|24 November, 2019

21 enterprises qualify for final phase of top Tamkeen award

During the phase, the technical committee of the award held meetings with 35 outstanding Bahraini enterprises

Manama: Twenty-one Bahraini enterprises have qualified for the final evaluation phase of the Bahrain Award for Entrepreneurship, Tamkeen announced yesterday.

Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, the Bahrain Award for Entrepreneurship launched the semi-final phase, for its fourth edition, in November.

During the phase, the technical committee of the award held meetings with 35 outstanding Bahraini enterprises representing various economic sectors. The semi-final stage witnessed strong competition among the qualifying contestants, which reflects the growth of the entrepreneurial landscape in Bahrain, Tamkeen said in a statement.

As the final round begins, the jury is set to begin the evaluation process of 21 finalists to determine the winners, to be announced during the award ceremony next month.

Finalists selected for each category represent a number of distinguished local businesses, as follows:

Micro-Enterprise of the Year: Ahmed Al Awadhi for Doctori Online Services, Hala Sulaiman for Al Rawi Media, Salman Al Qarata for Tome Pollom, Mayssa Al Ghawas for Playworks, and Mohamed Jan Al Bloshi for Jan Click Media.

Start-up of the Year: Shaikha Latifa Mohammed Al Khalifa for Clever Play, Nayef Al Alawi for Eazy Financial Services, Rashid Al Raifi, Ahmed Al Mannai and Abdulla Binhindi for Shepherd Design Studio, Yasser Hadi for Malaeb, and Abdulla Almoayed for Tarabut Gateway.

SME of the Year: Ali Alhaddad for The Closets International, Sami Al Abbasi for Bahrain Polyforms, Afrah Al Jaser for Al Jaser Factory, Nahla Almahmood for LalaBella Events, and Omar Salah Alkhan for ParkPoint.

Enterprise of the Year with International Footprint: Nezar Al Saie for Kalaam Telecom Bahrain, Hadi Dawani for Box it, Mahmood Alsaleh for Gulf Researcher.

Sustainability in Business Award: Mohamed Abdulaal for All Food for Food Stuff, Nawaf Al Koheji for Tenmou - The Bahrain Business Angels, and Azza Al Hujairi for Azza International.

Those qualifying enterprises are excelling in an array of industries ranging from technology and culture to food production, medicine and education. Besides these categories, the Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be chosen from the list of qualifying female finalists.

This edition’s jury includes local and regional business experts, representing governmental and semi-governmental organisations such as the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry, the Economic Development Board, and the Bahrain Development Bank.

The committee includes representatives of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with judges from reputable international organisations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. The audit oversight of the fourth edition of the award will be provided by Ernst & Young.

The Bahrain Award for Entrepreneurship is a prestigious national platform that recognises Bahraini entrepreneurs, celebrates their achievements, and brings together all actors in the kingdom’s entrepreneurial communities to encourage collaborations that strengthen Bahrain’s economy and contribute to the realisation of the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.

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