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Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain–July 2, 2020 — Zoho Corporation, a global technology company that offers the most comprehensive suite of business applications in the industry, has entered into a strategic partnership with StartUp Bahrain, Bahrain’s national startup ecosystem and community platform.

This newly forged alliance will work to help grow and strengthen Bahrain’s startups ecosystem. This partnership will also enable startups associated with StartUp Bahrain to digitally transform their business, and even adopt remote working using Zoho’s technology. Startups can manage all their operations including sales, marketing, finance, HR, back-end operations and process automation in the cloud using Zoho’s suite of applications.

Zoho and StartUp Bahrain will also facilitate workshops and training by industry experts to help startups realize their potential using technology to grow and scale their business. The partnership also seeks to promote women entrepreneurs in the kingdom. 

Hyther Nizam, President for MEA at Zoho Corporation, said: “In the last few months, digitalization has become more important than ever for businesses  of all sizes to survive and thrive. Zoho endeavours to make this process as easy as possible for startups by providing them with all the tools they need at competitive pricing. Through our partnership with StartUp Bahrain, we aim to support the local startup ecosystem by sharing our knowledge and experience in the industry. Zoho has exciting plans for growth and expansion in Bahrain, the partnership is a part of our long-term commitment to the region.”

Commenting on this partnership, StartUp Bahrain’s Jenan Al-Mukharriq, said: “We’re really excited Zoho is joining StartUp Bahrain as a strategic partner. We believe this partnership will further help sustain and grow Bahrain’s startup ecosystem and enable more startups and SMEs to digitize and grow. This partnership is an opportunity for startups and aspiring founders to benefit from a global technology company as well as having access to the tools and services they need to transform and scale.”

Pakiza Abdulrahman, Head of Startups at Bahrain Economic Development Board, added: “Bahrain has built a world-leading digital ecosystem for startups driven by strong physical infrastructure and a robust regulatory framework. This partnership signifies the next stage of our wider digitalisation programme, and highlights the strength of our local startups which encourages leading global ICT companies like Zoho to invest in our ecosystem.”

Zoho’s products have been created on a unified technology stack, meaning they are deeply integrated and ensuring free flow of data between systems. Because of this, business owners do not have to worry about data silos, and various departments can work together as one. It also simplifies the process of digitalisation as they can find all their software needs at a single place. This significantly saves cost and time for businesses. By choosing Zoho, the startups also inherit Zoho’s strict privacy and security policies ensuring the protection of their data. 

Zoho is also offering startups $1800 worth of credits that can be used to purchase and renew any of Zoho’s 45+ business applications, including the revolutionary all-in-one suite Zoho One.

Founded in 2017 as a national platform for innovative and scalable startups, StartUp Bahrain aims to help grow and develop the ecosystem in collaboration with corporates, investors, accelerators, incubators, educational institutions, and the Bahrain government. Its partnership with Zoho will further boost the ecosystem’s goals to become one of the most prominent and actively growing ecosystems in the region.

If you’re interested to learn more about StartUp Bahrain, who’s who in the ecosystem and how you can be involved, visit startupbahrain.com, follow @startupbahrain on social media, and get in touch to learn how you can be involved.

StartUp Bahrain

StartUp Bahrain

The home of digital startups in Bahrain! StartUp Bahrain is a national movement to promote startups and entrepreneurship in Bahrain and the region.