HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, and HRH The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, today attended the Pitch@Palace Bahrain 1.0 event held at the Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort in Riffa.
Held in partnership with Tamkeen, the Pitch@Palace Bahrain 1.0 initiative aims to guide, help, and connect entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses from across the Kingdom with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, investors, mentors and business partners.
12 local entrepreneurs were selected from 99 applicants to take part in the first instalment of Pitch@Palace Bahrain 1.0, which saw them each deliver a three-minute pitch to an audience comprised of experts from the worlds of entrepreneurship, technology, media and investment.
During the event, HRH the Crown Prince noted his pride at the range of inventive pitches and ideas put forward by the 12 finalists, which reflects the level of talent, creativity and innovation that sits at the heart of Bahrain’s growing community of entrepreneurs.
HRH the Crown Prince highlighted that the Pitch@Palace Bahrain 1.0 initiative is a shining example of how Bahrain and the United Kingdom’s historic relationship continues to drive opportunities for businesses in both countries.
HRH the Crown Prince concluded by thanking HRH the Duke of York for his friendship and support towards growing the Kingdom’s entrepreneurial sector.
The winners, two of which were selected by audience vote and one via the People’s Choice Award, included ONEGCC, GETBAQALA, and TAMARRAN.
The winners are now invited to pitch at Pitch@Palace Global, which takes place at St. James’s Palace in London, UK in December 2018.
HRH the Duke of York said: “It is a huge privilege to bring Pitch@Palace to Bahrain
Pitch@Palace aims to help start up businesses grow. We do so by supporting businesses to become successful by making connections and asking the Audience to follow up with at least one Entrepreneur on their ASK.”
In remarks delivered during the event, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Chairman of Tamkeen, noted that Pitch@Palace Bahrain 1.0 marked a fitting opportunity to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship, and to share the brilliant ideas of Bahrain’s entrepreneurs with the rest of the world.
His Excellency emphasised the Kingdom’s commitment to becoming a leading global destination for business start-ups, noting that Bahrain’s entrepreneurs represent the backbone of the Kingdom’s increasingly innovative and diverse economy.