Cisco opens Entrepreneur Institute for UAE

Cisco Entrepreneur Institute to promote skills and knowledge sharing for SMB leaders

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By  Mark Sutton Published  May 11, 2009

Cisco has opened its first Entrepreneur Institute training centre in the UAE.

The centre, which is based in Dubai Knowledge Village, is intended to help the development of SMBs in the Emirates through training to increase skills, enable knowledge sharing, and to promote the benefits of technology.

Cisco already has Entrepreneur Institutes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, and says that it plans to extend the initiative to other countries in the Gulf.

Sam Alkharrat, managing director for Cisco Gulf and Pakistan said: “With small-and-medium businesses forming a significant portion of the UAE economy, improving their performance can help accelerate economic growth and raise living standards. The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute courses are designed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in the UAE, through encouraging innovative solutions and the sharing of best practices, thereby enabling growth and job creation.”

The UAE Entrepreneur Institute will be run in co-operation with WideView, a training and consultancy provider. WideView will be delivering courses in person and through e-learning sessions using tools including Moodle and Cisco WebEx. WideView will also localise course to provide them in English and Arabic.

Three courses will be available initially, that focus on the key stages of ‘Starting a Business,’ and ‘Growing a Business’ as well as an ‘iExecutive Enterprise Essential (iExec)’ course that will focus on the use of ICT to deliver change.

Issa Mohammed Al-Anati, managing director of WideView commented: “Through the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, business workshops, mentoring networks and technology resources, participants gain business skills, practical knowledge and expertise tailored for their country’s business environment, while also providing the platform for governments to reach out to citizens and support new ideas.”

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