Set yourself up for success, tap into the many programs and services offered throughout the Sultanate that can provide the direction and support you need. Oman’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has a selection of programs that can help from mentoring to collaborative workspaces.
Intilaaqah is one of Shell's social investment initiatives aimed at encouraging the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in the Sultanate of Oman. It provides professional training, guidance; and business development services.
The National Business Centre (NBC) offers promising Omani entrepreneurs a platform to further their business ideas and develop them into growing ventures. Their vision is to become the premier platform for entrepreneurs by providing business development support and guidance, training and mentoring, access to markets and industry experts and state-of-the-art, fully equipped, office space, meeting rooms and presentation facilities.
The Public Authority for SME Development is Oman’s General Authority for the development of small and medium entreprises. RIYADA was established by Royal Decree No. 36/2013. One of its main objectives is to lead and coordinate small and medium enterprise (SME) development plans and support service activities with all government and non-government bodies.
The Sas Programme is an information and communication technology (ICT) business development initiative designed to help promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs) build a robust ICT sector in Oman. To facilitate the growth of ICT-enabled businesses in Oman, the Programme offers training workshops and seminars to entrepreneurs in all aspects of starting up and running a business.
The services offered by Sas include: Client-needs assessment, accountancy, legal, business management, human resources, marketing, governmental support, investment readiness, access to finance, and client networking.
The Fund for Development of Youth Projects (Sharakah) was established in 1998, aiming to provide the necessary expertise and funding needed to develop SMEs in Oman. It provides a variety of services including financial, mentoring and hand holding. The Fund offers customized financial solutions and has three different schemes namely: Loans, Equity Finance and Bill Discounting.
Established in 2013, Zubair SEC is more than an incubator for small businesses. It is a professional body that capitalises on its high professionalism, diversified knowledge, wide range of accumulated expertise, and its own global and local network and strategic partners. The membership is open to Omani entrepreneurs and provides them with the following: an access to Centre’s experts for business advisory services, management tools, mentoring, office space, professional, educational and social programmes and financial support for selected projects.
The CELL program is one of the CSR (corporate, social, responsibility) initiatives of the Oman India Fertiliser Company (OMIFCO), an Oman Oil subsidiary based in Sur. The CELL program identifies, accelerates, and provides grant seed financing to qualified Omani entrepreneurs; it is the first private sector initiative of its kind in Oman.
OABC is facilitating the matching of mentors from Omani and American companies with local Omani entrepreneurs and small business owners. Read about the programme and fill in the application form here:
INJAZ is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) driven by Oman's private sector. Through strategic partnerships with Oman's business and education sectors, and with the help of qualified and dedicated volunteers, INJAZ delivers educational programs on entrepreneurial and leadership skills aimed at inspiring and educating future generations. INJAZ-Oman connects corporate volunteers to mentor youth through Junior Achievement (JA) programs.
AIESEC Oman develops and connects the next generation of young leaders with impactful professional and volunteering experiences to activate their potential. Developing the leadership potential of youth through experiential learning, volunteer experiences and professional internships, AIESEC enables both employers and organisations to connect with a global network of talent.
Jisser - Arabic for ‘bridge’ - is a student internship platform that seeks to address the issue of professional skills for graduates by connecting potential interns and local businesses.