FinTech Acceleration  Program 

The BFB invites FinTech startups, with a minimum viable product, to apply to our upcoming program. The program is open to startup applicants from across the world seeking to expand in the MENA region. ​Application are now open until April 15, 2020.

We strongly encourage you to apply if your startup solution ticks one of the boxes below:

Blockchain & Crypto-assets

Cybersecurity & Data Science

Digital &Open Banking

Financial Health & Inclusion


Payments & Remittances



Program Roadmap

January 15, 2020

April 15, 2020


May 1, 2020

July 29, 2020

Applications open

Applications close

Candidates Selected

Program Kick-off

Demo Day & Graduation


A broad encompassing curriculum will be offered to provide early stage startups with the business organizational and planning tools they need to scale. This includes:


  • Legal & organizational topics

  • Business planning

  • Branding 

  • Marketing and PR

  • Go-to-market analysis and approach 

  • Management & governance


Access to mentors with deep industry and technical experience

Robust program curriculum designed for early stage startups

Access to workspace during the program

Access to a wide network of potential customers and investors

Program graduates may also be offered a one-month residency at one of FinTech Consortium's other global  bays (Bahrain, Detroit or Singapore)

Selection Criteria

  • A FinTech product/solution that is, at minimum, in developed prototype or in early proof of concept

  • Innovative technology with a clear product development and execution roadmap

  • Existing business plan and pitch deck 

  • Strong founder(s) and management team with a balance of technical and business experience

  • The startups will need to relocate to the Kingdom of Bahrain for 8 weeks out of the 12