New scheme for start-ups in Bahrain

Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry has developed a new start-up scheme for ICT graduates.
New scheme for start-ups in Bahrain
By Tamara Pupic
Mon 03 Nov 2014 04:58 PM

A new accelerator programme for ICT graduates in Bahrain is due to launch.

The two-month long programme will begin on 1 December, and aims to support participants in developing their business ideas.

The first edition of the 'Start-up Boot Camp', which is organised by Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (BCCI) Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development and Support Centre, is open only for people who are unemployed and have a certificate in ICT.

The programme consists of five stages starting with the selection of 25 participants to providing them with professional trainings, coaching and mentoring by the chamber’s members.

In the last two stages, it will facilitate selected start-ups in obtaining finance for their projects and finally a commercial registration (CR).

Nabeel Al Mahmood, chief executive at BCCI, said: "We want to help the newcomers by putting them on the right track where they can convert their unique ideas to an actual business that they can make a living from.”

Hussain Ali Janahi, counsellor at BCCI’s SMEs Development and Support Centre, added: "This is a business accelerator and a platform with a special area for the participants, whereas other programmes have a competition nature and they end by announcing the winners without helping them make use of their projects.

"We chose a special focus for this edition, which is ICT, and every edition will have a different highlight as we want to be able to choose the right mentors for them so as to get as much benefit as possible.”

Online registration forms will be available on www.sme.bh.

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