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Entrepreneurship competitions

Entrepreneurship competitions

 

The aim of this page is to highlight the role of stakeholders (incubators, educational sector, programs, business development and mentorship…) in promoting and supporting startups and SMEs, thus bringing awareness about their successes and needs to ensure growth and sustainability.

 

 

Francophone Entrepreneurial Women’s Award (Berytech)

 

Francophone Entrepreneurial Women's Award (FFE) is a yearly competition organized by Berytech in partnership with the Agence universitaire francophone (AUF), L'Orient-Le Jour and le Commerce du Levant designated to French-speaking woman entrepreneurs with a business idea or a startup. The winning projects get business and incubation support in addition to grants.

Contact
Joanna Abi Abdallah, Business Support Department, Berytech
+961-1-612500 ext. 1125
jabiabdallah@berytech.org

 

Winners of the 2017 edition

Labne&Facts

Labne&Facts (L & F) is a platform where Lebanese people who dream of both social and economic progress can learn, produce and publish information that represent them.

Contact
Marie Jose Daoud: mjdaoud@gmail.com
Soraya Hamdan: hamdan.soraya@gmail.com

Needs
Funding and growth.

YallaBus

YallaBus is the 1st Bus Assistant platform in Lebanon, where and like many other countries, traffic, pollution and over usage of cars as the only reliable alternative to commute, are haunting society. Their mission is to enhance, reshape and facilitate the use of transportation facilities in a city or country.

Contact
Therese Keyrouz: theresekeyrouz@yallabus.com
Ghassan Zougheib: Ghassanzughaib@yallabus.com

Needs
Funding and access to market.

 

Global Social Venture Competition (Berytech)

 

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is a global competition that empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into fundable, scalable ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Berytech is the Regional Partner of GSVC in Beirut.

Contact
Krystel Khalil, Berytech, Programs Director
+961-4-533040
kkhalil@berytech.org

 

 

Winner of the 2017 edition

Fabric AID

Fabric AID is a platform gathers second-hand clothes, sorts them, grades them, cleans them and then distributes them to the 250 pre-exiting second-hand shops in Lebanon or to their very own pop-up shops in under-privileged neighborhoods.

Contact
Omar Itani: omar@fabricaid.me

Needs
Funding and access to market.

 

Startup Booster Track (Berytech)

 

Berytech is a partner of a European funded project called The Next Society, aiming at empowering innovators in the MENA region. In the context of this project, there is a special track designed for STARTUPS, the “Start-up Booster Track” which opens key opportunities to support international growth for startups and access to markets. 3 winning startups were selected from Lebanon and got access to the following opportunities:

  • Access to networks to bridge with key markets and grow internationally
  • Access to international capacity building workshops
  • Access to mentoring services & a network of investors
  • Access to soft-landing programs in Europe, to build strategic partnerships
  • Participation in leading international events and trade fairs.

Contact
Krystel Khalil, Berytech, Programs Director
+961-4-533040
kkhalil@berytech.org

 

Winners (Video Summarizing the winning teams)

Moodfit

Moodfit is a hassle-free online home furnishing and decoration service from carefully selected professional interior designers. Moodfit is the 1st interior design platform in the MENA region.

Contact
Mohamad Sabouneh

Recyclo

Recyclo is the digital marketplace for scrap material trading offering a suite of services that helps scrap traders, garbage collectors, small and medium businesses (SMEs), factories, construction companies, universities, schools, local municipalities, NGOs working in the recycling industry, and small holder recyclers, trade scraps and recyclables at the local level and across borders and navigate price volatilities.

Contact
Hadi Fathallah

209 Lebanese Wines

209 is a marketplace platform offering the most exhaustive and diverse choice of Lebanese wines. It also offers an unmatched experience, advice, and service to help consumers select the right wine and get it at home hassle-free guaranteeing an unmatched wine experience.

Contact
Selim Yasmine

 

Agrytech (Berytech)

 

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The Agrytech Accelerator aims to advance innovative ideas in the Agri-Food sector into successful businesses with a global impact through startup funding, prototyping facilities, business coaching, customer access, industry connections and follow-up mentoring.

Contact
Fadi Naffah

 

Program's final beneficiaries

Startchy

Startchy synthesizes starch-based bio-plastic coating for fruits and vegetables aiming to offer an organic alternative to wax and vacuumed plastic for preserving food to extend their shelf-life.

Contact
Richardos Lebbos

Mekaprep

Mekaprep is launching a new concept in the Lebanese/Arab fast food production where it offers freshly made fast food through vending machines. The startup will launch through “Bake&Go”, a vending machine that offers the Lebanese Manoushe in under two minutes.

Contact
Abed El Kader Jawhar

Smart Gourmet

Smart Gourmet is a new cooking concept for ready-to-eat food with zero preservatives and long shelf-life using the sous-vide technique to cook traditional authentic food while attaining a standard recipe with great taste for every meal.

Contact
Jad Atallah: jad@mobigates.com
Charbel Kyrillos

EasyReady

EasyReady Hummus aims to create a fresh hummus dispenser, based on natural ingredients free from any preservatives. Recipes will be customizable and the hummus can be served by restaurants, fast-food chains, and supermarkets, replacing labor and/or refrigeration needs.

Contact
Fadi Fayad
Mother's cooking

Mothers Cooking is an online platform that connects hungry foodies with cooking mothers, allowing you to search your neighborhood for a delicious and healthy homemade cooked meal.

Contact
Rudy Rizk
Makanat

Makanāt is an online platform that connects food lovers, food entrepreneurs, and food businesses to short-term facility and processing line rentals.

Contact
Gabriel Bayram
Zeina Haroun
209 Lebanese Wine

209 is an online marketplace platform offering the most exhaustive and diverse choice of Lebanese wines.

It also offers an unmatched experience, advice, and service to help consumers select the right wine and get it at home hassle-free guaranteeing an unmatched wine experience.

Contact
Selim Yasmine
LifeLab

Lifelab provides the world’s smallest turnkey vertical hydroponic modules. These modules connect to each other and then ultimately to an industrial grade automation system that runs the entire grow process with very little human intervention.

Contact
Ali Makhzoumi

 

MSFEA Accelerator Program (AUB, April 2018 awards)

 

Internet of Building (IoB)

Infrastructure-less energy monitoring and optimization of buildings.

A smart Internet of Things electronics device that can replace the light switch in buildings to help them reduce their electric consumption (thus saving them money and contributing positively to the planet) by monitoring the energy consumption of various electric systems/devices, recommending ways to reduce it, and ultimately automatically optimizing the energy consumption for enterprises.

Contact
Samer Abu Thaher

SkanMD

A non-invasive, instantaneous, skin anomaly scanner aiming to change dermatology diagnostics. SkanMD uses the technology of electromagnetics to diagnose non-invasively by radio waves. As opposed to traditional diagnoses that begins with a biopsy and concludes with a result after ~ 1 or 2 weeks, skanMD provides instantaneous on-the-spot results.

Contact
Nader Shafi 

 

Darwazah Student Innovation Contest (AUB)

 

The Darwazah Student Innovation Contest is organized and sponsored by Samih Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship of the Olayan School of Business. The competition is open to all AUB undergraduate and graduate students. Participants to the competition submit a proposal for an innovative product, service, or a business process. The purpose of this competition is to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation among AUB students. It also aims at encouraging collaboration between students from different disciplines, to share knowledge and come up with a well-rounded and complete business proposal for a new product or service.

Contact
darwazah@aub.edu.lb
+961-1-350000 ext. 3714

 

Darwazah Student Innovation Contest 2018 Winners

WOODY (1st place - $10,000)

Woody is the future of safe, eco-friendly, and durable claddings. Fire resistant, aesthetic, and economic!

Contact
Elias Oska, +961-76-369806

WonderEd (1st place - $10,000)

KG-level algorithmic gaming - WonderEd teaches children algorithmic statements and develops their cognitive skills through storytelling.

Contact
A’laa Chbaro, +961-70-927904

DeLOC (2nd place - $5,000)

Lab on chip for oncology research – DeLOC created a Biochip that enables the growth of the full ductal tissue (cells & matrix) inside of it, in a way that mimics structurally and functionally the real human tissue. Knowing that ductal tissues are common places for the initiation & growth of cancers, and its metastasis to other parts of the body. Thus, the chip that we built, is a precise model that could be used by pharmaceutical companies to test the effects of the drugs that they are producing on the cancer metastasis in ductal tissues, in lower costs and a shorter period of time.

Contact
Waddah Malaeb, +961-71-253678

Mappin (1st runner up)

Mappin is a platform that connects tourist with reliable locals who can provide unique and authentic experiences. Our platform will allow tourists to experiences such as beekeeping, olive picking, but also hiking new trails, discovering hidden gems and living memorable adventures. Through our platform, locals will act as experience providers, gain exposure by reaching a large audience and benefit from extra income.

Contact
Jinane Chamseddine, +961-70-600536

MIXREAPP (2nd runner up)

A software for a hands-free plug-and-play solution using smart glasses which maximizes the efficiency of warehouse employees in large spaces by assisting them in navigation, package scanning and training.

Contact
Marwan Maalouf, +961-70-564641

 

USEK NVC

 

The USEK New Venture Challenge (USEK NVC) is the annual entrepreneurship competition organized at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik by The Asher Center. The teams receive the mentoring and the help needed in order to be able to pitch their ideas in front of investors and jury members.

Contact
Pascale Lahoud Abou-Jaoude

 

NVC 2018

 

Overlay(1st prize winner)

Create phone covers.

Contact
Jason Assaad, +961-76-451358

Needs
Funding, marketing and team.

Fusion (2nd prize winner)

Collaborative music platform. Allows people in remote geographical locations on collaborating to create music.

Contact
Hussein Fawaz, +961-70-991239

Needs
Funding, team and market testing.

 

Parasun (3rd prize winner)

A new Lebanese bio-liquid product that coats fruits and perishable food to extend its shelf life. It's 100% natural, harmless, flavorless and is aiming to be international.

Contact
Elie Nasr, +961-76-152423
Anthony Azzi, +961-70-854445

Needs
Funding and market testing.

 

NVC 2017

FreeKey (1st prize winner)

Serves revolutionary snacks rounding up the best healthy ingredients.

Contact
Maria Achkar, +961-71-641418

Needs
Funding and access to market.

HelpMePlant (2nd prize winner)

A gardening platform with 4 inputs (sun, water, altitude, type of plant) gives you the directory of suitable plants under these conditions, and links you to plant stores where you can buy them.

Contact
Reda Helbawi, +961-71-532326
Lina Al Khouri, +961-81-790261

Needs
Funding, testing and validation.

Startchy (3rd prize winner)

A new Lebanese bio-liquid product that coats fruits and perishable food to extend its shelf life. It's 100% natural, harmless, flavorless and is aiming to be international.

Contact
Ricardos Lebbos, +961-70-284658
Kayssar Eid, +961-76-168727

Needs
Faciliation for partnerships in Lebanon and funding.

 

USEK Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

 

The Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is a competition that was held on January 19, 2018 at The Asher Center. The teams received the assistance and the mentoring needed from the mentors and had to pitch for their startup that is involved in solving a social problem.

Contact
Pascale Lahoud Abou-Jaoude

 

You2Better (1st prize winner)

A platform that links patients with psychotherapists on an online platform.

Contact
Reda Helbawi, +961-71-532326
Lina Al Khouri, +961-81-790261

Needs
Funding and product development.

The Adventurist (2nd prize winner)

The adventurist puts a world of outdoor activities in the palm of your hand. Using prices, locations and reviews from people that experienced activities, you’ll be able to choose the right outdoor activity for you in a fast, easy and personalized way.

Contact
Georges Karam, +961-71-093033
Needs
Funding, product development and team.

 

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