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.


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.


Strategic Partners


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

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.

July, August & September 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.

July & August 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.

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.

Overview & Outline

In this virtual workshop, you’ll learn how to utilize all that technology has to offer to take and scale your Bahraini business to the next level. Learn what it takes, what’s involved, how to implement, and more. Here’s what to expect:

  • Extending your customer reach using the Internet.
  • Building a solid social media strategy.
  • Online marketing and communication basics.
  • Using contactless payments & point of sales integrations.
  • Analyzing data, security, backups, and passwords.
  • Using book keeping tools, CRM & ERP integrations.
  • Learning how to conduct online corporate training.
  • Adopting new technologies to streamline your business.
  • Introduction to cloud services and business automation tools.
  • Using internal systems and SaaS solutions.
  • Productivity and communications tools.
  • Working with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).


Date & Time 

This is a 2-day virtual workshop on June 15 & 16, 2020, from 6:30 PM to 9 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.


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.


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