INJAZ Bahrain announced that its annual Young Entrepreneurs Competition will be held online for the first time in its history. Held on the 6th and the 7th of July via the popular video conferencing platform Zoom. The competition will host 21 student companies from 13 high schools and eight universities across the Kingdom competing to obtain the coveted “Company of the year”, “Product of the year” and “Best Social Impact” titles, as they present their projects virtually to the competition’s judging panel.

Taking place across two days on Zoom, the Young Entrepreneurs Competition will consist of an Assessment Day on July 6, where students in the High School and University tracks will commence with panel interviews with the judges. The final day of the competition on July 7 will feature the award ceremony where the winning teams will be announced. Special awards this year will comprise of two signature awards - Excellence in Technology Award from Amazon Web Services (AWS) Bahrain, and Excellence in Marketing Award from the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB).

The high schools participating include: AbdulRahman Kanoo International School, Al Iman Private Schools – Boys, Al Noor International School, Al Taawon Secondary School for Boys, Al Tadhamon Secondary Girls School, Al-Hidaya Al-Khalifia Secondary Boys Schools, Hamad Town Secondary Boys School, Ibn Khuldoon National School, Jidhafs Secondary Girls School, Jidhafs Secondary Technical Boys School, Khawla Secondary Girls School, Naseem International School, Sitra Secondary Girls School. While the participating universities include: British University of Bahrain, Kingdom University, Royal University for Women and University of Bahrain.

Judges for this year will feature Mr. Adnan Al Mahmood from GPIC, Ms. Nadera Abuali from Citi Bahrain, Mr. Yasser Al Qashar from BANAGAS, Mr. Khalid Al Sada from STC Bahrain, Mr. Stefano Pettinato from the UNDP, Ms. Eman Janahi from Tamkeen, Mr. Nidal Al Basha from AWS Bahrain, and Mr. Hisham Abu Al Fateh from NBB. INJAZ Bahrain’s Young Entrepreneurs Competition sponsors are Tamkeen Bahrain, Banagas, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and National Bank of Bahrain (NBB).

Hana Sarwani, Executive Director at INJAZ Bahrain stated:

“We are thrilled to be hosting our annual YEC competition online for the very first time. This transition has proved our team’s work readiness and potential to adapt to change quickly. YEC won’t be our first digital experience, as our team has tirelessly worked to launch our programs online and host other events online during the past few months. I can safely say that the experience of going digital hasn’t pulled us back from benefiting students while at home but has been very successful. Our teams are geared up for YEC and we’re beyond excited to crown 2020’s young entrepreneurs of the year.”

The Award Ceremony will be made available for public viewing on INJAZ Bahrain’s YouTube channel on July 7, 2020 at 4pm.