Beirut, June 22, 2018 – The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lebanon organized a visit for a business delegation of CEOs to Berytech Innovation Park with the purpose of showcasing Lebanese innovation and young entrepreneurship.
Delegation members included Andreas Spiess, co-founder and CEO of Solarkiosk – the last mile distribution hub and renewable energy-connectivity gateway to untapped markets at the Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP), Dr. Eric Schweitzer, President of the DIHK the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG – a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, Peter Mayr, Executive Partner of Terramar – one of Hamburg’s leading companies for import and export of technical goods from Europe to overseas and reverse, Olaf Hoffmann, Executive Partner of Dorsch Group – one of the largest independent planning and consulting companies in Germany, with international offices and project offices in 41 countries and, Armin Vogel, Executive Vice President of SSI Schäfer, leading manufacturer of bin systems and software solutions for waste management and recycling.
The delegation was met by Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy GM of Berytech, Dr. Nicolas Rouhana, GM of IM Capital, and Paul Chucrallah, Managing Director of Berytech Fund 2, as well as other team members from Berytech. Boujawdeh shared Berytech’s mission, goals and objectives in providing a dynamic environment for the creation and development of startups, fostering innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.
The delegation had the chance to meet with tech startup founders from the Berytech community who provided insight on their innovations.
“We wanted to showcase and exemplify Lebanese innovation and youth entrepreneurship to the delegation and of course Berytech was a great match,” commented Samy Saadi, First Secretary, German Embassy in Lebanon.
Toufic Azar, founder of Meacor, explained how they are developing a novel catheter that enables the accurate positioning and attachment of an implant in the heart through a minimally invasive approach that aims at reducing the area of the valve and stopping regurgitation.
As for Hassane Slaibi, founder of Band Industries, a music technology startup building the next generation musicians’ toolkit, he introduced the now famous Roadie Tuner – an automatic guitar tuner that is both quick and easy to use.
Rabih Kryem, founder of Reefkinetics, demonstrated his IoT-based automated aquarium monitoring and testing platform aiming at simplifying the management of aquariums by automating their monitoring and maintenance.
Hind Hobeika, founder of Instabeat also showcased her all-in-one swimming heart rate monitor with real-time feedback that seamlessly attaches to your own goggles with no chest belt. She explained how it enhances swimming performance and gives users insights after training.
And last but not lease, Omar Itani, founder of FabricAid, explained about his award-winning platform which 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.
Ramy Boujawdeh commented, “we at Berytech are always ready and proud to showcase our amazing Lebanese success stories, demonstrating Lebanese prowess in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.”