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Press Release.

INJAZ Al-Arab, a member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, the world’s largest non-profit business education organization, has announced the launch of the 2021 edition of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as part of its Annual Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration. 

The 2021 Entrepreneurship Ecosystem edition is held virtually, featuring sessions designed to prepare students from across the region for today’s job market. The programme aims to equip them with skills to scale and sustain their business while plant the seed to nurture their future entrepreneurial ventures. The ‘INJAZ Entrepreneurship Ecosystem’, complements the JA Company Program journey and introduces another layer of one-on-one mentorship for students.

This year, 21 student teams will be mentored by industry experts from Boeing, FedEx, Mastercard, Investcorp, and Citi Foundation, with sessions rolled out across a period of five weeks. Through INJAZ Al-Arab’s partnerships with leading companies across the private sector, the organization is providing Arab youth with opportunity to develop key skillsets that will drive economies forward. 

Commenting on the launch, Akef Aqrabawi, President & CEO, INJAZ Al Arab “Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and problem solvers, and our role at INJAZ Al-Arab is to provide our students with the tools for success. Through the programme, and our work with strategic key partners we are fostering entrepreneurial thinking that will help challenge the status quo. To date, we have worked with over 4 million students, as we continue to invest in both their careers and the future of the region.”

Students will be exploring in depth skills sessions across design thinking, innovation, growth and development, customer service and business strategy, deepening their understanding on a wide spectrum of business concepts. Topics will be owned by individual partners, who in conjunction with INJAZ Al-Arab, have designed interactive sessions that will teach the new skill in practical, easily applicable methods.

The sessions will be offered online to participants across 13 countries, throughout November, concluding with the anticipated Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration which takes place on the 5th of December 2021. The celebration will see student teams compete for awards through a process that includes presentations, a trade fair, and one-on-one judges interviews, resulting in first-, second-, and third-place finishers, as well as signature award winners. 

Launched in 2007, the INJAZ Al-Arab Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration is the culmination of six months of rigorous experiential learning and application for students across the MENA region who have won the internationally acclaimed INJAZ National Company Program.

For more details on the Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration or to take part in next year’s program, visit their website.