DXB-009707 - SCB Bahrain - Women in Tech

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Tech it to the next level

In collaboration with Standard Chartered and the Supreme Council for Women, we are thrilled to announce the SC Women in Tech Bahrain – cohort 2. The program is aimed at supporting women who are looking to grow their businesses. If you’re an owner of an existing business or a start-up or know someone who is, don’t miss this valuable opportunity.

The program will focus on 10 shortlisted female-led businesses by offering them the chance to take part in an 8-week program, where they will have access to subject matter experts. These experts will help these businesses scale up and equip them with the necessary skills to thrive in today’s business environment. Once the 8-week program is completed, the 10 shortlisted businesses will have to pitch their ideas/concepts along with their business plans to a panel of judges, who will select the top 5 winners

Applications are open for all females who own or will own a business and who are above 18 years. They can be Bahrainis or Residents of Bahrain. Men can also be part of a female-owned business, where they can support with their field of expertise ie design, technology, etc. The main condition is that the business has to be female-led.

All applications, networking, training, and mentoring will take place online, as we fully embrace the power of technology and especially given the current circumstances. The program encourages sustainable, technological solutions in the following categories:

Health

Business Continuity

Community

Who can join?

Female-led startup or female co-founder 

Bahraini citizen or resident

Early-stage startup (pre-CR stage permissible)

Prizes

3-month incubation at Bahrain FinTech Bay 

USD 10,000

For each winning team

Timeline

March 30 - May 13

May 23 - 24

May 30

July 29

August 8

8-week training in #SCWomenInTech Incubator

Applications

Open (Kickoff)

Selection Pitch

Start of Digital Incubation

End of Digital Incubation

Demo Day

On May 23rd, 24th, 2021, the top 20 startups will be pitching their solutions over the course of 2 days. The selection committee will select the top 10 startups who will later be selected to progress to go through the 8-week training, followed by pitching at the final week's Demo Day.

Virtual Challenge Agenda

Selection Pitches: May 23 - 24, 2021


Top 20 startups will be pitching their solutions to the selection committee for a spot as one of the top 10 startups to qualify for the 8-week incubation training program. Startups will have 5 minutes to pitch their startup and 2-3 minutes for Q&A.




8-Week Incubation Program: May 30 - July 22, 2021


During the 8-week incubation program, the startups will go through several one-to-one mentor sessions, pitch practices, and subject matter webinars. Each week will cover a theme that will contribute to the startups enhancing their solutions: Week 1: Business Modeling: How to build a robust business model canvas Week 2: Sales/Growth Hacking: Choosing the right model and growth Week 3: Build and Tech: Tools to build a startup that scales Week 4: UI/UX: Building an app experience users love Week 5: Innovation Tools and Culture: Tools that empower your team to succeed Week 6: HR: How to build the winning team Week 7: Partnerships: Building the right partnerships for growth Week 8: Fundraising: How to raise funds for your idea and when




Demo Day: August 1, 2021


Startups will have 3 minutes to pitch, and 2-3 minutes for Q&A. 02:00-03:00pm - Batch 1 -----
03:00-04:00pm - Break -----
04:00-05:00pm - Batch 2 -----
05:00-06:00pm - Judge Deliberation -----
06:00pm - Winner Announcements





  • Got an idea? 

Our tools and resources will help you map out your idea.

  • Already formed a company?

We'll connect you to mentors and industry experts who will help you overcome your obstacles and look into growing and scaling your startup.

Success Stories

Women In Tech Bahrain 2020 - Cohort 1

150+

Program applications

USD 50,000

Total funding

Since graduating from the program, we feel like we've never stopped - which is certainly a positive! We've been met with high acclaim across the GCC for supporting local artisans and their businesses across our multi-vendor platform (www.thepopupshop.co). Our business horizons are expanding even further with some interesting collaborations and projects happening within this next quarter that we cannot wait to share with you. Keep your eyes on our Instagram account (@thepopupshop.co_ ) for all the latest updates! 

Exciting news: Tribepod is now live! Onboarding global talent and connecting teams of professionals with businesses. Thanks to the program, in a matter of months, we've signed contracts with two large clients within the financial and education sectors - working on diverse projects ranging from Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Marketing Branding

Our success in joining the program has opened many doors for uRento. One of them is a gateway to an investment opportunity by one of Bahrain’s prominent startup programs and seed funding to jumpstart our platform. We are close to launching with a potential 800+ units to come onboard and start simplifying property management! We had four investor meetings up to date, which are very interested and keeping them at bay till we launch in Bahrain and gain traction.

Since graduating from the Standard Chartered Women In Tech Program, we joined one of Bahrain's prominent startup programs, where we received more funding, mentorship, and legal support. We have created the region's first direct-to-consumer market for gold jewelry, sourcing items directly from factories and supplying them to customers without any retail markup. Today, we have achieved over USD 32,000 in sales; we have onboarded three jewelry factories and two diamond dealers in Bahrain, one factory, and one diamond dealer in Dubai. We have launched our first designer collection for Valentine's Day and are set to launch a designer collection created in collaboration with a local Instagram celebrity.

Besides offering VR-solutions before joining the program, we are happy to announce that we have added VR walkthrough shooting services for real estate and VR cloud services, which reduce the need for physical interaction and make communication faster. The SC Women In Tech Program helped us shape the right way to pitch our business and expand our idea to new industries. We got opportunities to collaborate with other startups; that’s why we recommend the program to any female entrepreneur.

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Winning teams

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Criteria


  • Established startup (Pre-CR stage permissable to apply)
  • Bahraini citizen or resident
  • Startup has to have at least 1 female co-founder, or a female founder.




Can I pitch my existing startup?


Yes, you can! However, your startup has to have at least 1 female founder. Kindly fill in the form and upload your pitch-deck here.




Can I still join even if I don't have a team?


Ofcourse! In the absence of a group, all you need to do is submit the form, and we will connect you with other team members to form a group.




What resources do I need if I qualify to the 8-week incubation program?


  • A laptop with functional video (webcam), and audio (mic) settings
  • High-speed internet
  • At least 1-2 members to be available to attend pitch practices, mentor sessions, and subject matter sessions during the 8-week training programs.




What should the theme of my idea be for the program?


Your ideas should be aimed at supporting sustainable technology solutions in the following key areas:

  • Business Continuity
  • Health
  • Community




Will there be any mentors?


Yes! Our goal is to connect you with mentors and industry experts of various fields who will help guide you through sharing knowledge and best practices.




Standard Chartered Women In Tech Incubator past winners


You can read all about the journey of the past winners of the Standard Chartered Women In Tech Incubator here.




Program process


Stage 1: (March - May, 2021)

  • Apply to the Selection Pitch (Registration opens on March 30th, 2021)
  • Short-listed to top 10 startups (May 24th, 2021)
Stage 2: (May 30 - July 22, 2021) Program agenda: Week 1: Business Modeling: How to build a robust business model canvas Week 2: Sales/Growth Hacking: Choosing the right model and growth Week 3: Build and Tech: Tools to build a startup that scales Week 4: UI/UX: Building an app experience users love Week 5: Innovation Tools and Culture: Tools that empower your team to succeed Week 6: HR: How to build the winning team Week 7: Partnerships: Building the right partnerships for growth Week 8: Fundraising: How to raise funds for your idea and when Stage 3: Demo Day (August 1, 2021) The top 5 compelling ideas will receive a seed grant of USD 10,000 and a 3-month residency at Bahrain FinTech Bay as an incentive to pursue and accelerate their solutions.





Have any questions? Get in touch with us.

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