The Youth Pioneer Society concluded last Saturday February 27th, the first phase of its entrepreneurship program ‘Chance 2016’.
The first phase included 33 participants who attended a series of the workshops related to the basics of entrepreneurship, market research, business planning, and business presentation skills. The phase then concluded with 23 participants (out of 33) being qualified to present the findings of market research relevant to their business projects, in front of a judging jury. Held at Zain Bahrain Tower, the jury consisted of professional experts, including Mr. Khaled Salem, Founding Partner of Emdadat Ltd, Mr. Essam Hammad, Enterprise Engagement Manager in Tamkeen, and Mr. Saleh Shakir, Tutor at the College of Business Administration in Bahrain Polytechnic.
PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET VARIOUS YOUNG BAHRAINI ENTREPRENEURS WHO WILL SHARE WITH THEM THEIR STARTUP AND SUCCESS STORIES.
Qualified participants will proceed to the second phase of the program, which will end by mid-May 2016, where they will be introduced to the supporting entities of entrepreneurship in Bahrain. They will also learn, through a series of workshops, the principles of marketing, financial management, business branding, and marketing strategy. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to meet various young Bahraini entrepreneurs who will share with them their startup and success stories. Participants will then move to the third and final phase of the program, where they will participate in group counselling sessions followed by tailored individual sessions with a group of specialised trainers and experienced mentors. The final phase will conclude with the participants’ preparing and presenting their comprehensive business plans to be evaluated by a judging jury of seasons professionals and experts.
Amira Mahmood, the Program Director, stated: “46 young Bahrainis submitted their application to the program this year, and 33 applicants were only accepted into the program. And we are pleased that 23 participants were able to present their market research’s findings which is considered their first step towards the world of entrepreneurship.
46 YOUNG BAHRAINIS SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATION TO THE PROGRAM THIS YEAR, AND 33 APPLICANTS WERE ONLY ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM.
‘Chance 2016’ program continues its strategic partnership with Tamkeen, Bahrain Development Bank, Zain Bahrain, and Capital Knowledge in addition to new partnership with the Grant Program by the US Embassy in Bahrain. The program also has various media partnerships with Al Watan Newspaper, Gulf Daily News, Bahrain This Week, Mievento Creative Hub, Startup Bahrain, and Shabaka TV. We aim through these partnerships to strengthen the role of Youth Pioneer Society as an ideal platform that encourage the Bahraini youth to peruse their entrepreneurship dreams and ultimately develop the Bahraini society”.