Manama: INJAZ Bahrain has launched a “Young CEOs Programme” during its board meeting at GPIC Club as part of its initiative to encourage students to become entrepreneurs by providing them with skills needed to succeed in the local economy.
The programme gives the students an opportunity to network with top executives from diverse backgrounds, industries and countries, gain valuable market knowledge and develop understanding of the roles and responsibilities of top executives.
Fourteen young student CEOs from 11 schools and two universities who are taking part in this year’s Company Programmne met INJAZ Bahrain executive director Shaikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa and INJAZ board members to discuss how to manage their companies, financial aspects, staff management, growth opportunities, market challenges, success approaches and general business opportunities.
The Company Programme is INJAZ’s signature curriculum. Implemented in schools and universities as part of regular academic curriculum, it provides an outlet for untapped creativity and business savvy. It is structured as an economic and business laboratory where students, under the supervision of a volunteer mentor from the private sector, experience the entire life-cycle of a start-up company.
The capstone of INJAZ programmes, born from 90 years of JA Worldwide programming, exposes youths to the concepts of free market economics and participatory governance and capital.
To celebrate the successes of the Company Programme, INJAZ hosts a regional competition known as the Young Entrepreneurs Competition, each year, where national team winners, prominent figures from the private sector and guests gather to commemorate the achievements of Arab students from each of the 14 INJAZ member nations.
INJAZ Bahrain Company Programme is comprised of business, entrepreneurship and economics lessons for students aged 16-22 in high schools and universities.
By 2020, between 80 and 100 million jobs must be created in the Middle East and North Africa just to maintain current unemployment rates.
The window of opportunity to meet these demands is small and new jobs must be created at a pace never seen before.
INJAZ Bahrain promotes entrepreneurship education training in the kingdom. More than 90,000 students have taken part in a broad base of entrepreneurship training opportunities aimed at developing basic business skills and financial literacy to start and run their own businesses, along with softer skills increasingly in demand by the private sector.
INJAZ Bahrain works with the Education Ministry, schools, universities and a network of 3,500 corporate volunteers who implement a series of business and entrepreneurship programmes that reach more than 20,000 youths annually.
INJAZ Al Arab and INJAZ Bahrain will hold this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Competition in Manama in November.