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Bahrain’s Tenmou exits five portfolio startups

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Tenmou, Bahrain’s first Angel Investment Company, has achieved a remarkable exit from 5 Bahraini tech startups with a record-breaking track record. 

Tenmou earned an impressive exit multiple of 6 times its initial investment in an average of less than 4 years, which is significantly higher than the market’s average exit multiple recouping 2.6 times the original investment in 3.5 years.

During a press conference held on Tuesday, 13th June, 2023, at the Collective Hub – Yateem Branch, Tenmou emphasised the significance of its groundbreaking achievement. As the first angel investment company in Bahrain to achieve this, Tenmou’s exit score surpasses the industry’s overall performance index in startup exits.

Mr. Suhail Ghazi Algosaibi, the Chairman of Tenmou, stressed the company’s commitment to supporting local entrepreneurs through funding initiatives. He stated that this successful exit is proof of Tenmou’s strategic vision and progressive philosophy in investing in promising Bahraini startups with potential for scalability.

“Profitable exit deals are fundamental to Tenmou’s business operations. This exit aligns with our expansion plans, which aim to capitalise on the evolving needs and potential of today’s tech market, especially with growing AI innovations in providing solutions for human development,” Mr. Algosaibi explained. 

The exit was accomplished through acquisition by Gro Partners Fund, with complete exit from two startups and partial exits from three others.

The complete exit included Malaeb App, as well as Faceki, a platform that specializes in providing secure application solutions with AI-powered facial recognition technology.

The partial exit deal included Unipal App, which provides financial solutions for students, including offering discounts and promotions for various local and international stores, and Eat App, which offers an online restaurant reservation system. 

The partial exit also included “The Collective Hub”, one of Tenmou’s prominent projects. The Collective Hub specializes in providing a co-working space for startups, freelancers, investors, and other complementary business services such as professional meeting rooms and networking events. The partial exit from this project will facilitate collaboration with the new fund as a strategic partner to contribute to investing in opening new branches for The Hub, in addition to the current three branches. However, Tenmou will continue to play its primary role and maintain ownership of shares in the existing three branches. 

On his part, the CEO of Tenmou, Mr. Nawaf Alkoheji, explained that the company’s business plan for the next phase will include continuing efforts to achieve optimal investment opportunities by supporting the funding of 15 new tech startups over the next three years. 

“This comes in line with our commitment to enhancing sustainability and growth opportunities at the local and regional levels.

“Tenmou has  funded more than 30 startups since its establishment in 2011 and has contributed to creating 200 job opportunities in the market to date, as well as enabling startups to raise follow up funding from local and regional investors worth $10 million,” He pointed out.

Tenmou was established as the first Angel Investment Company in Bahrain with the participation of 16 investors, including local businessmen and companies such as ALBA and Bahrain Development Bank. The company’s activities include several initiatives aimed at supporting the funding and growth of startups

These initiatives are not limited to funding opportunities but also extend to various development initiatives such as providing guidance and mentoring for startups, connecting them with a network of experienced entrepreneurs to benefit from their expertise in developing their businesses, connecting them with investors, and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship by hosting various events that contribute to funding startups. 

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