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Startup Bahrain

With an ICT market growing faster than the rest of the Gulf, Bahrain fosters the ideal environment for startups and innovative ventures.

Business opportunities

Bahrain's business environment is constantly evolving, through the simplification of processes, billions of dollars invested into infrastructure and real estate, and improved regulatory initiatives. Within this environment, the EDB also focuses on target sectors to drive investment based on areas of opportunity identified by economic markers.

Forward thinking government

Bahrain has established itself as a regional pioneer: with demonstrated commitment towards creating the conditions for business to flourish, a long history of diversification, a progressive outlook for the future.

Talented human capital

Choosing to grow your business in Bahrain means having access to a deep and diverse talent pool, financial support through government funds, competitive employment costs and more.


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Bahrain takes to the road with start-ups

January 25, 2017 ​With a tech-savvy population, superbly qualified ICT workforce, strong entrepreneurial community and ready access to accelerators, incubators and angel investors, Bahrain is firmly established as a startup hub.   Our dedicated start-up initiative – branded StartUp Bahrain – is highly active in attracting start-ups, accelerators, incubators and potential investors. It recently [...]

First PreMoney MENA investor conference discusses international investors' experiences

December 30, 2015     Manama: The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) has partnered with 500 Startups, a leading global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley, and Microsoft, on the first-ever PreMoney MENA investor event held at the Bahrain Four Seasons Hotel.   The conference focused on the most [...]

Bahrain to showcase innovation at Technology Week

Programme to focus on impact of Fintech, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing on the future of the GCCThe Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) today announced the Kingdom will host the Technology Week from 24 – 28 September 2017, designed to showcase and dissect how disruptive technologies and digital trends are revolutionising global industry and … Continued

Central Bank of Bahrain Announces Landmark Regulatory Sandbox for Fintech Startups

June 14, 2017 Manama, 14th June 2017 - The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has announced new regulations to create a regulatory sandbox that will allow startups and fintech firms to test and experiment their banking ideas and solutions. The creation of the regulatory sandbox provides an opportunity for fintech businesses around the [...]

MIT Innovation Forum promotes pan-Arab innovation

If proof were needed that Bahrain is pre-eminent in ICT across the Middle East, a special event in Manama recently provided it. MIT Enterprise Pan Arab held its first-ever Innovation Forum for the Arab world at the Four Seasons Hotel on 27th-28th September. It was hosted in partnership with the EDB and Investcorp, a leading … Continued

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