Startup Weekend Bahrain

    Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bahrain

Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017

Thursday, November 16 - 18, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Malja Bahrain
Amwaj Ave
Bahrain, Bahrain

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No Talk. All Action. Build a startup in 54 hours!

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend.
The weekend brings together people with different skill sets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Projects pitched should be within the field of ICT and e-business.


Thursday November 16th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:35 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Friday November 17th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:15 pm
Pitch Practice Workshop
15 minutes how-to pitch practice workshop with Ahmed Alrawi, co-founder of Malaeb App.

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm

3:00 pm
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

5:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

7:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm


Ali Mohsen
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at WNNA

CEO & Co-founder of WNNA a Microsoft Alumni, Technologist, Digital Marketing Expert & Serial Entrepreneur with 17 years of experience in starting online businesses. Established and participated in running multiple tech startups across different industries: Enterprise (SAAS), Consumer, e-Commerce & Artificial Intelligence.

Event Judges

Ali Mahmood
Deputy CEO at Tenmou - The Bahrain Business Angels Holding Company

Ali Mahmood is head of legal and finance and deputy CEO at Tenmou for the past 5 years. Ali handles Financial Control, Management, Budgeting, along with assisting high potential entrepreneurs in setting up their own business and providing financial mentorship within Tenmou's portfolio companies.

Sheikh Abdulla K. Al Khalifa
Director Corporate Communications & Investor Relations at Zain Bahrain

Shaikh Abdulla is Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at Zain Bahrain. He also oversees the company’s Corporate Sustainability initiatives. With more than 15 years of experience in Telecoms and IT, Shaikh Abdulla has held key positions covering strategy, communications, finance, technical, legal and compliance aspects of the field. Before joining Zain, he was Executive Director for Technology & Innovation at the University College of Bahrain where he mainly focused on transforming the university into a 21st century academic institution.   Prior to joining the university, Shaikh Abdulla was co-founder of Lightspeed Communications, a Bahrain-based telecoms start-up focusing on broadband and VoIP services. He successfully managed in launching the Kingdom’s first dual-play voice and internet service back in 2007. He also successfully partnered with Jordan Telecom, which acquired 51% of the start-up company, thereby becoming an affiliate of a multinational telecoms corporation, France Telecom Group.   Prior to starting up the telecoms company, Shaikh Abdulla started his career working at Batelco as a Regulatory and Compliance Specialist. He gained his knowledge and experience in the regulatory and compliance field at the time when the telecoms market just started to fully liberalise back in 2002.   Shaikh Abdulla holds an Executive MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

Khalid Alalawi
Enterprise & Advisory Relations - Customer Engagement & Support Department at Tamkeen

Khaled Alalawi is a holder of a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Brighton, and a Masters degree of Mass Communications & Public Relations from Ahlia University in Bahrain. Khaled is currently working on obtaining a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) focusing on the impact of “Business Mentoring” in the growth of startups in the Kingdom of Bahrain at Teesside University.   With almost 8+ years’ experience in the fields of ICT, Automotive & Education, Khaled currently works for Tamkeen – a semi government organization tasked with supporting Bahrain’s private sector and positioning it as the key driver of economic development – as a Senior Advisor looking after Tamkeen’s advisory services, which is a platform that connects people to experiences and knowledge that enable them to fulfill their potential, and shape their future. Khaled is also an executive coach certified by ILM specialized in entrepreneurship coaching for both individuals and businesses.   Khaled is an enthusiastic professional, proven leadership abilities in working as a team, handling multiple tasks, great adaptability to any enterprise's environment. Keen on designing and working on projects. Hardworking and resourceful, enjoys a challenge and meeting targets, combined with prioritizing a substantial workload.

Pakiza Abdulrahman
Manager, Business Developments at Bahrain Economic Development Board

Pakiza joined the EDB in 2017 in the capacity of Manager for the Startups. She is considered the Project leader for the @StartUpBahrain, working closely with the digital startups & collaborating with community stakeholders within the private & public sector to establish Bahrain as a global startup hub for the MENA region.

With 14 years experience in the telecom sector, Pakiza has lead the Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility department,  responsible for the company’s strategic programs for community development, youth empowerment and environmental stewardship
Out of her formal role at the EDB,  Pakiza is a Foodie – she is the founder of @PacosTacosBH a home food concept for Mexican Food since 2013. She enjoys playing table tennis & volunteers with INJAZ, AYADI, AIESEC.

Coaches and Mentors

Yonis Attiya
Founder & Creative Director at Limefish Design

Freethinker Bahraini creative director, founder of Limefish Design Studio, with his design and video production experience for more than 10 years his studio is dedicated to help startups to create better visual brand identities and marketing materials. Yonis has a degree in Civil Engineering, Visual Design degree and he is also an Adobe Certified Expert.

Ali Mohsen
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at WNNA

CEO & Co-founder of WNNA a Microsoft Alumni, Technologist, Digital Marketing Expert & Serial Entrepreneur with 17 years of experience in starting online businesses. Established and participated in running multiple tech startups across different industries: Enterprise (SAAS), Consumer, e-Commerce & Artificial Intelligence.

Moyez Kassam
Managing Director at Growth Alliance

Moyez is an accomplished management executive, entrepreneur, and consultant with diverse experience in formulating innovative solutions to complex challenges.

As an entrepreneur, Moyez has founded, co-founded, developed and managed start-ups in the GCC and South America that provided technology-based solutions and consulting services. He was the founder of 21stCentury Skills, a pioneer in bringing technology-assisted learning to the Arabian Gulf regions. He also co-founded two Satellite-based telecommunications ventures, one of which, has evolved into a highly successful nation-wide wireless telecoms operator.

As a mentor, Moyez is actively involved with helping and inspiring Bahraini entrepreneurs in starting and developing their businesses by sharing his diverse experiences, knowledge, and wisdom.  

Nadia Muijrers
Founder of Alphard Consulting

Nadia is an independent management consultant and lecturer at the Arab Open University, specializing in organizational behavior and change, conflict resolution, consumer insight, and social innovation and entrepreneurship. She is fascinated by interpersonal and cross-cultural dynamics, and has a passion for tackling people-centered problems in organizations and in society.

Nadia’s expertise lies at the intersection of business and the social sciences. Prior to her current roles as consultant and lecturer, her work experience included working as an organizational change consultant with SHM Productions in London, as well as investment banking and business advisory roles at EY, Arab Banking Corporation, Samena Capital, and as a freelance consultant and trainer in Bahrain.

She completed her MBA as a Fulbright Scholar in the US specializing in Culture, Organizations and Social Innovation. She also holds an MPhil in International Development from the University of Cambridge, and a BSc in Economics and Political Science from the University of Birmingham.

In her spare time, Nadia volunteers as a facilitator with Soliya’s Connect Program, an online cross-cultural dialogue and education program for university students. She is also a volunteer with Injaz Bahrain where she trains university students in work readiness skills, including collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and conflict management skills.

Hussain Haji
Co-Founder & CEO of Inagrab

Serial entrepreneur, established change agent & Bahraini founder of several startups most recently Inagrab, with over 10 years of experience in Business development, Marketing, and unconditional love for technology, Hussain is a advocate for the startup ecosystem in Bahrain, and loves everything startup ! Currently running a globally scalable business called inagrab which allows the online shopper to make the most valid decision in the shortest possible time while shopping for products or services online. 

Yasin Aboudaoud
Chief Development Officer in Brinc

Yasin Aboudaoud is a Hong Kong born entrepreneur who has been in the global trading business for over 12 years. While co founding Ecico Group he has been able to implement projects and distribution to major companies from the Middle East, Europe and South America. Focused on project management Yasin has lead to develop premium hotels, residential compounds and amusement parks.Yasin completed his undergrad degree at the University of Toronto in international development in 2004; he then made his way back to Asia. This gave him the global vision of A-Z solutions in market development and product distribution.  His expertise in China in the last 10 years, has allowed him to connect people with products of every kind across the globe. In addition to distribution he also entered the F&B market in China and was able to establish two locations between 2010-2012.The forefront of his successes, with technology as his passion and complete dedication as his drive, Yasin firmly believes that there is no market that can be untouched. Currently between the GCC, Hong Kong and China Yasin is very active in taking on more markets and building more products to pitch to the world.

Dunia Mudara
Marketing Manager at McDonald's Bahrain

Gleefully obsessed with marketing and branding, Dunia looks for the "selling story" potential of everything around her. Having worked with brands such as Unilever and McDonald's, she comes armed with experience in sales, product development, social media marketing, and PR in the creative, F&B, and FMCG industries across the GCC.

Mohammed Toraif
Chief Executive Officer -

5th Generation Fisherman Family, Computer Engineer and Microsoft Certified Trainer in Server Infrastructure and Cloud Technologies who believe that Technology can help all fishermen around the world. 

Hamad Ameer

Apple Addict that believes in making huge impact in the worlds through technology and Youth Creativity Award Winner 2014.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bahrain is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Seham
    Al Fersani
  • Ali
  • Zahra
    Al Abbad
  • Ali
  • Hassan
  • Aisha


Ahmed Al Rawi
CEO of Malaeb App

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Amina Naar
BD & Events Associate at Bahrain FinTech Bay

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