HRH Princess Sumaya honours winners of entrepreneur challenge

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, honours winners of Intel Youth Enterprise Unemployment Challenge

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HRH Princess Sumaya honours winners of entrepreneur challenge HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan with the competition winners.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 21, 2012

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, president of El Hassan Science City (EHSC) and the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), has honoured the winners of the Intel Youth Enterprise Unemployment Challenge.

The competition, which was organised by Intel and supported by the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE), was designed to help find technological solutions to the problem of high unemployment in Jordan.

The winning project, KolshiMedia, was selected from among eight finalists, whose ideas were assessed by local NGOs to assess their impact. The finalists participated in several workshops on entrepreneurship and using technology to solve social problems, supervised by experts.

KolshiMedia is intended as a platform for local musicians and comedians can meet, interact, promote and showcase their different talents, helping them to move forward with their abilities as a career in the future. The KolshiMedia team will now take part in the Intel Global Challenge in California in November.

HRH Princess Sumaya said: “This competition offers dual solutions to two of our key challenges – how do we create high-value employment for our brightest young people, and how do we apply technology to fulfil our pressing social needs?

“Entrepreneurship is a vital component in any growing economy. For not only does the spirit of creative entrepreneurship directly and speedily create new jobs, it also raises confidence levels in the wider community. A nation with a proud entrepreneurial mindset is one that can meet any of its challenges head-on,” Princess Sumaya added.

Intel Corporate Affairs Manager for Levant and North Africa, Rula Habash, said: “Intel Youth Enterprise program focuses on developing ideation and innovation skills of young students by giving them an opportunity to work on real world challenges. The program is based on an idea development framework which develops an innovation culture, creates a systemic change and builds capacities in several high schools and universities across the world. The program had the first launch in Jordan and based on the success of this program it was launched in India, US, Ireland and now Turkey.”

Farhan Kalaldeh, executive director of QRCE said: “We have been able in cooperation with our partners at Intel to motivate and empower the Jordanian youth to develop innovative ideas that can be implemented to assist unemployed youth with finding the right jobs and developing successful careers, given that current unemployment rates in the region are among the highest in the world.

“The countries in the region are currently suffering from high unemployment rates, ranging between 11% and over 25%. There is a tendency for these numbers to further increase, given the fact that the number of university graduates and therefore job market entrants is expected to rise in the coming years,” Kalaldeh added.

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