Rowad Centers are dedicated to supporting the successful development of pioneering entrepreneurial enterprises with a vision of providing an ideal environment to accelerate the growth of business enterprises. As a tenant of the Rowad centers entrepreneurs can benefit from subsidized rental fees, advisory services, training, coaching, access to finance, business linkages, marketing support, and other shared facilities
Rowad is a subsidiary owned by the bank which hosts all the various incubator centers owned and operated by the bank itself through the Development Services division. The centers currently owned and managed by the bank are: Bahrain Business Incubator Center (BBIC), Riyadat and Rukn.me.
Coming soon are the Arts Cluster and Farmers Market.
Our current centers are:
The Bahrain Business Incubator Centre (BBIC) was established in 2003 as the first incubation center in the G.C.C. BBIC is a multipurpose incubator with office space and workshop units catering to businesses from multiple sectors such as light-manufacturing, food production, IT and professional services. The aim of the BBIC is to be able to not only incubate but also successfully graduate business into the market.
To learn more about BBIC, please visit bbicbahrain.com.
The Business Women Incubator Center (Riyadat) is a unique center designed as a shopping mall to house start-ups owned by Bahraini women entrepreneurs and other enterprises which are open to all and offers them access to training and workshops, virtual incubation.
To learn more about Riyadat, please visit riyadat.com.bh.
Rukn.me is home to all technology start-ups in Bahrain offering space, services, and a great community to accelerate the growth of technology start-ups housing innovative businesses in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.
To learn more about Rukn, please visit Rukn.me.
Located at Al Andalus Garden in Gudaibiya, the Arts cluster offers incubation facilities and affordable rent for startups and enterprise through various support schemes. The cluster includes workshops, galleries, lounge areas, restaurants, and cafes. Furthermore, the cluster offers incubator facilities that include support services such as coaching, training, networking, and common spaces.
The Farmers Market is a joint initiative between Bahrain Development Bank (BDB), Ministry of Municipalities and Urban Planning and Agricultural Affairs (MUN) and Tamkeen in support of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD) under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeekabint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa. The aim of the project is to establish an agricultural ecosystem to encourage and revitalize an important sector for food security and sustainability by empowering human resources and inspiring youth toward entering this field.
The retail incubator program is part of the Rowad incubation program which helps foster growth for startup and growing entrepreneurs in the retail sector providing them the opportunity to showcase their products and services in a location of their choice, but still benefit from support services of an incubator.
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