50 Saudi students graduate from Qimam program

Industry leaders, private and public sector figureheads and university representatives attended the 2019 graduation ceremony of the Qimam Fellowship.
Updated 26 June 2019

50 Saudi students graduate from Qimam program

The Qimam Fellowship program has welcomed 50 fellows into its second cohort, admitted from a pool of approximately 18,000 applicants — following a rigorous evaluation process. 

Industry leaders, private and public sector figureheads and university representatives attended the 2019 graduation ceremony of the Qimam Fellowship.

The 50 fellows originate from a variety of backgrounds and fields of study from more than 25 universities in Saudi Arabia and abroad, with male and female fellows representing an exact 50-50 split this year.

All students underwent an intensive program comprising the following key components: 

1. Mentorship from senior public and private sector leaders to help fellows with personalized career advice.

2. Leadership training by professionals from renowned companies to help them succeed in their future careers.

3. Visits to the Saudi Arabian offices of leading national and international companies to engage with leadership teams and learn about how they operate.

4. Networking and team-building to help them build long-lasting relationships.

5. Sharing the fellow profiles on the Qimam website and with HR professionals across the Kingdom for career opportunities. 

Qimam was founded by McKinsey & Company and Dr. Annas Abedin, a McKinsey alumnus and entrepreneur. It is funded by McKinsey & Company, and supported by Seera Group, which is covering all travel and accommodation-related expenses of the fellowship.

Tom Isherwood, partner at McKinsey & Company, said: “Our support for Qimam is grounded in our belief that Saudi Arabia is rich with extraordinary talent and that developing such talent is one of the best investments for a brighter future. Unlocking this human potential is the most important lever to economically and socially advance the Kingdom and the region.” 

He added: “I’m proud to be a part of an organization that has emphasized the importance of equipping these future leaders with the skills, self-confidence, connections and mentorship they need.”

Dr. Abedin, co-founder of Qimam, said: “What is most exciting about Qimam is the community of outstanding leaders and organizations coming together with the common purpose and vision of identifying and supporting top talent.”

Sahira Jilal Nahari, a Qimam graduate of 2019 and student of medicinal and health sciences at Batterjee Medical College, said: “Having the opportunity to meet experts from diverse fields around the Kingdom has been a truly valuable opportunity. This has allowed me to broaden my horizons beyond just the field I specialize in and in turn, look at how other fields can contribute in strengthening my career path. The program has also inspired a strong sense of community among me and my peers.”

Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Dawood, CEO of Seera Group, said: “Empowering university students from Saudi Arabia to achieve their full potential goes hand in hand with Seera’s vision of opening up opportunities for all.”


Investment forum draws global startups to KAEC

Updated 24 February 2020

Investment forum draws global startups to KAEC

More than 60 startups from all over the world including Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Poland along with 27 Saudi teams qualified for the final round of MITEF Saudi Startup Competition are set to participate in the Startups Investment Forum (SIF), which will be held in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) from March 5 to 7.

SIF is organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, part of the MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel, and in partnership this year with KAEC and the Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA) under the theme “Invest in Saudi Arabia,” as strategic partners. The nine winners of the 4th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition will be named at the StartSmart Conference on March 7, which will include 13 local and international speakers from prestigious universities and organizations.

The StartSmart Conference is a one-day conference that aims to inspire, connect, coach and inform entrepreneurs to succeed faster and smarter. It is a place where all entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalist firms, students, business organizations and high leadership and executives from private and government sectors will meet and engage.

The Startup Investment Forum is a three-day exhibition aimed at providing startups and small businesses around the globe the opportunity to expand their businesses to the Saudi market and meet investors. The event will host workshops delivered by executives from Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship and provide opportunities for networking.

Founded in 2015 as part of a global network dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide, MITEF Saudi Startup aims at promoting and enriching the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, and to celebrate and support all potential startups and entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.

MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia is part of a global network of chapters dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. MITEF informs, connects, and coaches Saudi entrepreneurs — enabling them to rapidly transform ideas into companies. 

Founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting and enriching the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Saudi Arabia, MITEF aims to celebrate and support all potential startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom through the startup competition.

The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition has three tracks: Startups Track, Social Track and Ideas Track. The competition offers a cash prize of SR325,000 ($86,630), in addition to workshops and training sessions supervised by specialists and experts in all economic and social sectors. The finalists will have the opportunity to participate in StartSmart, one of the MIT Global Forum’s programs organized before the announcement of the winners and attended by specialists from MIT University, US.