INJAZ Al-Arab launches the 'INJAZ Entrepreneurship Ecosystem' 

By partnering with leading companies in the private sector, INJAZ Al-Arab hopes to provide students in the MENA region with valuable experiential learning 


Dubai: INJAZ Al-Arab/JA MENA, a member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, the world’s largest non-profit business education organization, has announced the launch of its Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration for 2020. To kick-start the celebratory journey for ambitious students within the region, INJAZ Al-Arab is collaborating with key strategic partners to provide students with valuable skill enhancement sessions as part of a unique learning experience. The latest inclusion to the JA flagship Company Program, is the ‘INJAZ Entrepreneurship Ecosystem’, that aims to introduce and provide students with another layer of one on one mentorship across a wide range of practical business topics.  

Launched in 2007, the INJAZ Al-Arab Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration is the culmination of six months of experiential learning and application for students in the MENA region who participated in and won the internationally acclaimed INJAZ National Company Program in their respective countries. This year, 100 students will have the opportunity to access useful training from leading professionals in the region. The process will equip students with hands-on business skills and inspire them to set up and run their own entrepreneurial companies, and ultimately be the leaders of tomorrow.  

The ‘INJAZ Entrepreneurship Ecosystem’ will see prominent professionals lead the charge to share their knowledge and expertise on seven key business elements that aim to complement the skills gained through the INJAZ National Company Program. Each business element will increase students’ proficiency in a unique set of skills. The skill enhancement sessions will touch on topics such as design thinking, innovation, technology, growth and development, sustainability, customer service and business strategy, to amplify their understanding on a wide spectrum of business concepts. 

By partnering with leading companies in the private sector, INJAZ Al-Arab is shining a light for the Arab youth and providing them with the specialized skills to drive the economies of the Arab world forward. This year’s partners include industry experts and representatives from Citi Foundation, Investcorp, Mastercard, FedEx, Boeing, Schneider Electric and Google. The in-depth skills sessions will be led by partner experts and offered online to youth in 13 countries during the month of November.  

Speaking at the launch, Akef Aqrabawi, President & CEO, INJAZ Al Arab, said “In the MENA region, we see such ambition and drive among the Arab youth. Our role at INJAZ Al-Arab is to provide students with unique learning experiences and guidance to set them up for success later in life. By partnering with key industry experts, we can enable powerful partnerships to create truly impactful programs for our students. Since the company program began, we have been able to work with more than 100,000 students and we look forward to continuing our work in the region to see how we can create a lasting impact.” 

The online skill sessions will prepare 21 aspiring teams across the MENA region for the coveted Youth Entrepreneurship Regional Competition which takes place on 10 December. For further details on the Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration or to take part in next year’s program, visit


About INJAZ Al-Arab 

Operating in 13 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, INJAZ Al-Arab is the only nonprofit organization in the region that harnesses the mentorship of business leaders to help inspire a culture of entrepreneurship and business innovation among Arab youth. Partnering with leading companies in the private sector, INJAZ Al-Arab equips Arab youth to drive the economies of the Arab World forward through training designed to inspire them to develop ambition, entrepreneurship and professional skills. 

Named one of the top 100 NGOs in the world by NGO Advisor for six consecutive years INJAZ Al-Arab has influenced the lives of over 3.7 million students since its inception in 2004. INJAZ Al-Arab is a member of Junior Achievement; the world’s largest and fastest-growing youth business organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. 

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