Grant programme call to women entrepreneurs

Visa is calling women-owned businesses in Bahrain to apply to the ‘She’s Next’ grant programme, launched in partnership with Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB).

The programme offers women entrepreneurs the opportunity to apply for a grant worth $50,000, access to a tailored training programme, and membership in the exclusive She’s Next Club, providing valuable networking and mentoring opportunities.

To further support women in business, Visa also teamed up with SheTrades, a global initiative of the International Trade Centre (joint agency of the United Nations and World Trade Organisation). Additionally, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Connected Community has also joined the programme, offering free membership to all She’s Next applicants. Through AWS Connected Community, participants can access on-demand content and trainings, schedule free 1:1 consultation, and redeem discounts on software, Amazon Payment Services and AWS free credits.

With the application deadline approaching on Friday, the total number of Bahrain-based applications received so far for the grant programme is 41. This year, Visa received 705 applications across the GCC region, a fivefold increase compared with last year.

Visa’s country manager for Bahrain Malak Alsaffar expressed his delight at the high number of applications received and said: “We are thrilled to see such a tremendous response from women entrepreneurs in Bahrain for our inaugural She’s Next programme.

“The diversity of industries represented, the tangible solutions they are providing to real-world problems, and the significant number of applications showcasing a strong commitment to sustainability have truly stood out this year. It highlights the immense talent and potential within our community and underscores the unwavering determination of women to succeed in their businesses.”

To learn more and apply for Visa She’s Next Grant programme, applicants must submit a short application form, available at, with details about their business and digital presence.




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