It is with great joy and honor that we launch the fifth edition of ‘Mashroo3i Youth Business Plans Competition. The core aim of Mashroo3i is to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit among the youth by instilling the values of hard work and determination. Over the course of the past four years, we have successfully managed to create a platform to solidify the skills of young Bahrainis and introduce them to the competitive world of business.

Mashroo3i goes hand-in- hand with Tamkeen’s overall vision aimed at encouraging and motivating young Bahrainis to immerse in the world of business and convert ideas into successful ventures. The development of the Kingdom’s national economy is driven by the spirit of entrepreneurship and the growth of small and medium businesses. By breaking the mold and pushing the limits, Mashroo3i will surely become an investment to our economy. We also intend to make the youth aware of the fundamental steps required to become successful entrepreneurs.

The participants will be mentored by successful Bahraini entrepreneurs across various fields. They will learn firsthand the different aspects of the business world from planning, prototyping, strategy development and much more. Through Mashroo3i, we hope to inspire the future generation of entrepreneurs. It is without a doubt that Bahrain has an abundance of talented individuals who are able to excel and succeed with the right guidance and mentorship from experienced professionals. I am pleased to welcome you to Mashroo3i 2018, and I look forward to witnessing the ideas of our future entrepreneurs.

Dr. Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi
Chief Executive

Why join Mashroo3i?

  1. Experience

    Mashroo3i gives you the opportunity to learn what it takes to turn your ideas into a successful business. You will also learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurial success and gain practical experience.

  2. Exposure

    Mashroo3i gives you the opportunity to showcase your work for all Bahrain to see! You will also get to meet people who can help turn your business ideas to reality.

  3. Awards

    Participants will have the chance to compete and win one of the coveted Mashroo3i prizes, as well as receive support and backing from Tamkeen. These awards can help set an entrepreneur on a path to success.

  4. Network

    Get to know other like-minded youth who share your passion and interact with the people behind Mashroo3i. Connections are important for any savvy businessperson.

  5. Awareness

    Participants will get the opportunity to understand their local market, available supporting entities, and what it takes to be successful in it.

“After observing peoples reaction during Mashroo3i's City Centre exhibition; I decided to go forward and publicly announce my brand, jewelry made of the combination of handmade wood and gold…I am currently in talks with several retail stores such as Saks fifth Avenue Bahrain and Dubai, The Dover Market London and Devji.”.

Aisha Abdulmalik

Who can join?

To be able to participate you need to:

  1. Have an idea for a successful Business
  2. Participate as a team of 2 – 5 members. In case the team is not yet finalised, you can still submit your application as a single team member, yet once shortlisted other team members must be assigned before starting the mentorship sessions.
  3. All team members should be Bahraini Nationals
  4. All team members should be between 18 and 30 years of age.


There will be three main awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd top performing teams. The awards include:

  • Cash awards
  • Sponsored incubation facility for the duration of 1 year for all 3 place winners
  • Educational learning trip for the first place winner related to their business field
  • Networking opportunities with potential investors and supporting organizations

There will also be additional 9 awards that are category-based. Any team that gets the highest score in any of the below categories can win one of the following awards If you are passionate and driven, you will not walk away from this competition without gaining a lot. The 9 categories will be as follows.

Business Plan of the Year

For the team that excels in their business thinking, planning and implementation strategy.

The Business Model Award

For the team that applies innovation in the way a business creates, delivers and captures value as well as creativity in their supply chain and other functions.

The Marketing, Sales & Promotion Awardd

For the team that shows effective understanding and implementation of how to use new ideas and creative thinking in branding, marketing, promoting and advertising their business to achieve marketing goals.

Most Responsible Business of the Year

For the team that demonstrates a high level of sensitivity towards social, cultural and environmental aspects of the country.

The Charismatic Entrepreneur of the Year

For an individual, who creates positive attraction to a business through compelling and persuasive personality traits.

The Innovation Award

For the team that prototypes an effective product or service that adds value and addresses a market need.

E-Business of the year

For the best online-based business. This category also includes online businesses, websites & mobile apps.

Active use of Social Media Award

For the team that demonstrates an active presence on social media networks. This will be determined by the number of likes, follows and the level of interaction with the public through those channels.

The People’s Choice

For the team that gets the highest number of public votes during the public exhibition.