Doha – Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC), held its final interactive Speaker Series session of the year with Professor Joe Haslam, Executive Director of the Owners Scaleup Programme at IE Business School. Haslam presented an insightful & forward-thinking seminar on ‘The new era of scale-up entrepreneurship & trillion dollar opportunities’ to an engaged audience, including QBIC startups, at the Four Seasons Hotel.
QBIC has always invested in individual advancement of its entrepreneurs by offering seasonal Speaker Series sessions with renowned professionals and high-profile entrepreneurs such as Chris Free, Uber’s GM for Qatar and the UAE; Rabea Ataya, Bayt.com’s CEO and Founder; Elmar Mock, co-inventor of SWATCH; Simon Casson, VP and Regional GM at Four Seasons, Ibrahim Manna, GM Emerging Markets at Careem, and Terry Jones, founding chairman of Kayak as well as Travelocity.com.
With that impressive lineup of seasoned professionals, QBIC kept the bar high with Professor Joe Haslam who is Executive Director of Owners Scaleup Program at IE Business School. The first company he cofounded, ‘Marrakech’, raised over $75m in venture capital and scaled to 250 staff. He is also cofounder and Chairman of ‘Hot Hotels’, the first Spanish company to be accelerated by Techstars programme in the USA.
Aysha Al Mudahka, QBIC’s CEO said: “We’re thrilled to be wrapping up an incredibly fruitful year with yet another Speaker Series session. We constantly strive to host speakers who can bring new insights and share their expertise from different disciplines – in this case Scaleups – with our entrepreneurs. Hosting renowned, forward-thinking professionals, such as Professor Haslam, allows us to further enhance the development of our entrepreneurs.”
Haslam’s session highlighted importance of shifting focus and staying ahead of the curve. He emphasised the significance of moving away from a focus on innovation to one of sustainability, a move away from managing for scarcity to one of managing for abundance and a move away from thinking linearly to thinking exponentially.
The Speaker Series sessions bridge the gap between aspiring entrepreneurs, and successful professionals with valuable experience and knowledge on overcoming the challenging road to successful entrepreneurship. Visiting speakers also provide one-on-one coaching sessions for QBIC’s incubatees, and depending on their business field, provide them with specialized, invaluable advice.