Programs & Projects

CIPE Bahrain Economic Diversification and Access to Finance in Bahrain


The Center for International Private Enterprise, WDI, and Tenmou (a Bahrain-based angel investor network) are collaborating to strengthen the Bahraini investment ecosystem from the investors’ side and to unleash the growth potential for Bahraini SMEs. WDI is supporting Tenmou with the delivery of a mentorship program, which matches two cohorts of 25 Bahraini small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a mentor. Mentors provide their mentees with one-on-one guidance over four months. At the end of each cohort, a select number of SMEs will participate in a pitch night where they will pitch their business to a panel of investors. WDI is training the mentors on how to work effectively with their mentees through a mentorship toolkit, short videos, and live webinars with a mentorship expert.

WDI is also working with Tenmou to incorporate gender lens investing training sessions into a program to educate Bahraini investors on the potential positive returns of investing in Bahraini startups, especially those run by women, and prepare startups to pitch and attract investors.

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