Speaking on this partnership, a representative of StartUp Bahrain, Bader Kamal, said, “I believe actions speak louder than words and this partnership is a clear testimony of the National Bank of Bahrain’s vision and drive to help grow and develop the startup ecosystem and the innovation it brings to Bahrain’s digital economy. We are excited to see how Bahrain’s largest financial institution will play a major role in the development and support of the ecosystem’s startups, events, happenings, and strategic opportunities. Bahrain’s digital economy is developed through the efforts of all its public and private stakeholders, and we are proud to have the National Bank of Bahrain become one of our strategic partners to making that happen”.
Pakiza Abdulrahman, Head of Startups at the Bahrain EDB, said: “With its trailblazing approach to open banking, NBB showed how traditional financial institutions can collaborate with and learn from innovative startups in order to adapt and thrive in the digital economy. But digital transformation is a two-way street. This new partnership with Startup Bahrain will be an opportunity for young challengers and disruptors to learn from one of Bahrain’s most established financial institutions. It is collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships like this that Bahrain’s thriving, world-class startup ecosystem is founded upon”.
Founded in 2017 as a national platform for innovative and scalable startups, StartUp Bahrain aims to help grow and develop the ecosystem in collaboration with corporates, investors, accelerators, incubators, educational institutions, and the Bahrain government. Its partnership with NBB will further boost the ecosystem’s goals to becoming one of the most prominent and actively growing ecosystems in the region.
Furthermore, NBB has taken the lead as the first bank in the MENA region to launch Open Banking solutions through the Bahraini startup ‘Tarabut Gateway’ following the regulatory mandates set by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB). The move, underlined by a long-term vision for customer transparency, efficiency, and an enhanced experience, showcases the bank’s strategic adoption of innovative solutions to solidify Bahrain’s spearheading of the digital economy in the region.
If you’re interested to learn more about StartUp Bahrain, who’s who in the ecosystem and how you can be involved, visit startupbahrain.com, follow @startupbahrain on social media, and get in touch to learn how you can be involved.
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About National Bank of Bahrain B.S.C
National Bank of Bahrain B.S.C. (“NBB”), was established in 1957 as Bahrain’s first locally owned bank, incorporated under the laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Bahrain. NBB has grown steadily to become the Kingdom’s leading provider of retail and commercial banking services. With a major share of the total domestic and commercial banking market and the largest network of branches and ATMs, NBB plays a key role in Bahrain’s economy. NBB continues to diversify and develop capabilities to capture business opportunities in the Gulf Region and international markets with the Abu Dhabi and Riyadh branch leading the way in this initiative. NBB is listed publicly on the Bahrain Bourse.
About StartUp Bahrain
Startup Bahrain is the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national startup platform. It is made up of startups, corporates, investors, accelerators, incubators, spaces, educational institutions, and the Bahrain government to grow and develop the startup ecosystem in Bahrain. The ecosystem aims to empower innovative and scalable startups across all sectors and stages. Efforts are being made in each pillar to make Bahrain a strong ecosystem around the world for startups and scaleups regionally and globally.
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