By Tamara Pupic
Bahrain Microsoft has lectured young Bahrainis on how to access productivity and technology tools to grow their businesses.
Microsoft Bahrain has concluded its first training course for the kingdom’s aspiring entrepreneurs on how to launch, lead and scale-up micro and small businesses.
Build Your Business (BYB), Microsoft Bahrain’s initiative launched in collaboration with Bahrain Technology Companies (BTECH) society and Tamkeen, was open for entrepreneurs from all industries and covered topics ranging from market research to business ethics.
Around 20 young Bahraini government officials took part in the ‘Train the Trainers’ session which aimed to train them on how to assist the growing number of SMEs and entrepreneurs in the kingdom.
BYB is a global initiative of Microsoft and International Youth Foundation, developed in 2010.
Designed for aspiring entrepreneurs ages 16 to 35 living in urban and rural communities, the course offers an interactive approach by using games, exercises, and videos to explain complex business skills in three languages - English, French, and Arabic.
It is currently used by 185 organisations from 20 countries throughout Africa and the Middle East, which have trained 350 facilitators and taught 4,000 young people.
Commenting on the event in Bahrain, Sherif Tawfik, regional country manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Oman, said: “We understand the vital role small businesses play in growing our local economy in Bahrain and helping it thrive.
“We have a long-standing commitment to helping youth in Bahrain realise their full potential. The Build Your Business programme aims to empower entrepreneurs and start-ups with tools and the know-how to develop their ideas, build and sustain their businesses and eventually play a positive role in boosting the