Tuesday 01, August 2017 by Jessica Combes

Barclays sponsors UAE’s first Government-accredited entrepreneurship programme


Barclays has announced its sponsorship for the Mind Cloud Entrepreneurship Programme, the UAE’s first government accredited initiative for entrepreneurs.

The initiative, in collaboration with Dubai Business Women Council, the UAE’s leading platform for the personal and professional development of women in the emirate and beyond, aims to elevate the entrepreneurship skills for participants.

“At Dubai Business Women Council, we strive to offer everyone a platform to discover their entrepreneurial spirit and showcase their ambition. With this significant investment from Barclays as official sponsor of the entrepreneur programme, we can create even greater opportunities for entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams,” said HE Dr. Raja Al Gurg, President of DBWC.  “We look forward to what promises to be a successful partnership between DBWC, Barclays and Mind Cloud Academy.”

The initiative provides support to the UAE’s drive to build a knowledge-based economy, through attracting a wide-ranging audience from students to SME entrepreneurs, corporate employees to start-ups and scale-ups, with a full spectrum of tailor-made theoretical and practical courses led by successful entrepreneurs.

“At Barclays, we are passionate about helping people and businesses achieve their ambitions, in the right way. The Dubai Business Women Council’s Mind Cloud Entrepreneurship programme is a promising initiative that allows us to actively help entrepreneur women achieve their potential and grow their businesses while supporting the local economy,” said Andrew Mortimer, Managing Director, Country Manager, and Chief Operating Officer for Barclays MENA.

The initiative has so far attracted hundreds of applications from entrepreneurs determined to show they can contribute to the future economy. The Mind Cloud Entrepreneurship Programme courses included: Customer Acquisition & Retention; Legal & Governance; Mindful Leadership; Business Model; Design Thinking; Finance; Marketing & PR; Pivoting Business Model; Sales Strategies and Scaling Up Strategies.

With the official launch of the programme planned for September, each course will be the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)-certified Diploma and will be delivered by a successful entrepreneur or industry expert, with a deep knowledge of the subject matter. The initiative will also create opportunities for mentorship with the facilitators and Barclays passing on their vast practical knowledge and expertise in diverse areas to individuals.



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