The four-episode programme will run weekly on Shahid starting the evening of February 2, 2022, in line with its release on Bahrain TV.
Hope Ventures, the Bahraini investment arm of Hope Fund, an initiative established by the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, has announced the launch of Beban, an unscripted entrepreneurial reality TV show for MENA audiences. Beban, which means doors in Arabic, signifies the various doors of opportunity that open in real life.
The show features un-staged, recorded pitching sessions by ambitious Bahraini entrepreneurs to a panel of four Bahraini and Saudi investors. Over USD 1m dollars was invested in participating start-ups during the show, which features businesses operating across the sectors of Technology, Food &Beverage, Manufacturing, and Sports Retail.
In well-crafted post-production artistry, the show captures the participants’ emotions and reactions when faced with difficult on-the-spot life-altering decisions. Business founders are given a unique opportunity to secure funding that will drive their business towards international scalability. Viewers of the show will be inspired by a surprise ending in every episode, where founders walk away with some form of investment or a considerable perk aimed at accelerating the growth of their business.
Commenting on the launch, Fajer Al Pachachi, General Manager of Hope Ventures, said: “After months of preparation and hard work, we are pleased to announce the launch of Beban. The show promo has already received more than 2000 organic shares within the first few hours of its release on social media. We’re now prepping for season 2, which will feature more businesses across diverse sectors, with more investors from across the region, and more inspiring entrepreneurs and more episodes.”
Beban is directed by Bahraini award-winning Film Director Hashim Sharaf and distributed by HConsult, a Dubai-based Content Market & Distribution Consultancy. The four-episode programme is licensed for exclusive streaming on MBC Group’s AVOD platform Shahid and is scheduled for a weekly release in February starting the evening of February 2, 2022, in line with its release on Bahrain TV.