Hello, and welcome to the very first post on the BB blog! This is where you will find the latest news and updates about activities and initiatives at the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub in Manama, Bahrain.
On Tuesday 3rd July 2018, the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub opened its doors for the official launch event. Over 100 esteemed guests filled every corner; from media to government officials, C-level executives from Batelco and Brinc, partners, investors, startups and many more. In addition to having some of the most recognisable names in Bahrain present, guests traveled from across the world to participate; we had attendees from Hong Kong and Barcelona, as well as neighbouring countries in the GCC. The atmosphere was vibrant; it was fantastic to see the space full of life after so many months of hard work to get it ready.
At the Brinc Batelco IoT Hub we have the purpose and mission of fostering an ecosystem to attract and develop IoT technology innovators from Bahrain and across the MENA region. We believe that by helping to develop entrepreneurs, we can deliver world-class connected hardware products for the global market and propel the next wave of economic development in Bahrain. We work together with local partners such as Tamkeen, Startup Bahrain and the EDB to build on the foundations of a fast-growing startup ecosystem.
The Brinc Batelco IoT Hub will be a birthing ground for talent; pioneers who are yearning to revolutionize the industry by building connected hardware products for global markets. It is a meeting place to create, ideate, innovate and collaborate. We have desks and offices available to rent right now, which includes a CR address!
Here, founders can work in a creative space, they can network and meet the community, they can build electronic prototypes, they can host or attend startup events and workshops, and they can learn from mentors and industry experts. We offer programs and services tailored for connected hardware startups and tech entrepreneurs looking for speed, support and expertise to build successful companies. This is an unprecedented opportunity to access mentorship, product design and development guidance, manufacturing and exposure to regional and global investors and markets.
Home to the MENA region’s first dedicated IoT accelerator, we bring the knowhow for manufacturing connected hardware products in China, access to funding through our wide network of investors and our partner Tamkeen, and business expertise from seasoned entrepreneurs who have real-world experience of building companies. MENA-based or Bahraini startups can apply for the next accelerator cohort until 25th July. Applications are open twice a year.
We have many more exciting events planned for the upcoming months… watch this space to find out more, and come to visit us soon! Our doors are always open.
Your BB IoT team