Following the success of its first edition last year, the Youth Pioneer Society announces the opening of registration applications to its entrepreneurship program “Chance 2016”. Amira Mahmoud, the program director, stated that “Chance 2016” is one of many training programs implemented by the Youth Pioneer Society, which ultimately aim towards social development by increasing the awareness of the Bahraini youth about the various available opportunities for them to utilize and benefit from.

The program – which lasts for four months – aims to develop the entrepreneurship spirit among young Bahraini by providing the participants the opportunity to be trained by a group of professional trainers, mentors and young entrepreneurs and to turn their business ideas to sustainable business projects.

This year, the program has continued its strategic partnership with: Tamkeen, Bahrain Development Bank, and Capital Knowledge Institute. Additionally, the program has expended its media partnership to include: Al-Watan Newspaper, Gulf Daily News, Bahrain This week, Startup Bahrain, and Mievento Creative Hub.

Ms. Mahmoud mentioned that the registration for the program is open for all young Bahrainis from the age of 18 to 30 years old. If you are interested, you can submit your application through the society’s website: http://youthpioneer.org from 12th to 25th of January 2015, where you can find more about the program’s registration requirements.

The program is consisted of three levels, and the first level is planned to commence on 6th February 2016 with a series of workshops – delivered by selected professionals in the field of entrepreneurship and business development – on subjects that includes: creative thinking, entrepreneurship, researching business ideas, market research and requirements, preparing business plans, and business presentation skills. Following these workshops, the participants will have the chance to prepare a market research, which will be assessed by a jury of business experts. Those who qualify to the next level of the program will attend introductory sessions with business supporting entities in Bahrain, in addition to professional seminars on business marketing, financial management, corporate and personal identity and information technology.

Once the participants demonstrate commitment to the program and reach to the third and final level, field visits to Bahrain-based factories are organized, where the Bahraini participants will have the opportunity to understand and learn about various production and manufacturing processes. Also, at this level, the participants will meet various young Bahraini entrepreneurs, who will share their success stories and openly talk about the challenges they overcame. The participants will also have the chance to benefit from group and individual mentor-ship sessions with a selected group of experienced mentors, in order to develop their business plans and present them to a jury of business experts.