Forum is a catalyst in building a culture of innovation and enhancing personal skills
UAE, Abu Dhabi, 05th August 2013: In its quest to encourage a culture of innovation and inspire the next generation of business leaders, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development is hosting the Abu Dhabi Forum on Entrepreneurship from 7 - 9 October 2013, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
HE Abdullah Saeed Al Darmaki, CEO of the Khalifa Fund elaborated: 'This highly informative forum addresses a diverse range of issues such as financing for SME's and micro-enterprises, the evolving role of young entrepreneurs in the economy, social empowerment and numerous other advancements that will culminate in a higher quality of life for the nation as a whole.”
An exhibition will be held on the sidelines of the forum to put the spotlight on the projects of ambitious entrepreneurs who are seeking financing and supporting for fresh ideas and innovative business models.
The Fund explained that the forum is in sync with Abu Dhabi's Vision 2030, and will give aspiring entrepreneurs exposure to international best practices while also strengthening relationships between businesses and potential investors, clients, partners and industry bodies. Cutting edge solutions will be proposed for pressing challenges, as well as accelerating the communication process between governmental decision-makers and the business community.
HE Al Darmaki added: 'This forum is the ideal platform for entrepreneurs to network with high level business visionaries so that they can make an impact locally, regionally and globally. This sector is a crucial pillar of the national economy, and Abu Dhabi's entrepreneurial spirit will boost the UAE's services and products to become globally competitive. The Khalifa Fund passionately believes in elevating SME's to achieve their fullest potential. We are guided by the vision of our wise leadership which emphasizes the empowerment of our citizens and nurturing young entrepreneurs' skills so they can drive national prosperity.'
About Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development
The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development was launched on 3 June 2007 as an independent agency of the Government of Abu Dhabi, and has now amassed AED2 Billion in capital to fulfill the various requirements of entrepreneurs. The Fund has established a comprehensive program to expand entrepreneurs' business projects, in order to cultivate an appropriate business-enabling environment and to enhance the capabilities of potential entrepreneurs.
In order to create a favorable investment climate, the Fund uses a modern assistance and support services system that includes training, development, data and advisory services, access to market intelligence and consultancy services as well as developing various marketing initiatives.
In addition, the Fund provides various financial solutions for promising enterprises that may serve the national economy in the form of programs such as Khutwa, Bedaya, Zeyada and Tasneea, which are made available to all types of SMEs.
The Khalifa Fund has also launched socio-economic initiatives such as Sougha, which aims to preserve the Emirati heritage; Al Radda, the UAE's first program for prison inmates; and Ishraq for patients recovering from addiction at the national rehabilitation center.