INJAZ Al-Arab celebrates Arab youth at the 14th annual Young Entrepreneurs Competition

INJAZ Al-Arab celebrates Arab youth at the 14th annual Young Entrepreneurs Competition

The competition aims to empower students to become business leaders of tomorrow

14 December 2020: INJAZ Al-Arab, a member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, the world’s largest non-profit business education organisation, held the 14th edition of its highly successful ‘Youth Entrepreneurship Celebration’ this week. The competition saw 111 ambitious students from 13 countries within the MENA region come together virtually to compete in the prestigious awards.

The INJAZ Al-Arab Young Entrepreneurs Competition aims to enhance and nurture the entrepreneurial skills of Arab youth, providing them with necessary skillset for future jobs opportunities. The awards ceremony is an annual celebration of the achievements of students who participated and won the National Company Program Competition in their respective countries after showcasing their creativity and innovation by setting up their very own entrepreneurial companies. Bespoke mentorship is offered to students during a six-month period, where they enrich their business skills by learning about the complexities of running a business, financial literacy and what it takes to be part of a team workforce,

from key experts within the business community.

This year’s coveted ‘Company of the Year’ university prize was awarded to ToRead from Lebanon and the high school prize went to Shatla from Oman. ToRead is an online educational platform that was formed to allow users to search, filter, and compare university and scholarship options in Lebanon and abroad. While Shatla is an online marketplace that connects nurseries and customers, providing them with detailed information about a specific plant, including its care instructions in multiple languages. Other main awards included ‘Product of the Year’ which was awarded to ITdrops from Algeria and Sahim from Bahrain, with the ‘Best Social Impact’ award going to Color Me from Yemen and Bee Friends from Palestine.

The competition was hosted with key strategic partners such as FedEx, Boeing, Schneider Electric, Google, Investcorp, Citi and Mastercard, each of whom had their own signature awards for the Young Entrepreneurs Competition. The winners were as follows; FedEx Global Possibilities Award – Shatla from Oman, Investcorp Value Creation Award – Ija Ndhyafek from Tunisia, Citi Client Focus Award – Shatla from Oman and Al Malaga from Bahrain, Mastercard Excellence in Technology Award – ToRead from Lebanon, Google Best Digital Presence Award  – Nafta from Oman and Sahim from Bahrain, Boeing Business Challenge Award – Bee Friends from Palestine, and Schneider Electric Sustainability Award – Athar from Palestine.

Through these powerful partnerships, INJAZ Al-Arab have been able to create truly impactful programs that have reached 11,341 students in 13 countries across the MENA region within the 2019-2020 academic year. With the support of 702 corporate volunteers, a total of 672 student enterprises were created.

Speaking at this year’s competition, Akef Aqrabawi, CEO, INJAZ Al Arab, said: “We are proud to celebrate the achievements of Arab youth from across the region today at the INJAZ Al-Arab Young Entrepreneurs Competition. From what I have seen, there is a great opportunity for these students to make an impact and become the influential business leaders of tomorrow. INJAZ Al-Arab is proud to continue to provide students with the necessary learning and training opportunities they require to thrive in the business world. I would like to thank our students, volunteers and partners for yet another successful competition and look forward to what’s to come, as we work together to build a brighter future.”

To discover more about INJAZ Al Arab’s Young Entrepreneurs Competition or to apply to take part in next year’s program visit:


For the full list of winners see below:

Company of the Year  

  • ToRead, Lebanon
  • Shatla, Oman 

Product of the Year 

  • ITdrops, Algeria 
  • Sahim, Bahrain 

Best Social Impact 

  • Color Me, Yemen 
  • Bee Friends, Palestine 

FedEx Global Possibilities  

  • Shatla, Oman 

 Investcorp Value Creation  

  • Ija Ndhyafek, Tunisia 

 Citi Client Focus  

  • Shatla, Oman 
  • Al Malaga, Bahrain 

Mastercard Excellence in Technology 

  • ToRead, Lebanon 

 Google Best Digital Presence 

  • Nafta, Oman 
  • Sahim, Bahrain 

Boeing Business Challenge 

  • Bee Friends, Palestine 

Schneider Electric Sustainability 

  • Athar, Palestine 

For any press queries please contact:

Dima Masri

Regional Head of Marketing Communications

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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