmental and semi-governmental national partners, in addition to a number of global partners such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and the World Economic Forum among others.

Yesterday’s press conference to announce the launch of Rowad Qatar 2021 was attended by QDB’s Acting CEO Abdulrahman Hesham Al Sowaidi, QDB’s Communication & Partnerships Manager Soud Al Boinin, QSTP’s Executive Director Yosouf Al Salehi, and QIIB’s Head of Business Development and Alternate Channels Sector Omar Abdelaziz Al Meer.

Addressing the media, Al Sowaidi reiterated QDB’s strategy to promote the culture of entrepreneurship in Qatar and beyond. He added that this year’s hybrid Rowad Qatar 2021 aims to reach more people globally.

As the impact of the pandemic tapers off globally and with the concerted efforts of entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) towards finding a foothold in the new economy amid an accelerating digital transformation, QDB aims to leverage the Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference to reaffirm the need for entrepreneurs to adapt to the new global economy and to integrate technological and digital solutions in their businesses towards harnessing innovation and providing added value.

Al Sowaidi added: “Qatar Entrepreneurship Conference 2021 seeks to create a productive exchange on the new economy that was expedited by the coronavirus pandemic and explore the opportunities and challenges that are transpiring as a result. It also aims to identify ways to invest in all available opportunities by harnessing innovation and digital solutions to develop more agile business models and thrive in this new era”.

Rowad Qatar 2021 will celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurship locally and globally and seeks to inspire entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs to develop their skills and knowledge by providing them with a platform that encourages innovation and initiative, while opening communication channels for exchange of ideas and collaboration.

The conference will feature over 30 workshops on a variety of topics focused on entrepreneurship, digital transformation, and the new economy, with the participation of renowned speakers. The event will also include a high-level keynote speech and three panel discussions, in addition to the announcement of the third Rowad Awards across five categories.

Also speaking during the event, Al Salehi highlighted the QSTP’s partnership with the QDB in promoting innovation and support for entrepreneurs in Qatar, and added that new ways of financing for entrepreneurs will also be discussed during the Conference.

“We support ambitious entrepreneurs to have a place in the market, and to create an ecosystem for technology and innovation in Qatar. We work to support SMEs and startups and protect their new ideas,” he added.

To take part in the event, entrepreneurs and SMEs can visit to access the Conference’s agenda and more information on its workshops and discussion panels.