JORDAN. Queen Rania Centre for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) announced the launch of the second phase of its strategic plan for the years 2010-2015, which will focus more on supporting various and the growing needs of Jordanian Technology Entrepreneurs.
Farhan Kalaldeh, QRCE Executive Director said: “QRCE will be moving to the second phase of its strategic plan. Our focus now is on launching a new initiative that includes four programs and over 12 fully integrated components that will help to create a technology ecosystem to support innovation in Jordan.”
Kalaldeh illustrated that the upcoming stage will focus on four key areas: Networking Program to help Jordanian Technology Entrepreneurs exchange experience and knowledge; a Program to create more awareness on potential opportunities in technology startups and recognize innovative and outstanding technology business ideas and startups; an Investment Program to help Jordanian Technology Entrepreneurs seeking funding for their startups at seed and early stages, in addition to a Capacity Building and Support Program to provide Jordanian Technology Entrepreneurs with specialized training, mentoring and support services to help them establish, fund and manage their companies.
“During the past few years, by organizing National Competitions, Workshops and Conferences and Events, QRCE managed to promote the entrepreneurial culture in Jordan through the support and partnerships with organizations such as KAFD, KADDB, NAFES, PSUT, Orange, Google, USAID/SABEQ, YEA, RJ, Endeavour and many others.” Kalaldeh noted.
He added: “The efforts started in 2005 by QRCE and other organizations are now paying off, we have more and more University students and faculty members participating in competitions and training programs, more startups are established every year, a new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging.”
It is worth mentioning that Farhan Kalaldeh was recently appointed as the Executive Director for QRCE. Prior to that, he was the Excellence Manager and Project Manager at Economic Zones World (EZW) and Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) in UAE. Before that, Kalaldeh was the “Investing In Technology” Program Manager at the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) and was responsible for initiating and managing ASTF programs aimed at developing Technology Entrepreneurship in MENA region. Kalaldeh started his career by working with several Technology Startups in Jordan.
QRCE is a Non-Profit organization established in 2004 to help develop Technology Entrepreneurship in Jordan. The Center is part of El Hassan Science City, and plays the role of a national Center of Excellence for Entrepreneurship. As part of QRCE strategic plan, the Center is implementing a comprehensive initiative focusing on four key areas: Networking, Recognition & Awareness, Capacity Building & Support, and Funding.
Over the last five years, the center has organized many activities that benefited thousands of entrepreneurs, professionals & students in Jordan.
For more information please visit www.qrce.org