Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, Bahrain’s Labour Fund (Tamkeen) announced the winners in the Bahrain Awards for Entrepreneurship (B.A.E.) in its fourth edition today. 

The awards ceremony took place in Isa Cultural Center. It was MC-ed by Hisham Abulfateh, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, ministers, key officials, and entrepreneurs. All of which to grow the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among Bahrainis.

The 21 finalists were divided into five categories; 

  1. Micro Enterprise of the Year, with the nominees being Doctori, PlayWorks, TomePollom, Jaan Click Media, and Al-Rawi Media W.L.L.
  2. Startup of the Year, having CleverPlay, Eazy Financial Services, Malaeb, Tarabut Gateway, and Shepherd Design Studio Co W.L.L. as nominees.
  3. S.M.E. of the Year, with Lalabella Events, ParkPoint, Bahrain Polyforms, The Closets International, Al-Jaser Factory Company as the finalists.
  4. International Footprint of the Year, having Box It, Gulf Researcher S.P.C., Kalaam Telecom Bahrain B.S.C. as the finalists.
  5. Sustainability in Business Award, to which the nominees were All Food for Food Stuff, Azza International, Tenmou The Bahrain Business Angels.

A panel of judges with incredibly broad expertise in the entrepreneurship field of as well as investment or start-up acceleration was given the task of selecting the winners among the list of talented businesses mentioned above. The panel consisted of Sh. Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa (C.E.O. of Bahrain Bourse), Najla Al-Shirawi (C.E.O. of SICO), Hassan Jarrar (C.E.O. of Bahrain Islamic Bank), Dr. Susan E. Saxton (Founding President of the American University of Bahrain), and Baybars Altuntas (Chairman of World Business Angels Investment Forum). 

And the winners for each category are

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The award for Micro Enterprise of the Year went to Doctori. Co-founded by Ahmed Al-Awadhi and Ahmed Mahmood, Doctori is Bahrain’s first licensed telemedicine platform that connects patients with doctors all over the world.

As for Startup of the YearShepherd Design Studio Co W.L.L. took the award home. This startup is actually a multi-disciplinary design practice co-founded by Abdulla Bin Hindi, Rashed Al-Araifi, and Ahmed Al-Mannai.

Meanwhile, S.M.E. of the Year was awarded to Lalabella Events, a one-stop-shop that specializes in creating memorable event experiences, founded by Nahla Al-Mahmood.

The winner of the International Footprint of the Year was Kalaam Telecom Bahrain B.S.C., the first alternative licensed communications provider established in Bahrain, founded by Nezar Al-Saie.

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As for the final of the five categories, the Sustainability in Business Award went to All Food for Food Stuff, an importer, trader, and distributor of food items founded by Mohammed Abdulaal.

But these aren’t all of the winners!

Female Entrepreneur of the Year went to Sh. Latifa Al-Khalifa, C.E.O., and Co-founder of CleverPlay. And the Lifetime Achievement Award went to H.E. Farouk Yusuf Al-Moayyed for his tremendous contributions not just in the SME sector, but in Banking and Finance as well.

One additional award was given out this year; Global Enterprise of the Year which was awarded to Roaya Al-Saleh for Villa Mamas.

We congratulate all the winners, as well as the rest of the finalists, for merely reaching this far and being nominated. You all are the driving wheel behind our country’s innovation in entrepreneurship.

Until next year!

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