Posted on August 4, 2020
Under different funded initiatives, Berytech develops and manages activities for regional and international programs, opening up fundraising opportunities and international linkages, as well as leading initiatives fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
The following showcases both the continuing and the new initiatives in 2019, including ENI CBC Med, ACT Smart Innovation Hub, and The Next Society.
Home to some of the world’s most ancient civilizations, hub for trade and transport, unique hotspot for biodiversity, the Mediterranean faces a multitude of common challenges, including climate change, pollution, youth unemployment and social inequality.
Acting together to address these challenges and improve the lives of men and women across the region is the impetus for the 2014-2020 ENI CBC “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme”. ENI CBC Med is the largest Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) initiative implemented by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).
Program Donor: European Union ENICBCMED
Implementing Period: 2014-2020
The general objective of the Programme is to foster fair, equitable and sustainable economic, social and territorial development, which may advance cross-border integration and valorize participating countries’ territories and values. The strategy is based on the following two overall objectives: (1) Promoting economic and social development and (2) Addressing common challenges in the environment.
Berytech is involved in two of the four thematic objectives, highlighted below.
Priority A.1.1 – Support innovative start-ups and recently established enterprises, with a particular focus on young and women entrepreneurs, and facilitate the protection of their intellectual property rights and commercialisation where applicable
Priority A.1.2 – Strengthen and support euro-Mediterranean networks, clusters, consortia and value-chains in traditional sectors and non-traditional sectors
Priority A.1.3 – Encourage sustainable tourism initiatives and actions aimed at diversifying into new segments and niches
Project involving Berytech: GIMED which aims to support the creation and development of eco-innovative startups in the field of the green and circular economy in the Mediterranean.
Priority A.2.1 – Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results, strengthening the linkages between research, industry and other private sector actors
Priority A.2.2 – Support SMEs in accessing research and innovation, also through clustering
Project involving Berytech: BESTMEDGRAPE which aims to turn waste from winemaking into valuable and innovative commercial health products, supporting at the same time the creation of new businesses.
As the name implies, the A.C.T. Smart (acronym for Agri-Food & CleanTech) Innovation Hub is a new out-of-the-box approach by Berytech aimed at strengthening business advancement, economic growth and job creation in the Agri-food and Cleantech sectors in Lebanon.
Initiative Donor: The Kingdom of The Netherlands
Creating opportunities for innovators, including youth and women, through accelerating job creation and stimulating competitiveness from Lebanon by leveraging and developing capacities, creating an enabling environment, and increasing linkages between Research and Industry for local SMEs and Startups.
American University of Beirut, ELCIM, IRI, Food Valley, Wageningen University & Research, Yes DELFT
Arcenciel, cewas middle east, IM Capital , IPTEC, Fondation Diane, Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, Rene Mouawad Foundation
The novelty of Berytech’s ACT Smart approach is fourfold.
Acceleration: Berytech is converting innovative ideas to growing businesses supporting job creation and economic growth through two accelerator programs: Agrytech for agri-food innovation and Cleanergy for cleantech innovation. The programs each offer up $100K in grants and business support over 11 months.
Clustering: initiated by Berytech and the Kingdom of The Netherlands, QOOT Cluster is strengthening the Agri-Food private sector, by increasing innovation practices strengthening resilience, and international competitiveness.
Think Tank: With the aim to support the creation of work groups to lobby for better enabling innovation andinvestment landscape, Berytech has partnered with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs of the American University of Beirut who will be in charge of hosting the working groups on Waste, Energy and Water, as well as developing a paper on Sustainable Agriculture.
IP Valorization: Berytech has partnered with The Euro-Lebanese Centre For Industrial Modernisation (ELCIM) of the National Industrial Research Institute who will be in charge of mobilizing Academia and Research institutions to work on commercializing IP for Industry. Four (4) Grants totaling US$100,000 are made available to researchers, with potential to join Agrytech or Cleanergy Accelerator Program in 2020 or 2021.
Berytech is the official partner of THE NEXT SOCIETY in Lebanon, whose goal is to help shape the future of the Mediterranean by mobilizing entrepreneurs, innovators and corporate ecosystems to tackle the innovation and sustainable development challenges faced in the region.
Program Donor: Europeaid
Program Duration: 2017-2021
For the third year in a row, Berytech partnered with THE NEXT SOCIETY to offer Lebanese startups the opportunity of competing in the Startup Booster Track allowing them to receive tailor-made support to help them go international and raise funds.
Out of the 24 startups who applied, 10 were shortlisted to pitch to a jury who then chose then 3 winners: TeensWhoCode, Live Love Recycle and Cloudsale.
The Startup Booster Track program is developed for early-stage startups in the MENA region who offer impact-driven solutions in technology, food environment, energy, health and social impact. It offers the winners a one-year mentoring program that includes immersion in the European market, expansion of their networks, international business development missions and power-dinners with high level investors to raise funds.
THE NEXT SOCIETY mentoring programs enable participants to be inspired by experienced leaders and successful entrepreneurs. The program – which lasts one year to better support the startups through the crucial times of their journey, is delivered in English, Arabic and/or French by Mowgli Mentoring that has run over 85 mentoring programs across 13 MENA countries and the UK since 2008.
ANIMA Investment Network, THE NEXT SOCIETY and Mowgli Mentoring launched a mentoring program enabling 9 innovators to be matched with 9 experienced mentors. After 360 successful mentoring sessions, a graduation ceremony took place in Jordan.
The pioneering cohort successfully completed the 12-month regional mentoring program which supported participants from Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon including mentees Naim Nasreddine – CEO of Towbe, and Selim Yasmine – founder of 209 Lebanese Wine, and mentors Naila Saba – Co-founder at Avoid Agency and Toufic Gebran – Founder of the Gebran Group.
This graduation ceremony brought together representatives from the European Union, ANIMA Investment Network, Mowgli Mentoring and other implementing partners of THE NEXT SOCIETY as well as the program participants. The ceremony celebrated each person’s journey, highlighted the impact achieved over the past 12 months and provided support for mentor-mentees pairs who will continue with their mentoring relationship beyond the structured program. Notably, Naim Nasreddine and Toufic Gebran were awarded ‘Most Impactful Mentorship Relationship’.