HRH Princess Sumaya Bint El Hassan Honors Winners of Queen Rania National Competition for Entrepreneurship 2016
On behalf of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, the President of PSUT Professor Mashhoor Al-Refai presented the prizes to the winners of the Eighth Annual Queen Rania National Competition for Entrepreneurship, 2016. Bringing the competition to a close, the awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Princess Sumaya University for Technology.
In a speech given on her behalf by Professor Mashhoor Al-Refai, HRH Princess Sumaya, President of the Royal Scientific Society and Chair of the Board of Trustees at PSUT, said, “We congratulate the winners and all the founders of this competition as well as all who contributed to its success and achieving its goals, which are to help reveal the hidden energies and high capacities of Jordanian youth and give them the opportunity to use their individual capacities and technical creativity to advance the development process and enhance the national economy.”
HRH Princess Sumaya also emphasized the important role played by the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship in supporting entrepreneurial start-ups, saying: “All of the programs and activities organized by QRCE throughout the year play an important role in strengthening Jordan’s presence in the regional and international arena and putting the country in the leading position it deserves in the region.” The Princess added that “the Center also contributed in attracting many international institutions as well as major local and international companies seeking to hire technical and logistical potential, which in turn afforded practical experience for the success of the Center and its programs aimed at spreading awareness about entrepreneurship among the young generation.
Her Royal Highness praised the quality of the projects participating in the competition, which aims to develop entrepreneurial skills and creative abilities within the youth community as well as raise awareness about startups and business development.
Joining HRH at the event was US Ambassador to Jordan Alice G. Wells, who thanked the organizers, the participants and the sponsors, adding that the event was “about much more than ceremony.”
Ambassador Wells said, "In this room are the minds and talents that have helped Jordan earn its much-deserved reputation as a creative hub in the region; for the arts, for culture and tourism, and indeed, for technology. By celebrating each of you, we are also making a commitment to the future you represent."
Subsequently, H.E. Mr. Marwan Juma, former Minister of Information and Communications Technology and Chairman of Oasis500, gave a detailed explanation of the role of Oasis500 as a key player in the entrepreneurial eco-system, training more than 2,300 entrepreneurs and investing in 130 startups since its inception.
Dr. Abdel Raheem Abul Basal, Executive Director of QRCE, praised Her Royal Highness, Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan for her continuing and direct support for such national initiatives, which have been successful in the creation of a range of Jordanian institutions and companies that are now a major force in the region.
In addition to honoring the winners and partners, Dr. Abul Basal said, “We thank our media sponsors and strategic partners, in particular Madfooatcom, E-fawateerkom’s portal, Oasis500, Microfund for Women, and the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program, for their immense support which was instrumental in enriching the experience enjoyed by the participants throughout the competition.”
265 teams, including 485 individuals, competed in the eighth annual Queen Rania National Competition for Entrepreneurship. Thirty-three teams qualified for the finals, after going through successive stages of training sessions and specialized boot camps, which gave participants additional training in the areas of strategic planning, business development and start-up management.
In the category of Clean and Sustainable Technology, Urban Technology and City Services, the ‘Recycly’ team won first prize which was collected by Abdul Rahman Dalateq. Second place was taken by ‘Algae Jo Factory’ and the prize was accepted by Muhannad Al-Najdawi. Third prize was collected by Bashar Shami on behalf of ‘Medical Applications of 3D Printing’.
In the category of Software as a Service, joint third place was awarded to ‘Mawjez’ and ‘Abu Fox’, with the prize being collected by Osama Mbeideen and Hassan Al-Nouri respectively. Second prize went to the team ‘Snackable News’ and the prize was accepted by Ziyad Al-Bourini, with first prize being awarded to ‘Teletera’ with Alaa Khalifa accepting the prize.
The prize in the final category, Financial Technology and Electronic Payment Services, was withheld for this year due to the failure of competitors in this category to meet the set conditions for winning.