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.

Workshops & Gatherings

February & May 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.

March & July 2020
How to build a technology startup in Bahrain.
by Yazin Al-Irhayim & 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.

April & 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.

March, April & August 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.

April & 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.

Overview & Outline

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. 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.

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