A good number of 37 startups from various parts of India participated in the week-long 2nd StartUp Bahrain Week from March 3-10.
The Indian startups represented sectors as diverse as AI, fintech, cyber security, IoT and e-commerce. The event also saw extensive participation by founders, investors, incubators and accelerators from across the region and was hosted in partnership with the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and Tamkeen.
A number of delegates from Kerala also participated at the event along side the Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Alok Kumar Sinha. These delegates were supported by the Kerala Start Up Mission, Government of Kerala and were provided a separate pavilion at Unbound Bahrain, the showpiece event of StartUp Bahrain Week.
The unprecedented interest of the Indian startup community in Bahrains startup and tech space is a testimony to the opportunities that the island Kingdom has to offer for startups from India and across the globe to grow and thrive, a view echoed by David Parker, Executive Director, Bahrain EDB.
‘’StartUp Bahrain Week 2019 was a real community effort, packed full of inspirational events for entrepreneurs and investors that will encourage innovation and growth in the startup ecosystem – not just here but across the region,’’ added Parker.
There are already strong historical links between India and Bahrain. The population of Bahrain is just 1/1000th the size of India’s, but a large proportion of Bahraini residents – roughly a third – are Indian. This has helped to create a ‘Bahrain-India Business Corridor’ which accounts for bilateral trade worth more than $1bn per year.
Overall, it was a hugely successful event and headline events included Unbound Bahrain, a two-day innovation festival which hosted over 100 influential speakers in the fields of AI, FinTech, blockchain, sustainability, investment, digital health and more.