Overview

Startup Workshops 2 is a series of free practical workshops by Startup MGZN for Bahraini women looking to start their own business or learn new skills and knowledge to take their business to the next level.

The project is funded by the U.S. Government and is made possible through strategic partnerships with Tamkeen, Zain Bahrain, Manama Shapers, Obai & Hill & Majra.

This program is for Bahraini women only.

Awareness

Building public awareness about women entrepreneurs, highlighting role models, and promoting success stories.

Workshops & Mentorship

Practical workshops & mentorship sessions for Bahraini women, building capacity and knowledge.

Networking & Huddles

Several networking events and huddles open to the public to build a network, be inspired, learn from failures, and more.

Key Highlights

Practical workshops.
Right in Bahrain.
For Bahraini women.
Raising awareness.
Expert instructors.
Guest speakers.
Internship offerings.
Priceless mentorship.
Corporate support.
Casual gatherings.
Insightful huddles.
For you, for free.

Funding

Strategic Partners

Upcoming

The upcoming agenda for the program, including workshops, casual gatherings, panel discussions, and huddles.

Due to COVID-19 and in order to keep you safe, our upcoming workshops and events will be held virtually.

Workshops & Gatherings

February & July 2020
How to build & manage a business in Bahrain.
by Sinan Khatib & Zahraa Taher

Learn everything you need to know about launching a business in Bahrain, from building your soft skills to navigating the registration process, to validating your idea.

May & July 2020
How to build a technology startup in Bahrain.
by Yazin Alirhayim & Yasser Hadi

Learn what “tech” entails in a “tech startup”. Why would you build one? How is it different than a traditional business? In-depth insights from expert practitioners and all your questions answered.

June & August 2020
How to grow your Bahraini business using technology.
by Ehsan Al-Kooheji & Ahmed Haji

Leverage technology to take your business to the next level, from websites to domains to your CRM, and more. Be different in how you run your business and gain an advantage.

September, October & November 2020
Gatherings & Panels

Build bridges with like-minded individuals who share your drive of starting and growing a business in a casual setting. Gain firsthand knowledge from real-life female entrepreneurs in panel discussions.

September & October 2020
Startup Huddles

Pitch and showcase your business idea at the Huddle, learn and get constructive feedback and deep insights from industry experts who’ve been through it all who’ll take your startup to the next level and beyond.

Registration to each of the events will take place on this page and be open a couple of weeks before each of the events or workshops. Make sure to sign up to our mailing list to receive invitations and announcements.

September 15-16 2020
How to build & manage a business in Bahrain.
by Zahraa Taher

You’ll be excited to know that for this virtual workshop, your facilitator will be Zahraa Taher. Zahraa is a communications and events strategist with nearly 20 years of experience – so you know you’ll be able to build a long lasting successful business! Before going on to establish EVENTSCOM, she began her career in Arab Insurance Group (ARIG), and then co-founded FinMark Communications, a specialist business and financial PR firm serving the Gulf and European markets.

Overview & Outline

From soft skills to learning all about the registration process, to validating your idea, you’ll learn everything you need to know about launching a business in Bahrain in this virtual workshop. Here’s what to expect:

  • Question the basic assumptions about starting your own business.
  • Be introduced to the actual realities of operating a business.
  • Planning, market research, validating ideas, developing concepts.
  • Identifying a target market and understanding your customers.
  • Doing the official paperwork, naming, registration, and more.
  • Get to know the different possible funding options and drawbacks.
  • Know what programs, grants, subsidies, are available to you.
  • Tips & tricks on navigating bureaucracy, official processes, and more.

Details

Date & Time 

This is a 2-day virtual workshop on September 15-16, 2020, from 5:30 PM to 8 PM using Zoom. You’ll get a chance to interact with other users and the instructor during the workshop.

Virtual Mentorship & Internships

1-on-1 mentorship with the instructor will be available. As well as internships offered by partner organizations. Details to be shared during the workshop.

Guest Speakers

There may be guest speakers passing by to share deeper insights, practical case studies, & relevant programs and services useful to you.

Registration

We may need to contact you if there are any last minute changes to the workshops or events. You are free to turn your camera on. We may take screenshots of the virtual workshop for promotional purposes.

This program is for Bahraini women only.

September 15 2020
How can women be better represented in tech in Bahrain.
A panel discussion on female representation in the tech scene.

The world is moving to a digital direction, especially now that we’ve seen the importance of technology in our every day lives during these times. Bahrain is no different.

But are women getting left behind? Is there ample support for women in tech in Bahrain to thrive? Are women well represented? 

For our first #startupmornings in the Startup Workshops 2 series, we’re going to sit down with three impressive women in the tech space here in Bahrain to discuss ‘How can women be better represented in tech in Bahrain’.

A panel discussion with Najma Ghuloom Co-Founder of Majra, Latifa Alkhalifa Co-Founder & CEO of Clever Play, & Noof Abdulla Co-Founder of Regnum Studio. Moderated by Shaima Aseeri from Zain Bahrain.

Overview & Outline

Book your calendars for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 2:00 PM and hear from Najma Ghuloom, Latifa Alkhalifa, & Noof Abdulla, as they talk about their experience launching their business in the tech scene in Bahrain, their challenges, the support they’ve received, and more. 

This #startupmornings will be moderated by the ever-supportive Shaima Aseeri, Corporations Sustainability Expert at Zain Bahrain. Zain Bahrain is not shy in its efforts to support entrepreneurs and women in tech.

Details

Date & Time 

This is a 2-day virtual workshop on September 15, 2020, at 2:00 PM using Zoom. You’ll get a chance to hear from some incredible women in the tech scene, ask questions you may have, and network.

Guest Speakers

There may be guest speakers to share deeper insights, practical case studies, & relevant programs and services useful to you.

Registration

We may need to contact you if there are any last-minute changes to the events. You are free to turn your camera on. We may take screenshots of the virtual events for promotional purposes.

February 23-24 2020
How to build & manage a business in Bahrain.
by Sinan Khatib

A serial entrepreneur who’s built many business, including Noodle Wok, Burrito Loco, & Sandwich Guys. Broad expertise, a Psychoanalytic Theory major (University of Toronto), attorney at SDMA, to a VP at Thomas Weisel Partners, he’s now running a manpower business that staffs the biggest startups in the region.

May 18-19 2020
How to build a technology startup in Bahrain.
by Yazin Alirhayim

Yazin is the founder of Amal AI, an app that automatically tracks your spending. He was previously VP, Payments at Souq — which he joined through the acquisition of White Payments, a credit card processing company he began in 2015. He is a Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Bahrain.

June 15-16 2020
How to grow your Bahraini business using technology.
by Ehsan Al-Kooheji

Ehsan is the General Manager at Kooheji Systems and is an outspoken technology & business enthusiast. He’s worked with many reputable organizations including the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Central Bank of Bahrain, Ministry of Youth & Sports Affairs, and many more.

July 21-22 2020
How build a technology startup in Bahrain.
by Yasser Abdulaziz

For this virtual workshop, your instructor will be Yasser Abdulaziz. Yasser is the Co-Founder and CEO of Malaeb App, a sports community app that connects people through sports. Malaeb is currently operating in 5 countries all over the GCC. Before he started Malaeb, Yasser was working at Unilever as part of the finance team for 3 years; after graduating with an Accounting and Finance degree from the University of Wales.

August 18-19 2020
How grow your Bahraini business using technology.
by Ahmed Haji

For this virtual workshop, your instructor will be Ahmed Haji. An expert in web development and technology, Ahmed currently works as the Head of Business Solutions at Bahrain’s leading bank, the National Bank of Bahrain. Prior to that, he had been working as a System Specialist at the same bank, after being an Information System Specialist at Batelco. Ahmed is a Computer Science graduate from the University of Bahrain.

Reviews

Here’s what some of the previous attendees of these workshops had to say! Definitely don’t take our word for it, read what they have to say.

"This workshop was fantastic, cannot hype it enough, gained an enormous amount of knowledge thanks to you!"

Zainab, Student

“I really enjoyed the workshop and I learned massive information that I have not heard before.”

Fatima, Freelance Translator

“Found this workshop incredibly informative in understanding the ABCs of starting a business. Information is equally important for the consumer as for the seller!”

Sara, English Language & Literature Student

“Very beneficial workshop I learned exactly what I am looking for from Sinan, looking forward to joining more workshops!”

Hawraa, Motion Graphic Designer & Social Content Creator

“I surely did enjoy and benefit from the workshop. It was a great opportunity that came right in time!”

Ghadeer, Human Resources Professional

“This workshop is really helpful, I enjoyed every moment. I got inspired by everyone here to start to think about a good business idea!”

Leena, Banking & Finance Student

“I think this is one of the most interesting workshops for anyone who wants to start their own business. I enjoyed it very much, and I would definitely recommend it!”

Zainab, English Trainer

“I enjoyed the workshop, I learned many things, every information was helpful!”

Lama, Accounting Student

“Been thinking about starting my own business, but had no idea how to do so. This workshop came in perfect timing, I immediately signed up.”

Reem, English Teacher

“I want to start my own business once I graduate, I found the workshop so helpful, everyone here was so cooperative, and it’s great networking!”

Mariam, Student

“Thanks a ton to Yazin, and the organizers, and participants. Catch you in the upcoming workshop!”

Hadil, PR Officer

“Thank you for organizing this informative workshop, I learned a lot and gained insight on the startup community.”

Sarah, Student

“I really learned and enjoyed this workshop. Thank you so much! I'll make sure to join the next one.”

Fatima, Home business owner

“I really learned and enjoyed this workshop. Thank you so much! I'll make sure to join the next one.”

Maryam, Student