Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed and attendance of His Excellency The Minister of Industry and Commerce and the chairman of the SME Development Board Zayed Al Zayani, Internet of Things accelerator Brinc hosted a Demo Day for the third cycle of their MENA accelerator program at the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub Titled “IoT: Revolutionizing how we eat, move, live and feel.”
His Excellency Kamal bin Ahmed commended the Brinc’s role in nurturing the IoT ecosystem in Bahrain and the role of the accelerated teams in contributing to economic growth in the Kingdom. In the same context, his excellency highlighted the role of Tamkeen, Startup Bahrain and the Economic Development Board in supporting the startup ecosystem to establish Bahrain as a global leader in this space.
Speaking to an audience of 100 participants, His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, said, “I am proud to witness the high level of innovation demonstrated by the group of startups presenting today. The diversity of ideas and products is testament to the high level of capability in the IoT field, and I am very pleased that Brinc is able to provide the support in incubating and developing such emerging projects.”
The event was focused on the four verticals of investment that Brinc believes makes the greatest impact on people’s lives. It allowed the four startups from the accelerator, Hayatech, HoneyFlow, PlantOS and Rabt, to pitch their innovative IoT products to top-tier local, regional and international investors. In May 2018 , Brinc launched its first program in Bahrain in partnership with Tamkeen, offering investment, education, mentorship, services, prototyping tools and co-working space to startups from across the Middle East.
His Excellency The Minister of Industry and Commerce and the chairman of the SME Development Board Zayed Al Zayani attended the graduation ceremony of the third batch of Brinc MENA’s Portfolio teams.
His Excellency The Minister of Industry and Commerce and the chairman of the SME Development Board Zayed Al Zayani, participated in the graduation ceremony of the third batch of BRINC MENA’s Portfolio companies, which was held under the patronage of HE Mr. Kamal Bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications. Where the CDO of Brinc and GM of Brinc MENA, Yasin Aboudaoud welcomed more than 200 international startups and companies operating in the field of Internet of Things and smart devices, which was held at Brinc Batelco IoT Hub in Bab Al Bahrain.
During the ceremony, the minister praised the great and global development of the startup companies that have become the focus of the attention of international economists and investors who are working in all fields. The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain is always seeking to push the start-up companies, which are now an essential element in boosting the economic system. The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council headed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has contributed to launch a number of development initiatives and programs in support of entrepreneurship and startups, small and medium enterprises such as providing incubation services and accelerating business where 21 incubators and business hubs have been licensed to benefit more than 600 incubator-based enterprises offering common space services, mentoring services, and help with financial planning to reduce the risks faced by small and medium enterprises in their early stages. In addition, the Bahrain Exports Center was inaugurated to promote national exports and enhance its quality to enhance Bahrain’s position as a global trading partner by providing finance, credit, training, seminars, and workshops.
The startups showcased at Demo Day who reviewed their experiences were:
- Hayatech: Hayatech is a B2B, Software as a Service (SAAS) and connected hardware platform that aims to transform businesses into healthy communities. With employee wellbeing at the center of their ethos, Hayatech is building on the steady global integration of IoT and wellness technology to foster effective preventative healthcare solutions.
- Honey Flow Africa Tech: New evolution in beekeeping that improves predictability in beekeeping, honey production, and honey processing. Honey flow Africa provide real-time continuous apiary monitoring systems for beekeepers by detecting foraging activity, monitoring nectar supply and providing swarm alerts to increase survival rates, reduce cost and increase production.
- PlantOS: PlantOS is a vertically integrated precision agriculture technology company for indoor and outdoor environments with sensor computers and a platform powered by Google Cloud. PlantOS is developing a comprehensive solution for agricultural companies that spans everything from people tracking to real-time agricultural data.
- Rabt W.L.L: A technology company that designs and develops connected hardware and software applications for specialized use-cases. Rabt is focused on use-cases that include tracking, communication, health, automation, and safety. Rabt’s first product is Hajj Gear which promises to make Hajj pilgrims’ journey safe and secure. Hajj Gear will include Hajj Belt, Mobile Application and a Web-based Platform.
Demo Day is a unique platform for meeting startup founders and networking with investors, corporate strategists, government partners, and press. It is an avenue to discover the latest innovations in IoT in the region and explore the potential of cross-pollination of ideas and forge partnerships to put Bahrain on the frontier of digital innovation.
In July 2018, Brinc launched in Bahrain as a player contributing to building every element of the ecosystem, offering investment, education, mentorship, services, prototyping tools and co-working space for startups.