The Startup Ecosystem of Manama

Manama is the top startup ecosystem in Bahrain and the 10th city in Middle East.


In 2022, the startup scene of Manama shows much promise after advancing in the Global Ecosystem Index by 8 spots.

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The Startup Ecosystem in Manama

Startups in Manama excel in Education, Fintech, and Ecommerce & and Retail. There are some notable success stories contributing to the city’s growing Education industry. One of the most promising startups in Manama in 2022 is PayTabs, Rain, and

Global Rank

Manama is ranked within the top 400 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Manama’s startups excel particularly in Education where it ranks 188 and in Fintech, and Ecommerce & Retail. Find out more

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Notable Startups in Manama
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Successful Education startups in Manama
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Startups Ranking by Industry

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#188 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 11 startups for Education.

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#196 worldwide

In Middle East, Manama's Fintech is in top 196. Manama has a concentration of about 0% of the country's total Fintech startups that are represented on our map.

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Ecommerce & Retail
#252 worldwide

Ecommerce & Retail is ranked 252nd in the world. Our database contains 7 startups for this industry.

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Why should you join Manama's Startup Ecosystem?


Within Manama there is an increased attraction for entrepreneurs to set up their startups in industries such as Education, Fintech, Ecommerce & Retail. These three industries represent about 60% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of Manama.


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Manama is Bahrain's 1st best startup ecosystem and is ranked 10th in Middle East. With a population of 0.1M - 0.5M people, Manama is ranked th in the world. The city boasts some notable startup success stories including PayTabs.

Startup Infrastructure in Manama
With a large variety of initiatives, Manama's startup ecosystem stands out from other cities in Middle East. Manama offers a number of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups. Below is a list of Manama's most prominent support initiatives:


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Brinc Batelco IoT Hub

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Brilliant Lab

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