June 2023

HEC Paris & QSTP Panel Session Helps Unlock Qatar’s Full Venture Investment Potential

Doha, Qatar – 6 June 2023:
 HEC Paris in Qatar and Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) hosted an interactive panel session on ‘Unlocking the Potential of Innovation with Venture Investments’. The event was held at HEC Paris in Qatar’s state-of-the-art Doha campus in Msheireb Downtown to coincide with the staging of the Qatar Economic Forum.

The session provided valuable insights into the world of venture investments and its role in driving innovation and growth. Around 40 of Qatar’s most relevant entrepreneurship stakeholders including HEC Paris and QSTP alumni, participants and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the event.

HEC Paris in Qatar Dean, Dr. Pablo Martin de Holan, stated: “We are thrilled to collaborate with QSTP in organizing this insightful event. Investment plays a crucial role in driving economic diversification as it empowers businesses with the vital capital and resources needed to grow, innovate, and venture into new markets.”

The panel session was moderated by Professor Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, an Associate Professor at HEC Paris in Qatar, who works in the fields of innovation, leadership, and diversity. It featured insights from panelists Dr. Allan Villegas-Mateos, a Senior Research Fellow of Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris in Qatar, and executive committee member of the QSTP board of directors ; Kristian Feldborg, Founder and CEO of Vesuvio Labs a venture building studio and seed fund that aims to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the FinTech, InsurTech, and WealthTech space; Sara Daniel, CEO of the investment club Doha Tech Angels who has more than a decade of experience working alongside and investing in startups; and Joanna Harries, Global Senior Vice President of Expansion at Endeavor who works with some of the world’s fast-growing business founders.

The panel session began with a progress update by Dr. Villegas-Mateos on the ‘Observatory of Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ being established by HEC Paris in Qatar with the support of Qatar Foundation, and ecosystem stakeholders.

“The Observatory is aimed at galvanizing Qatar’s innovation community to collaborate, share data and support each other's work. We are currently building a governing board for ‘The Observatory’, identifying its founding members, and leveraging stakeholders as ecosystem partners,” explained Dr. Villegas-Mateos.

The event concluded with a networking session, allowing attendees to connect and establish valuable relationships. 

“Innovators and investors form a critical and symbiotic relationship that is a key driver for economic prosperity. This event brought together these key actors and other important players in the ecosystem, highlighting the rich potential for innovation and investment in Qatar. Participants absorbed the valuable insights of the expert panelists and demonstrated a keen interest in exploring opportunities for their own professional and societal advancement.  We are confident that the panel discussion has inspired and empowered attendees to drive positive change and contribute to the growth of Qatar's innovation ecosystem.”, commented Mohammad Zebian, Program Manager - Acceleration from QSTP. 

HEC Paris in Qatar is committed to making a positive impact on economic transformation within the GCC by developing socially aware business talent, managers and leaders who can meet future societal and environmental challenges. Ranked #1 in the world for Executive Education by the Financial Times, HEC Paris offers in Qatar a wide range of world-class executive education programs, including an Executive MBA, a Specialized master’s degree, the Advanced Management Program, the Healthcare Management & Policy program, in addition to Custom Programs for companies and organizations.

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