Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB) and the FinTech Association of Israel – FinTech Aviv (FTA) have recently signed an agreement that outlines the intention of both parties to cooperate and collaborate on matters of mutual interest relating to the development of the fintech industry in the region.
The agreement follows the signing of the Abraham Accords Peace agreement between Bahrain and Israel in September 2020.
Bahrain FinTech Bay and FinTech Aviv will aim to strengthen and further develop the fintech ecosystem in the region. Both parties will collaborate on joint projects, community events and facilitate communication and introduction between fintechs and venture capital interested in expanding in both countries.
Since its establishment in 2018, Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB) has become one of the leading FinTech Hubs in the region. Its core mission is to develop and accelerate the FinTech ecosystem in the Middle East. BFB has over the years incubated over 50 impactful fintechs that have looked to establish their MENA headquarters in Bahrain. Additionally, BFB has strategically partnered with over 20 global scaleups looking to expand regionally via its unique venture acceleration platform.
FinTechs also benefit through other various services BFB offers that include innovation labs, acceleration programs, curated activities, educational opportunities, and collaborative platforms. Bahrain FinTech Bay has over 50 partners across governmental bodies, financial institutions, corporates, consultancy firms, universities, associations, venture capital, and fintech start-ups to bring the full spectrum of market participants together.
FinTech-Aviv was established in 2014 and serves the needs of the Israeli FinTech ecosystem, that counts more than 6,000 start-ups and 300 research and development centres. FinTech-Aviv consists of more than 30,000 community members and serves the needs of Israel’s ecosystem players, which include growth-stage FinTech companies, early-stage startups, global banks, insurance firms, VCs and multinational companies.
Speaking of the development, Khalid Dannish, CEO of BFB, stated,
“Bahrain has taken tremendous strides towards embracing, adopting and promoting innovative technology and we are pleased to launch this partnership to further enable Bahrain’s fintech ecosystem and open up opportunities for our respective fintechs and partners through our collaboration with FinTech Aviv. This exciting step towards cross border cooperation with the Israeli FinTech community will pave the way for future partnerships and collectively strengthen our ecosystems.”
On similar lines, Nir Netzer, the Chairman of FinTech-Aviv, added,
“In this unprecedented time of new economic and political order in the Middle East, we’re honoured to extend our relationship and partners network to Bahrain and to initiate this unique collaboration in order to facilitate the export of Israeli technologies to new markets. The FinTech-Aviv community and its 30,000+ Israeli and worldwide members, proudly hold the torch of this exciting initiative and are humbled to be leading Israeli FinTech companies towards the exploration of new horizons with our new business partners.”
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