HRDF provides e-solutions to support Saudi entrepreneurs

Updated 09 October 2018

HRDF provides e-solutions to support Saudi entrepreneurs

  • Through these platforms, the HRDF aims to change the work culture for individuals and the community by promoting and supporting entrepreneurship

JEDDAH: The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) is providing eight solutions to support entrepreneurship and small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) through its online portal.
The portal offers several online platforms, including Forsa, Tojjar, Financial Solutions, Bahr, Startup Accelerator, Access to Information, Entrepreneur’s Journey, and Apps.
Through these platforms, the HRDF aims to change the work culture for individuals and the community by promoting and supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs as well as empowering individuals to create new jobs in innovative ways.
Services provided by the online platforms offer an interactive guide for entrepreneurs at all stages of their startup projects (from idea to project launch), several financing solutions that serve viable enterprises, services and applications for managing, developing, and operating SMEs, and data and information that help entrepreneurs and enterprises in making important business decisions.
The services of the program also include a startup accelerator for cultivating business ideas through providing mentorship and support, Tojjar e-commerce platform for home-based businesses, Bahr platform for finding freelancers to tackle any job in a timely manner and efficiently, and Forsa platform that gives beneficiaries access to bidding opportunities in their industry.
These services are part of the HRDF’s 9/10ths program. The HRDF has announced that more than 100,000 participants are now registered with 9/10ths since its launch on Aug. 8, 2016.

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.