13 Mar 2018
LEADING TOMORROW’S WORLD
IRIS IN BAHRAIN TOGETHER WITH THINKERS & DOERS
This spring starts high: Iris Solutions was among the 10 start-ups selected from across the world to share our vision for the future with some of the leading global incubators and investors at the Follow the Leaders international conference in Bahrain on 6 March 2018. The event, considered a hub for entrepreneurs and investors and a place to exchange and implement visionary ideas, witnessed Iris presenting our flagship innovation, the Sensory Box.
“All countries are facing enormous transformation driven by a wave of technological change that’s disrupting our industries and fuelling creativity,” said Simon Galpin, Managing director of Bahrain Economic Development Board, speaking at the event. “With this change come challenges but also great opportunities that are already being unlocked by the world’s brightest entrepreneurial minds.”
Some of those bright minds – together with global investors, venture capitalists, business and government representatives hailing from three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe) – gathered on the Bahrain island to boost the start-up ecosystem in the region. Not by coincidence: the number of Bahrain’s start-ups has grown by almost 50 per cent (!) in the last few years. The expanding sector requires strengthened support systems, which can be achieved, partly, by bringing together the public and private stakeholders and decision-makers. The opportunities are endless: in Bahrain and the whole Western Asia region more than half of the population is under 30 and most young people are highly tech-savvy. “The human factor cannot be overestimated,” said Galpin. “Investing in young people – you – is critical to paving the way forward in this country and in the world.”
The importance of the role that entrepreneurs play in development is becoming more widely recognised. By encouraging growth, accelerating economic diversification and, fundamentally, creating jobs, start-up entrepreneurs redefine traditional models of leadership. In this context, Iris Solutions is an active participant in the global drive for change.
The Bahrain event of the Follow the Leaders international conference cycle was organised by the strategic and creative consultancy Thinkers & Doers, a global innovation network headquartered in Paris, in partnership with Bahrain Development Bank, Entrepreneur Middle East, National Bank of Bahrain, StartUp Bahrain, Tamkeen, and Zain Bahrain
For more images from the event please click here.