Seedstars reveals why Bahrain might be the next startup hub in the region

December 18, 2017


“Ecosystem, it’s a bit of a cliche, an important one though.”


This is how Simon Galpin, managing director at investment agency the Economic Development Board (EDB), kicked off the day at Seedstars MENA summit, which took place at the Corporate Hub 9 in Manama last Thursday, for the second year in a row.


Around 150 people attended the event, including entrepreneurs, VCs, students and major stakeholders like EBD, corporate hub CH9, global accelerator 500 Startups and the Babson Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a subsidiary of Babson Global for educational leadership.

Everyone talks about ecosystems, but no ones knows what they really are, added Galpin. "The Bahraini ecosystem doesn’t have to be the same as the one in Dubai to become a really important catalyst of economic growth," he said.


The day featured an investor forum, an invite-onl