More than 20 local businesses will be featured in the new season, selected after a five-stage evaluation process.
Beban, Bahrain’s first unscripted entrepreneurial reality TV show produced by Hope Ventures, the investment arm of Hope Fund, has announced Zain Bahrain as one of its Bronze Sponsors, for its second season airing at the end of the year.
Beban, which means doors in Arabic, signifies the various doors of opportunity that open in real life.
The show aims to shed light on success stories and facilitate the co-investment of high-potential businesses alongside the private sector. Its first season resulted in a commitment of five deals worth over $1,000,000 in total and $120,000 worth of advance orders.
Zain Bahrain plays a prominent role in supporting startups and small and medium enterprises in the Kingdom of Bahrain through various initiatives, including the first season of the Beban, for which it was also a strategic partner. After the show’s success in shedding light on promising Bahraini entrepreneurs, Zain aims to continue its support for Bahraini youth in the technology sector through Beban season second.
Commenting on the partnership, Fajer Al Pachachi, General Manager of Hope Ventures, said: “We are pleased to renew our partnership with Zain Bahrain for season two of Beban after the successful collaboration we had in season one. With Zain being one of the most impactful technology enablers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, we have no doubt that this partnership will empower Beban’s entrepreneurs and help accelerate their scalability.”
Sh. Abdulla bin Khalid Al Khalifa, Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations at Zain Bahrain, added: “At Zain, we continue to support Bahraini youth in innovative and modern ways through community partnerships; and Beban is a great platform for promoting and helping youth entrepreneurs in successfully achieving their future goals. We are pleased to renew our support for Beban for the second consecutive season. We look forward to providing our extensive experience to the companies participating in the show, especially those in the technology sector.”