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Completion of Intilaaqah Entrepreneurial Development Programme (IEDP)

Shell Intilaaqah Oman has held the second in a series of graduation ceremonies for young Omani entrepreneurs who recently completed Intilaaqah’s Entrepreneurial Development Programme (IEDP) in Dakhiliyah Governorate. Further ceremonies are scheduled to be held in Sur, Sohar, and Salalah in June.

Held in Nizwa, the ceremony celebrated the graduation of 183 young Omani entrepreneurs under the auspices of His Excellency Sheikh Dr Khalifa Hamed Hilal Al Saadi, Governor of Dakhiliyah Governorate. The event was attended by Shell representatives, including Hashim Al Hasani, Shell Intilaaqah Oman Programme Manager, dignitaries from the public and private sector, Intilaaqah’s training partner Modern Gulf Institute (MGi), and aspiring Omani entrepreneurs.

In his opening remarks, Hashim Al Hasani described how Intilaaqah Oman is providing support and development for young entrepreneurs hoping to establish their own business and SMEs seeking to expand saying, “Intilaaqah’s training assists young people in their journey to becoming successful entrepreneurs. We help entrepreneurs to get the fundamentals right and to understand their personal abilities, the business environment in which they work, the local market and their competition.

“Our existing partnerships, including the one with Aiyal, a WJ Towell SME initiative, will help entrepreneurs such as those here today by offering them tangible business opportunities.”

Launched on 8 July 2013, the IEDP programme equips entrepreneurs with the essential tools to run a successful business. Course topics include business management, strategic planning, project management, financial planning, marketing, communications, and human resources.

In order to complete the IEDP course, participants are required to submit and present their business plans to Intilaaqah and, upon course completion, graduates are connected with Shell Intilaaqah Oman’s strategic business partners, including W.J. Towell, in order to develop potential business opportunities.

To qualify for the seven week IEDP programme, participants must attend a ‘Bright Ideas’ enterprise awareness and business ideas generation workshop to strengthen their knowledge about entrepreneurship. Following this workshop, the most promising candidates are chosen by Intilaaqah’s adjudicating panel for the IEDP training. 2,045 students attended Bright Ideas workshops during the past year and, by the end of June, Intilaaqah will have celebrated the graduation of 433 entrepreneurs who completed the IEDP training.

Two of the entrepreneurs graduating from the programme in Dakhiliyah Governorate are very clear on the pivotal role Shell Intilaaqah Oman has played in the development of their respective businesses.

Jamal Al Zeedi is an architect engineer who attended the IEDP, as a result of which he now runs his business ‘EARC Sabla Architect Engineering Consultant’ servicing the local market. Jamal said, “Intilaaqah enabled me to understand the market challenges and how to tackle them. The programme has shaped my managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and I’ve advised my friends to join.”

Fatma Al Masroori, an HR professional, approached Intilaaqah for help to change her career by starting her idea for her own homeware business. Speaking about the role the IEDP played in developing her business idea Fatma said, “I realised that I could work independently with the confidence to start and grow my own business, especially in the special homes gift and embroidery markets. With my husband’s encouragement and support, we decided it was best for me to leave my employment and to think how best to start my own business.”

 


 

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