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Gulf Bank congratulates student entrepreneurs in INJAZ-Kuwait’s Company Program competition
May 15, 2017, 3:05 pm

As a strategic sponsor of INJAZ-Kuwait and its programs, Gulf Bank was pleased to be part of the INJAZ-Kuwait annual awards ceremony, where winners of the 2017 ‘Company Program Competition’ were announced. The event was organized by INJAZ-Kuwait and took place at the JW Marriott Hotel on 11 and 12 May.

The event was held under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammad Al-Fares, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education, and attended by INJAZ-Kuwait’s representatives, students, volunteers, parents, teachers, sponsors and supporters, along with representatives from the local media. On the first evening a dinner was held to thank the companies and volunteers involved in the program. Gulf Bank was pleased that it was named as the company with the highest number of volunteers participating in the year of INJAZ-Kuwait programs.

The Company Program spans almost four months and is focused on helping students start up entrepreneurial companies. There are 10-30 students per group ranging in age from 15-24.  This year 13 student companies were featured with a total of 150 students from private and public schools and universities competing for the 2017 ‘Company of the Year’ award. Over the course of 12 different sessions students learn skills important for business, including: creative and innovative thinking; business skills; accounting and finance; public speaking and presentation skills; consultation and negotiation tactics; as well as leadership and teamwork.

INJAZ-Kuwait’s panel of judges visited the Student Companies’ booths to evaluate the business ideas as part of the decision making process in order to select the winners. Each company gave a 15-minute presentation, after which the judges made a unanimous decision on the winners.

Mrs. Salma Al-Hajjaj, General Manager, Human Resources at Gulf Bank, said: “On behalf of Gulf Bank, I would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s Company Program Competition. Like each year, the students who participate are a true reflection of what our youth have to offer and what they are capable of when offered the right kind of support and guidance. We are very proud of the concepts we witnessed in this year’s competition and we look forward to seeing more participations next year”.

The ‘Student Company of the Year 2017’ award went to ‘Youth Creation’ for the Universities category; and ‘Agrivage’ for the High School category. The awards were presented to the two winning companies by a Gulf Bank representative.  Next, the winning companies will be participating in the regional competition.

Mrs. Al-Hajjaj continued: “Gulf Bank has been a long time partner and supporter of INJAZ Kuwait, and we will continue to invest in the younger generations by supporting educational programs that focus on equipping youth with the skills and knowhow that allow their ideas to materialize. We are proud of that Gulf Bank was named the company with the most volunteers participating in the year of INJAZ activities. I thank our staff for their commitment to mentoring the next generation.”

INJAZ-Kuwait is a non-profit (NPO), non-governmental organization (NGO) driven by Kuwait’s private sector. Through strategic partnerships with Kuwait’s business and education sectors, and with the help of qualified and dedicated volunteers, INJAZ delivers both Arabic and English language educational programs on entrepreneurial and leadership skills to build successful careers. 

INJAZ forms part of the global network of Junior Achievement worldwide.  The programs are designed to narrow social inequities, encourage social engagement, foster creativity and experience, and develop generations of highly skilled individuals.  Board members include: Mr. Omar Kutayba Alghanim, Gulf Bank Chairman and CEO of Alghanim Industries, who is also the Chairman of the Board INJAZ-Kuwait, along with Mrs. Salma Al-Hajjaj, General Manager Human Resources at Gulf Bank, among other notable individuals.

Gulf Bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is committed to educational initiatives that make a sustainable impact with youth and in the community.  To find out more about Gulf Bank’s initiatives and programs, visit the Bank’s bilingual website at or visit its social media channels.

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