Frequently Asked Questions

Your burning questions answered, from funding to community to launching and more.

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General

What does StartUp Bahrain do?

StartUp Bahrain is a community initiative that brings all the innovative entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, educational institutions and Bahraini government to foster a nation powered by startups!

How does StartUp Bahrain define a ‘Startup’?

StartUp Bahrain defines a startup or scale-up as a company that’s focused on being bold, thinking globally, innovative, and uses technology to aid in its growth.

Does StartUp Bahrain support only technology startups?

Every entity within the StartUp Bahrain community have different criteria as to what type of startups they support. StartUp Bahrain is the startup ecosystem of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It’s goal is to encourage startups who are innovative, bold, and think global.

What does Startup Bahrain provide in terms of support?

StartUp Bahrain is your way to get in touch with local investors, mentors, key business figures, incubators, accelerators and more through a series of events and the StartUp Bahrain ecosystem!

What size should my startup be to be part of StartUp Bahrain?

Please refer back to the ‘What are the requirements for being part of StartUp Bahrain’ question for more details.

How can I contribute my article to be featured on StartUp Bahrain?

We’d love to have you featured on StartUp Bahrani! Contact jenan@startupbahrain.com to get things rolling.

How can I partner with StartUp Bahrain?

We are excited to have you! Just send us your details on jenan@startupbahrain.com and we will get back to you!

What programs does Bahrain provide for early stage startups?

There are lots of programs and workshops happening for startups in Bahrain! Make sure you follow our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts and keep an eye on our website’s calendar event section for upcoming events, workshops and meetups in Bahrain.

Launching

What are the requirements for being a startup in StartUp Bahrain?

We look for tech-enabled startups! Your business concept should not have any geographical limitations and has a scalable business model!

Here are the requirements for being part of StartUp Bahrain:

  1. Offer innovative or reiterative solutions to new or existing problems.
  2. Is built on a scalable, fast-growth, business model, established within less than 3 years within the Kingdom of Bahrain
  3. Has the ability to sustain high-risk, extreme uncertainty, and loss through its growth
  4. Be self-funded, funded through investors, or corporate funding.
  5. Has the ability to expand, operate, or offer its solutions out of Bahrain.
  6. Contains a technology element that caters to its fast growth.

How can I register my company in Bahrain?

Bahrain welcomes you with open arms! Head over to the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) website to know how to register your business in 3 simple steps.

How can I to get a Virtual CR (Sijili) and what are the requirements?

The (SIJILAT) Portal is a system that tells you about all the conditions, procedures, laws and regulations related to acquiring business licenses for over 1,800 business activities!

Here’s a handy guide you can find on Sijilat, check out page 2 and 4 for the step by step guide on how to get your virtual CR.

Also, click here to know where to go for approval for your Sijili virtual CR.

Do I need a Bahraini partner to launch my startup in Bahrain?

Nope! Bahrain lets foreigners own 100% of their business with no free zone restrictions! Meaning you can set up anywhere in Bahrain and completely own your business. There are absolutely no restrictions on repatriation of capital, profits or dividends. For more information on how to setup in Bahrain, head over to the Bahrain Economic Development Board website.

How can I find suitable workspaces or virtual offices?

Check out the co-working spaces and virtual offices here:

Co.Lab

Servcorp

Space 340

Community

What are the different incubators in Bahrain and how can I apply?

We know how difficult it is to scale-up your startup, but luckily for you Bahrain has a bunch of Incubators and Accelerators to help you!

Accelerators

  1. C5 Accelerate
  2. Flat6Labs Bahrain
  3. Nest
  4. Brinc
  5. KickStart Bahrain
  6. Adliya Business Support Services Co. W.L.L
  7. ACT PRO for Consultancy and Business Services SPC
  8. Injazee Business Support S.P.C
  9. APCO Incubator Center
  10. Alwane Center for Development Small & Medium Enterprises W L L
  11. Pro Sky Business Center W L L
  12. Bahrain Gate for Supporting Small and Medium Enterprises W.L.L
  13. MAZ BUSINESS Development S.P.C.
  14. Uni Concept For Business Solutions CO. W.L.L
  15. intelligence modern W.L.L
  16. Gulf Gate Medical Complex W L L
  17. ALNAZAHA BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES W.L.L.

Incubators

  1. The Nest
  2. Bahrain Fashion Incubator
  3. Mauna Entrepreneurs Support S P C
  4. Keepers Business Solutions CO. W.L.L
  5. CH9

Others

  1. Level Z

Simply head over to each of their website and get in touch with them!

What are the requirements for being a startup in StartUp Bahrain?

We look for tech-enabled startups! Your business concept should not have any geographical limitations and has a scalable business model!

Here are the requirements for being part of StartUp Bahrain:

  1. Offer innovative or reiterative solutions to new or existing problems.
  2. Is built on a scalable, fast-growth, business model, established within less than 3 years within the Kingdom of Bahrain
  3. Has the ability to sustain high-risk, extreme uncertainty, and loss through its growth
  4. Be self-funded, funded through investors, or corporate funding.
  5. Has the ability to expand, operate, or offer its solutions out of Bahrain.
  6. Contains a technology element that caters to its fast growth.

What are the benefits of being part of the community?

Well, you get to have access to potential investors, mentors, key business figures, incubators, accelerators and more! The exposure is immense and that’s something to look out for your startup.

Does StartUp Bahrain support only technology startups?

Each entity has its own policies in terms of who they support. To access the entities head over to the ‘How can I find and get in touch with investors and/or government funding for my startup?’ and ‘What are the different incubators and accelerators in Bahrain and how can I apply’ question.

What does Startup Bahrain provide in terms of support?

StartUp Bahrain is your way to get in touch with local investors, mentors, key business figures, incubators, accelerators and more through a series of events and the StartUp Bahrain ecosystem!

What size should my startup be to be part of StartUp Bahrain?

Please refer back to the ‘What are the requirements for being part of StartUp Bahrain’ question for more details.

Can StartUp Bahrain help me launch my startup?

StartUp Bahrain is your hotspot to gain access to entities that are more than happy to help launch your startup. Kindly refer back to the ‘How can I find and get in touch with investors and/or government funding for my startup?’ and ‘What are the different incubators and accelerators in Bahrain and how can I apply’ question for more information.

How can I partner with StartUp Bahrain?

We are excited to have you! Just send us your details on jenan@startupbahrain.com and we will get back to you!

Funding

What are my funding options as a startup in StartUp Bahrain?

We get tons of people asking this question! And we’ve got the answer; Head over to these local and global organizations for funding opportunities:

Local funding opportunities:

  1. BDB-Al Waha Fund
  2. C5 Capital
  3. Tamkeen
  4. Tenmou
  5. Seed fuel (Rowad)
  6. Angivest Ventures

Regional and global funding opportunities:

  1. Raed Ventures
  2. Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship (Wa’ed)
  3. Vision Ventures
  4. Inspire Ventures
  5. Social Capital
  6. 500 Startups

Can StartUp Bahrain fund my startup?

StartUp Bahrain is a community initiative, for funding opportunities, please refer back to ‘How can I get Funding for my startup in Bahrain’ question.

What are the requirements for being a startup in StartUp Bahrain?

We look for tech-enabled startups! Your business concept should not have any geographical limitations and has a scalable business model!

Here are the requirements for being part of StartUp Bahrain:

  1. Offer innovative or reiterative solutions to new or existing problems.
  2. Is built on a scalable, fast-growth, business model, established within less than 3 years within the Kingdom of Bahrain
  3. Has the ability to sustain high-risk, extreme uncertainty, and loss through its growth
  4. Be self-funded, funded through investors, or corporate funding.
  5. Has the ability to expand, operate, or offer its solutions out of Bahrain.
  6. Contains a technology element that caters to its fast growth.

Does StartUp Bahrain support only technology startups?

Each entity has its own policies in terms of who they support. To access the entities head over to the ‘How can I find and get in touch with investors and/or government funding for my startup?’ and ‘What are the different incubators and accelerators in Bahrain and how can I apply’ question.

What size should my startup be to be part of StartUp Bahrain?

Please refer back to the ‘What are the requirements for being part of StartUp Bahrain’ question for more details.

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