8th Edition of the Femme Francophone Entrepreneure Competition

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The 2019 edition of the “Femme Francophone Entrepreneure” (FFE) competition was launched under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Violette Khairallah Safadi, Minister of State for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth. 

The competition is organized by AUF Middle East and Berytech, in partnership with L’Orient-Le Jour and le Commerce du Levant, with SGBL as strategic partners and LLWB as community partners. For the past 8 years, it has been promoting women’s entrepreneurship in Lebanon.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Every year, a €20,000 award is granted to the most promising projects. Winners receive the necessary support for the creation of their companies, as well as incubation for 6 months at Berytech, valued at $10,000. L’Orient-Le Jour and Le Commerce du Levant have partnered with the competition since 2016 providing the winners with media support and visibility.

This new edition will reward two enterprise creation projects. The call for applications was launched on May 15, 2019 on the partners’ websites and social media. 

It is worth noting that 90 applications were received in 2018, which shows the attractiveness of this pioneering francophone competition in Lebanon. Maya Bacha, co-founder of Sidelick – an innovative pet-sitting service, and Marielle Khayat, co-founder of Koullouna – a company which ships to expats and amateurs from Lebanon parcels containing products from Lebanon, won the 2018 edition and they currently benefit from the necessary support for the development of their company.


The competition is organized in 4 phases:

Phase 1 – first online application: Submission of an application. Deadline: June 20, 2019. The results, along with the names of the 25 applicants, will be announced on June 28, 2019.

Phase 2 – training: 4 training days open to the 25 applicants who were shortlisted in July 2019: Monday, July 1, 2019, Monday, July 8, 2019, Monday, July 15, 2019 and Monday, July 22, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Berytech Mathaf, 10th floor.

Phase 3 – second online application: Submission of the complete file with a business plan before August 16, 2019. On August 30, 10 semi-finalists will be announced and will undergo intensive training on their pitch. A committee of representatives from AUF Middle East, Berytech, l’Orient-Le Jour and le Commerce du Levant, as well as SGBL, will assess the pitches and select 5 finalists on September 17.

Phase 4 – final pitch: The 5 finalists will pitch before the jury and the public on September 25, 2019. The two winners will be announced on the same day.

To apply: https://competitions.berytech.org/ffe/

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