Al­ghanim In­dus­tries plat­inum spon­sor of Arab Net

Free event tick­ets given to 100 univer­sity stu­dents in Kuwait

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Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, one of the largest pri­vately owned com­pa­nies in the re­gion, has re­cently an­nounced its Plat­inum Spon­sor­ship of ‘ArabNet Con­fer­ence - Kuwait.’ This is the first time the com­pany spon­sors ArabNet, which aims to stim­u­late the growth of the Arab dig­i­tal knowl­edge econ­omy and sup­port the cre­ation of new busi­nesses and job op­por­tu­ni­ties for as­pir­ing youth. The two-day con­fer­ence took place last Tues­day and Wed­nes­day at the Court­yard Ho­tel’s Ar­raya Ball­room.

The con­fer­ence was com­prised of mul­ti­ple pan­els of in­dus­try ex­perts dis­cussing var­i­ous top­ics on e-com­merce, dig­i­tal me­dia, e-mar­ket­ing, and in­vest­ing in tech re­lated busi­nesses. The con­fer­ence also in­cluded a Startup Demo Com­pe­ti­tion, which aims to sup­port early-stage star­tups from across the re­gion through fund­ing, ex­po­sure, and strate­gic part­ner­ships; “Ideathon Pitches”, where each se­lected en­tre­pre­neur has two min­utes in the spot­light to present their in­no­va­tive idea and strong busi­ness po­ten­tial; 1-on-1 In­ter­views with top pri­vate sec­tor ex­ec­u­tives such as CEO of Agility, Tarek Sul­tan, and Gen­eral Man­ager of IT and CIO at Gulf Bank, Peter Roberts, among oth­ers.

Al­ghanim In­dus­tries con­tri­bu­tion in­cluded spon­sor­ing 100 stu­dents from dif­fer­ent uni­ver­si­ties in Kuwait to at­tend the con­fer­ence, free of charge. The com­pany is a firm be­liever in the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion both in­side and out­side the class­room.

Dig­i­tal hub

Speak­ing about this spon­sor­ship, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Al­ghanim In­dus­tries, Omar Ku­tayba Al­ghanim said: “As a com­pany, Al­ghanim In­dus­tries al­ways strives to col­lab­o­rate with lo­cal and re­gional startup ex­perts, with the aim of turn­ing Kuwait into the next dig­i­tal en­tre­pre­neur­ial hub of cre­ative ideas and so­lu­tions. I have im­mense faith in our youth, and their abil­ity to con­tin­u­ously raise the bar on in­no­va­tion. I be­lieve we have a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity, in both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, to sup­port small busi­nesses and en­trepreneur­ship - to cre­ate eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for our pop­u­la­tion.”

Com­ment­ing on the event, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of ArabNet, Omar Chris­tidis said: “We were thrilled to col­lab­o­rate with Al­ghanim In­dus­tries to bring more than 100 Kuwaiti youth and en­trepreneurs to ArabNet Kuwait, and to help con­nect them with the in­vestors and busi­ness lead­ers that can help them grow. We look for­ward to a long-term strate­gic part­ner­ship with Al­ghanim In­dus­tries to help de­velop the en­trepreneur­ship ecosys­tem in Kuwait, and look for­ward to the next edition of ArabNet Kuwait in 2017.”

This ini­tia­tive comes as part of Al­ghanim In­dus­tries’ Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) pro­gram, which is com­mit­ted to em­pow­er­ing the un­der­priv­i­leged, sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion and en­cour­ag­ing en­trepreneur­ship. It is worth not­ing that the com­pany is the Strate­gic Spon­sor for the fifth an­nual Tm­keen Youth Sym­po­sium, an ini­tia­tive that pro­vides youth with valu­able in­sights about en­trepreneur­ship from in­dus­try lead­ers, aca­demics and ex­perts. The Tm­keen event will be held un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlSabah, on 25 and 26 Oc­to­ber 2016.

A scene from the con­fer­ence.

Al­ghanim In­dus­tries CEO Omar Ku­tayba Al­ghanim

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