Dec 16, 2020 by QBIC
The MENA region’s leading mixed-use business incubator, Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC) has successfully concluded the second wave of its newly formed Lean Manufacturing Program (LMP), following an event streamed live from QBIC’s headquarters in Doha. The seven-week program – which is the first of its kind in the country – has seen several promising industrial startups and rapidly growing manufacturing companies take part in practical workshops and developmental online sessions.
The LMP team received applications from more than 40 startups, out of which 5 teams were selected to pitch their ideas before a panel of expert judges. The four winners for the second wave of the program were Oxy Tank (Mohsin Al Shaikh), which produces watertank coolers, Biscuit Factory (Khalifa Al Thani), a made-in-Qatar biscuit production startup, Arkana (Hassan Al Ansari) for its innovative approach to air conditioning, and Beehive (Sarah Al Dorani and Eliana), bringing the number of ideas started by LMP to 16. QBIC will support the winners by providing each with a workshop space at a subsidized rate and a dedicated office space, in addition to on-going coaching and mentorship services by industry experts.
The LMP is designed to build the capacity of companies that are aiming to manufacture products and goods in Qatar. Participants in the LMP are trained to develop their ideas alongside invaluable insights provided by international experts and partners, as QBIC continues to deliver world-class content that is relevant to the local market.
Hamad Dashin Al-Qahtani, General Manager at QBIC, commented: “it is with pleasure to see more aspiring entrepreneurs participating in the LMP. This is proof that we are steadily achieving self-sufficiency in line with the nation’s vision. Another successful wave of the LMP concludes today, but we are excited to continue supporting Qatari talent to achieve maximum potential within the manufacturing industry.”
Al Qahtani added: “I would like to express my sincere congratulations to the second wave participants and winners of the LMP for their solid effort and commitment throughout the program.”
Within this program, entrepreneurs and business owners gain a thorough, hands-on understanding of the holistic manufacturing process through a series of practical sessions that are based on the lean methodology. During the program, participants visited Fab-Lab at QBIC to learn more about digital manufacturing and received a number of inspirational seminars by the team at Fab-Lab. Participants were also given the opportunity to visit Jahiz factories and QBIC industrial workshop where they received advice and guidance from factory owners on how to scale their operations.
Graduates of the LMP can now transfer their knowledge and skills to empower individuals currently within the industrial and manufacturing sector, as they pave the way to leading change within the sector in Qatar. Program graduates leave with the skills and knowledge to efficiently scale their operations and grow into the next stage of the production cycle.
To learn more about QBIC and the Lean Manufacturing Program, please visit qbic.qa.
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