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Why Bahrain?

With startup friendly policies to a growing pool of skilled and savvy talent, StartUp Bahrain is the perfect launchpad for your startup.

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Friendly for startups.

Leading in the region in doing business, the friendliness of doing business in Bahrain only comes second to the warmth of its people!

Set up your startup online on Sijilat, easily.
Meet founders, incubators, accelerators, and investors.
Haven for FinTech startups with Bahrain FinTech Bay.
Subsidize 100% of your cloud needs from Tamkeen.
Save 25%~ on utility costs relative to region.
Lower internet costs than region for your startup.
Lower taxes, zero corporate tax, lower rent than region.
Own & manage 100% of your startup as a foreigner.

“Bahrain is the perfect hub for startups in the region, what makes it amazing is the talent; Bahraini youth work hard and smart, and a wise leadership that works hard to put visionary plans in place.”

Amjad Puliyali, GetBaqala

Massive potential to scale.

With a vision set for 2030, government support and a sharp digital focus, be strategically located in Bahrain to scale cost-effectively into the Gulf region.

Secure funding from Al-Waha Fund of Funds.
Access local AWS datacenters right around the corner.
Scale fast by road, sea, and air to regional markets.
Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, & Kuwait, 1 hour away.
Robust Bahrain Investment Market to raise capital for growth.
Grow team from a young pool of 355m individuals in region.
Region with high internet & mobile penetration.
Enjoy 20%~ savings on operating costs.

“For international startups wanting to test their solution for the broader GCC market, Bahrain is an excellent proving ground. It’s easy to do business here, there’s a willingness to get behind innovative ideas and a vibrant business community.”

Sarah Schwab, The Experience Accelerator

Leading regulatory reform.

The Island of Two Seas has always been known as for trade and business, now it’s shifting its focus to into the digital era with leading regulations!

Find product-market fit in the CBB’s Regulatory Sandbox.
Crowdfunding options & crypto-asset regulations.
Peace of mind with the Personal Data Protection Law.
Protect minority shareholder rights in a flexible way.
Bankruptcy laws & low minimum capital requirements.
Access to government procurement, 20% allocation for SMEs.
Engage with forward-thinking cloud-first policies.
Launch without a physical address through Sijili (Virtual CR).

“Setting up in Bahrain has been the best option for us. Being a non-Bahraini, I get to completely own my business, while getting unbiased government support. We get to fulfill our dreams here, and the ecosystem supports it.”

Saba Saleem Warsi, The Stories Studio

Supportive government programs.

Spearheading regional ecosystems over 300 initiatives and programs for startups and SMEs by the Government of Bahrain entities to help your startup.

Support from numerous government entities.
Subsidize 50% of your needs, from accounting to marketing.
Subsidized participation in major global startup events.
An express 5K ($13,200~) scheme from Tamkeen.
Subsidized wages by 70%, training needs by 100%, and more.
Export Bahrain, to help you go global.
Community & government effort to solve problems.

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