Looking Ahead: 2018 and Beyond

Looking forward, the future is undoubtedly full of promise for startups in Bahrain with the momentum gained during 2017 carrying into a new calendar year. The growth in the number of startups launching in the region is expected to continue, in parallel to the rising number of accelerators and incubators emerging in the Kingdom. Moreover, the SME Development Board is expected to play an integral role in ensuring progress does continue, and looking ahead, we are in no doubt that it will.

The StartUp Bahrain Week 2018, which will occur in March, will undoubtedly be an influential period in the startup calendar. Here, Bahrain EDB, as a member of the StartUp Bahrain community, will stand alongside over 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and corporate partners for the first ‘Unbound’ festival on March 7 and 8. The event aims to educate attendees on the latest trends supporting the transformation towards a digital economy while exploring how to nurture innovation and the role of government in leading innovation. The event will also host a Women Founders Startups Challenge to encourage more businesswomen to turn their ideas into profit.

Much knowledge will be shared and many connections will be made during the StartUp Bahrain Week, yet 2018 presents plenty more to the Kingdom’s entrepreneurs, with the plethora of events, training, and workshops providing ample opportunities to grow and prosper.

Notable StartUp events that will take place in Bahrain during 2018:

Month Event
Mar StartUp Bahrain Week: Game Jam, Rowad Talk, CH9 Seminar, Follow the Leaders and Unbound
Apr Falak Unreasonable Thinking Summit
Sep Tenmou Angel Investors Summit
Sep Seedstars GCC
Oct Tech Week: AWS Summit & Innovation Forum MIT, Startup Weekend
Dec Seedstars MENA