The program was inspired by the initiatives of Qatari citizens to achieve self-sufficiency in important sectors such as, investments, factories, & production capacity and awards 5 innovative and exciting start up.. There were 125 entrants last year, and they were judged by a panel of judges over several days. The final winners were: Doha Pano, a 360 google street view certified company, Gulf Carpets, a carpet manufacturer, Qatar Aluminium Extrusion, an aluminium fabricator,
Qatar German Gasket, an industrial pipe manufacturer and Rise Enterprise, a new restaurant chain.
Qatar Development Bank run the Rowad Entrepreneurship Awards and Conference every year.