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next level, get perked.

Exclusive perks from and for the community, from offers to credits, here’s to having an edge, growing your startup and make life just a little bit sweeter.

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Process

Applying for a perk is easy, here are the steps to get access to exclusive perks from StartUp Bahrain:

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Apply using the buttons on this page and fill in the form accurately, once per perk. Applying does not guarantee approval as each perk has its own specific eligibility criteria.

Review

Each application will be reviewed within 5-7 working days. Your application status will be emailed to you with further instructions and information.

Avail

In your approval email, there will be instructions to avail the perk. Some perks may require additional steps to avail based on the providers’ requirements.

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Strategic Perks

Thanks to our strong strategic partnerships in Bahrain and around the world, we’re able to fuel the growth of your startup. Being a StartUp Bahrain startup, you simply get more.

AWS Activate

Amazon Web Services provides startups with the low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow. With the AWS Activate program through StartUp Bahrain, startups in Bahrain get access to the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS – including credits (up to $10,000), training, special offers, exclusive content, and support.

AWS Promotional Credits expiration dates are based on your program start date or the date you received investment, regardless of when you actually submit the application, so please apply promptly. Companies may not be eligible for AWS Promotional Credits if they previously received a similar or greater amount of credit.

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Add-on Perks

As a part of our collaboration, StartUp Bahrain’s have access to AWS Activate’s exclusive perks worth up to $400,000, from Zendesk, DataDog, HubSpot, to Airtable, deel, Intercome, and many more. These offers include discounts, free trial periods, credits, and other startup-friendly perks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the criteria to apply for AWS Activate?

Your startup must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be Series A or earlier. Startups can be unfunded or funded, up to and including pre-seed, angel, seed, debt finance, and series A only.
  • Must be founded within the last 10 years. Startups that were founded more than 10 years ago are not eligible for Activate.
  • Must have an active AWS account. If a startup does not yet have an AWS account, they can open one for free here.
  • Must have an Organization ID. Your startup needs to have access to StartUp Bahrain’s unique OrgID in your application.

What’s the full list of add-on perks we could get through AWS Activate?

All eligible startups will have access to exclusive offers which can be found in the Activate Console once you’re approved and logged in.

  • 90%~ off HubSpot for 1 year
  • $2,000 in Airtable credits
  • Free Auth0 for 1 year
  • $50,000 in Twilio Segment credits
  • $1,000 in Notion credits
  • $5,000 in MongoDB credits
  • Up to $100,000 in Datadog credits
  • 30% off Slack for the first year
  • 6 months free of Zendesk Suite and Zendesk Sales CRM
  • Up to $120,000 in Logz.io credits
  • 50% off Pipedrive for 1 year
  • $1,200 in Retool credits for 1 year
  • $1,000 in Miro credits
  • $10,000 in Freshworks credits
  • Up to 90% off Dropbox DocSend
  • Up to 50% off annual HelloSign Essentials
  • 40% off annual subscription of specific Dropbox plans
  • 20% off Apollo.io plans
  • Free Intercom for 1 year, 50% off 2nd year, 20% off forever
  • $10,000 in Mux credits
  • 20% off annual contracts of Front for 1 year
  • …and many more.

These perks could change over time at the discretion of AWS Activate and the respective companies behind them.

What email address should I use in the application?

Startups applying to AWS Activate need to use the same email address used to create their AWS account. If a startup does not yet have an AWS account, they can open one for free here.

My credits are nearing expiry. It is possible to get an extension on the credit expiration date?

We are unable to offer credit extensions. We encourage startups to only redeem an Activate Portfolio offer once they have confidence they’ll be able to utilize it within the expiration window.

What’s the application process for AWS Activate?

Nothing crazy really, it consists of a few steps that take about 7-10 working days once you apply. The high-level overview of the process include the following:

  1. Fill up the first application. First, you apply using the application form on this page.
  2. Your application is reviewed. Your application gets reviewed against the criteria set by AWS Activate.
  3. Fill up the final application. Once approved, you get another email with additional instructions and a final application form to fill out.
  4. Receive confirmation email. StartUp Bahrain receives an email to confirm your final application.
  5. Receive credits. Startup receives a welcome email from Activate, and credits are applied to the startup’s account.

I’m having trouble understanding your credits system. Can you explain how it works?

Since AWS introduced Activate many years ago, they’ve learned that most startups benefit from larger credit rewards when they are further along in their journey, as early-stage startups that receive their first credits from the start are often not positioned to utilize the full award before their credits expire. Therefore, the Activate team assigns StartUp Bahrain with AWS credit amounts deemed most appropriate for the stage of startups they predominantly have.

This structure maximizes the time startups have to access free AWS resources and ensures they’re able to incrementally receive access to more credits as they grow until the $100K lifetime maximum is reached. For example, if a startup redeems $100K in AWS credits but only utilizes $15K by the one-year expiration deadline, the startup is not eligible for additional Activate Portfolio offers.

How can startups get access to additional credits after they’ve redeemed an AWS Activate Portfolio offer?

Startups are able to apply for more than one Activate Portfolio offer as long as they do not have an existing application still processing. To apply for Activate Portfolio again, startups must 1) be associated with StartUp Bahrain, 2) have not yet reached the $100K credit lifetime maximum, and 3) still meet the eligibility requirements of the program.

If startups are unsure of how many credits they have received in the past, they can check their credit history in the Activate Console.

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Zoho One

Zoho provides startups within StartUp Bahrain with Zoho wallet credits worth $2,000 to purchase from 45+ integrated web and mobile applications to run their entire business in the cloud. Startups can manage their sales, marketing, finance, HR, back-end operations, process automation, and much more with their easy-to-use, all-in-one solution.

Zoho is a global technology company that offers the most comprehensive suite of business software applications to grow your business. More than 50 million users around the world, across hundreds of thousands of companies, rely on Zoho's tools every day to manage their businesses.

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Freshworks

Boost your startup journey with leading customer and employee engagement solutions from Freshworks. StartUp Bahrain startups get the chance at $4,000 in credits on the Freshworks suite of products! This includes CRM, LiveChat, support, marketing automation, ITSM, and HRMS within one year of account activation. As well as, priority access to Freshworks startup program including, mentors, events, resources, workshops, and much more.

Freshworks is one of the fastest-growing unicorns backed by Google Capital, Accel, Sequoia, and Tiger Global. The company's cloud-based suite is used by over 250,000 businesses around the world.

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Information

Don’t forget to check out the other pages on StartUp Bahrain. Learn more about who’s who in the ecosystem, get to know the funding opportunities, get your startup an awesome perk, and learn why Bahrain is the perfect launchpad. We love to hear your feedback on StartUp Bahrain, don’t forget to share!

Careers

StartUp Bahrain is always on the lookout for awesome and skilled individuals to help represent the ecosystem, Bahrain, and more importantly, #TeamBahrain. Check out the questions on this page for more information on how to apply.

Community Perks

Sometimes, you need a little more. Get access to discounts, offers, special, and exclusive perks to help you work better, grow faster, and worry less.

A 25% discount to help you accelerate the development of clickable prototypes, no-code beta products or MVPs.

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An exclusive package for startups that sign for a fixed desk + CR offer and receive 1 free hot desk membership.

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Lead generation experts HyperGrowth are offering the community 1 month free lead generation for StartUp Bahrain startups.

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Access 15% discount and enable your startup to create your own online stores to sell online and offline.

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Free credits to enable you to quickly add text chat, voice and video calling to your websites and mobile apps.

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Brinc is offering a 15% discount on all co-working facilities for new StartUp Bahrain startup sign-ups.

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A 2-hour mentorship session for startups to gain invaluable insights and guidance from industry experts.

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The Collective Hub offers an exclusive 30% discount on their Hot Desks for the StartUp Bahrain startups.

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An exclusive 50% off for six months on eKYC / Identity Verifications for StartUp Bahrain community members.

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Outsourced admin and HR support for startups going through a growth phase with a 15% discount.

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Exclusive trial shipment solution with below market rates on shipments including land, sea and air transportations.

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Exclusive offers and discounted fees with no monthly or set up fees for payment gateway services and e-invoicing.

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Access reliable and accurate data for global market opportunities with Export Bahrain's Market Intelligence report.

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Exclusive package of a 0% fee for agencies and freelancers on Codot's platform when hired for the first 3 projects.

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Free mentorship to FinTech startups in specific areas such as MVP product design and development, and more.

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The startup community can enjoy a 10% discount on any 3 projects when hiring freelancers on Codot.

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Exclusive 20% discount on a dedicated desk + CR Address to StartUp Bahrain's community members.

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Enjoy a 10% discount on Space 340's 6 month incubator program for StartUp Bahrain's community members.

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All startups can enjoy a 3 complimentary full-day access in Bahrain FinTech Bay's dynamic environment.

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Save big with Space 340's exclusive 20% discount on their 1 year incubator program.

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Diwan is offering a monthly flex membership of BHD 50 for StartUp Bahrain's entrepreneurs.

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A complimentary 25 minute health & wellness assessment with a certified Nutrition expert for startup entrepreneurs.

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Nurture your well-being with Saaya Health's 25% discount on transformative mental & nutritional health workshops.

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An exclusive %15 discount on any product and service offered within Offensify Cyber Security Marketplace for StartUp Bahrain members.

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A 20% off on a full wellbeing subscription on Saaya Health, unlimited access to online counselors, training, and activities!

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Ecosystem startups can enjoy a one week complimentary full-day access in Reboot’s dynamic campus.

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Exciting savings with a 15% discount on Parcel Delivery top-up packages, and free website to elevate your startup!

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Enjoy an energizing morning or night with a 20% discount on all the Early Riser's delicious products!

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Exclusive 50% off on the Starter Design Package with Stories Studio for unlimited monthly designs.

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Get an awesome one month free trial to all StartUp Bahrain's community members on Doobi Pro.

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Exclusive sessions with Reboot’s Head of Tech to discuss tech requirements and possible solutions.

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WeGro is offering 30% discount on their branding package exclusively for StartUp Bahrain community members.

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A 50% discount on SimpliFi's program setup fees for startups wanting to launch their own Prepaid Card programs.

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Get an exclusive 20% discount on bookings through the Palm Stays platform for StartUp Bahrain community members.

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Enjoy a 50% discount on annual office fees when setting up your operations at Kickstart Bahrain's co-working space.

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Exclusive 44% off on the Growth Package with Stories Studio for unlimited monthly designs.

A unique 25% extra credit offer from Faceki on AML/PEP Screening & Compliance services.

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Faceki offers 25% discount for one year on KYB / Business Verifications to StartUp Bahrain's community members.

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Get a 20% discount on any annual plans for folk CRM using an exclusive promo code for our community members.

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Get a free consultation session from WeGro to scale up using the Exponential Organizations method and canvas.

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A 25% discount for one year on Faceki's Biometric Authentication (Password-less Login).

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An exclusive 25% discount on DillX’s platform for all their solutions and services for StartUp Bahrain's members.

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Our community members get an exclusive freemium access to Playbook's resources for one year.

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