Bahraini tech entrepreneurs make it to Forbes 30 Under 30

MANAMA: Two Bahraini tech entrepreneurs have jointly been chosen among the region’s most promising young talent by Forbes Middle East.

Ahmed Alawadhi, 27, and Ahmed Mahmood, 25, the co-founders of telemedicine app Doctori, are part of the publication’s 30 Under 30 list for 2021, which is a select compilation of “men and women all under the age of 30 at the beginning of this year, who have already demonstrated a diverse range of considerable achievements and great potential for the future.”

The Doctori app gives users 24/7 access to health services, including video doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions, and medical reports, in partnership with Bahraini hospitals, including AlSalam and Royal Hospital.

The company raised a $700,000 seed round led by Bahrain Pharma and Wahoud Group.

Doctori recently set up operations in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and aims to expand to India and Pakistan by 2022.

The 30 Under 30 2021 list features 38 individuals from 20 nationalities, who are based across 11 countries in the Middle East.

Egypt has the highest representation on the list with eight individuals, followed by Lebanon and Jordan with four each.

Of the 30 entries, 12 are based in the UAE, and four are in Egypt.

Forbes said its research and editorial teams conducted two rounds of assessments to shortlist 60 candidates from more than 300 applications.

Innovators were sorted into six categories: sport, e-commerce, technology, and finance, as well as creative, which included entertainment and social media stars, and impact, which included policy, education, healthcare, and social entrepreneurship.

A panel of external judges, who are all experts in their respective fields, then cherry-picked the final 30 from the shortlist.

The publication said it took into account qualitative information such as the impact that candidates have had on their industry, market, or society, and their future potential.

It also looked at quantifiable data such as funds raised, awards won, revenues, the value of deals, number of people impacted, number of customers, and number of followers on social media.

The impact category has the highest number of entries with seven, followed by sport with six, and creative with five.

The e-commerce, finance, and technology categories have four entries each.




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