FACE-OFF On The Track @ unbound Bahrain

About unbound Bahrain: This March 7 & 8, unbound, in partnership with the Bahrain Economic Development Board and supported by Startup Bahrain, brings its globally established, award-winning innovation festival to Bahrain, celebrating The Kingdom’s commitment to fuelling a digital future for the MENA region.

unbound Bahrain is the anchor event of Startup Bahrain Week which is under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB).

The festival will attract and bridge the gap between 1,000 startups, investors and businesses, who will travel to Bahrain International Circuit to hear from 50+ influential speakers, uncover pioneering ideas and take part in immersive brand experiences, hackathons, startup battles and networking sessions.

Join the finest minds in fintech, adtech, AI, eCommerce, robotics and more to make invaluable connections and discover inspirational insight and emerging technologies that will shape the future of your career and your business.

Are you a MENA-based founder with a great idea?

Pitch to C5 and Brinc to win up to $25,000 in cash!

Global accelerators C5 and Brinc are joining forces with unbound to put on the most exciting startup competition of the year, with founders going head-to-head for the grand cash prize. As part of unbound Bahrain, we’re looking for Tech and Tech-enabled startups to compete in our FACE-OFF pitch competition.

FACE-OFF on the Track is a great opportunity for local and international startups to refine their pitch, meet investors, and run new ideas by the industry’s leaders. These startups will have the chance to present their companies and tell their stories live at the pitching session on stage at unbound Bahrain, where our judges will choose the best of the best.

Selection Criteria:

  • Tech or Tech enabled startups
  • Seed Stage or Scale-up




The FACE-OFF Pitch Competition is looking for innovative technologies, products, or services, wrapped within scalable business models with the potential to make a significant impact on economic development through technological innovation and transformation. There will be one winner from each category: seed and scale-up.

1st Place

$25,000 in cash

2nd Place

$10,000 in cash


To the Cloud10 Scalerator. Innovation Award

Program Fast Track

Brinc Acceleration IoT program fast track. Based on completion of the selection process

The schedule

The Future Stage - 3pm

March 7: FACE-OFF On The Track Pitch Competition               

Two groups of startups will present their business onstage for three minutes. Followed by a Q&A with the judging panel.

  • Seed Startups Pitch Session 
  1. DailyMealz
  2. WideBot
  3. Univize
  4. Tydors
  5. The Stories Studio
  6. Massyaf
  7. RafiQ
  • Jury deliberation
  • Scale-up Startups Pitch Session
  1. Baseetah 
  2. Dawsat
  3. Deliver 2 Mum
  4. AlRawi
  5. Majra
  6. Lululittle
  7. Inagrab
  • Jury deliberation 
  • Finalist Announcement : 2 finalists in each category




The Main Stage - 3.45pm

March 8:  FACE-OFF On The Track Final

The top four teams from both groups will go head-to-head to win up to $25,000 in cash prizes.

  • 2 finalist seed stage startups pitch 
  • Deliberation 
  • 2 finalists scale-up startups pitch session
  • Deliberation 
  • Winners announcement - 1 winner in each category

Have you got what it takes?

Selection criteria 


Startups applying will need to meet the following criteria to be selected to participate:

  • Early-stage (pre-revenue) or scale-up stage (growth)
  • Technology-focussed product or service
  • Building a solution that solves a real-world problem
  • A viable, scalable business model
  • At least 2 founders, with complementary skills & experience
  • Technical feasibility
  • Teams previously funded by partners should not qualify


Selected startups will also have the opportunity to exhibit at unbound Bahrain

Judging Criteria:


1. Value Proposition: Clear and compelling market value and need.  Product offers a good solution to a problem in the market.

2. Target Market: Clearly defined target audience for the product/service and promising market opportunity.

3. Business Model: Solid and promising strategies for monetization.  Clear revenue streams and ability to generate profits.

4. Competitive Edge: A clear understanding of the competitive landscape and a strong advantage or barrier to entry.

5. Team: A qualified and capable team with the necessary core o competencies and capabilitie to lead and grow the business. 

6. Innovation: Provides a new or innovative products/solution or a creative improvement over existing solutions or business processes

7.Marketing / Sales Strategy: A clear strategy/plan for growing the company name/brand, generating revenue through marketing, and increasing sales.

Our partners

The jury

In Partnership With


Supported By


2018 Partners

2018 Community Partners

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