The GAN Community


Manama, Bahrain

Date & Time

  • Oct 24th, 2019 | 9:00 - 17:00


$49 USD

The GAN Momentum Tour is Coming to Manama

The GAN Momentum Tour is a five-stop global tour that will focus on creating opportunities for startups to succeed and gain traction, wherever they are.

Startups think differently, act differently, and run their organizations in ways that few people will ever understand. It’s because of these differences that startups are the ones changing the landscape of the future, building the next products that we will all use and love. And, startups are the engines behind our cities. They serve an important role, creating new jobs and generating revenue—sustainable work and sustainable wages for their staff and their communities.

But, startups can’t do this alone. They need corporates that want to do business with them. They need investors that provide the necessary capital to get them off the ground. They need mentors that will coach them. And they need accelerators that will bring this support around them for a short, focused period of time.

Which is why we’re so excited to invite you to the GAN Momentum Tour, a five-stop global tour celebrating the startup that’s doing things differently. The startup that decided not to go to the big city. The startup that sees the bigger picture. The startup that’s curious and wants to learn more. The startup that sees success not as individual, but as collective. And the startup that wants to do good work and build something that actually makes a difference.

And it’s for the people who want to support those startups. Who believe in their power and potential for impact.



Leg Four: MENA

Our fourth stop, in Manama, will be hosted by three accelerators in the GAN Community: Flat6Labs Bahrain, Seed Fuel-Rowad, and Nest Bahrain.

Flat6Labs Bahrain
Flat6Labs BahrainLaunched in 2018 in partnership with Tamkeen, Flat6Labs Bahrain is an accelerator program aiming to help accelerate the growth of local and international startups in Bahrain and provide a steady pipeline to the rapidly growing Bahraini venture capital industry.

Seed Fuel—Rowad
Seed Fuel-Rowad is an entrepreneurial funding program by Bahrain Development Bank, providing startups at seed and early stages with coaching, mentoring, and training, access to networks and investors, special startup services and perks, and up to BHD 25,000 in equity investment funding.

Nest Bahrain
Nest aims to inspire entrepreneurs to transform the world and solve the critical challenges of our time. Its ecosystem helps people and organisations to connect, collaborate and scale; for startups to grow and commercialise; and for corporates to foster innovation and future proof themselves.


During our time together, we’ll lean into how a startup can raise investment capital wherever they call home, how to get revenue in places big and small, and how to create a company and culture that actually gets results—anywhere.

  1. Wednesday Evening:
    Momentum Kickoff Networking Event
    Villa No. 1157, Road No. 3834, Block 338
    Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain
  2. Thursday:
    Momentum Day
    Flat6Labs Bahrain
    Note: Parking is extremely limited; please plan to walk or take a taxi.
    6HPG+GV Manama, Bahrain

Momentum Day Agenda

9:00 a.m.
Welcome to Manama!

9:15 a.m.
Why are Startups So Important?

9:30 a.m.
Startup Panel
Listen to three startups discuss why they chose to build their companies in the region and how they did it.

  • Yasser Hadi, Malaeb
  • Hussain Haji, Inagrab inc.
  • Hala Sulaiman, AlRawi

10:00 a.m.
Accelerator Panel
Four accelerators discuss how to scale from accelerator to exit.

  • Flat6Labs
  • SeedFuel-Rowad
  • Speed Lebanon

10:30 a.m.
Investor Presentation: Walid Faza
Hear from Walid Faza, partner and chief operations officer at MSA Capital for MENA, about the one thing investors want you to know about getting investment in the region.

10:50 a.m.
Corporate Presentation
How startups can work with corporations and why corporations love working with startups.

  • AbdelKarim Abu Jaber, Microsoft
  • Mohannad Alnabulsi, IKEA

11:15 a.m.
Pitch Session
Regional startups pitch for a chance at GAN Ventures investment.

12:15 p.m.
Lunch (included)

1:15 p.m.
Speaker: Saba Saleem Warsi
Hear from Saba Saleem Warsi, founder and CEO of Stories Studio, about why the MENA region is great for startups and how we can make it even better.

1:35 p.m.
Breakout Session #1

2:15 p.m.
Breakout Session #2

2:45 p.m.
Closing Conversation
This is just the beginning.

3:15 p.m.
Office Hours
Meet with the startups, corporations, investors, and accelerators you heard from today.



September 20, 2019 | Half-off Ticket Deal Ends

October 7, 2019 | Deadline for Pitch Applications

October 14, 2019 | Registration Deadline



Hotel Recommendations:
Downtown Rotana
A 3-minute walk from our Momentum Day venue. A limited room block has been reserved for a rate of BHD 45/night (single) or BHD 50/night (double) for 24 October (additional BHD 10 for 24 October); includes buffet breakfast, airport shuttle transfers, WiFi; does not include 10% service charge, 5% tourism levy and 5% VAT. Please book by filling out this form and emailing it to the address included.

To Join Us:

We’re excited to see you and meet you on this journey we’re all on together. Tickets are extremely limited, so register today. Simply do so here and we’ll keep you up to date on details as we have them: