DOT Launches The Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping

BEIRUT – November 18, 2016 – Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon and its partners launch the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping for Lebanon.

DOT Lebanon in Partnership with UNESCO, Berytech, MakeSense, Tahaki Portal & Lebanese League for Women in Business launched an exercise to map the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Lebanon, post to the award of a 4 years grant by the Canadian Government to implement a Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship project (Digital Livelihoods – DL) in several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA regions.

As a first step of implementing future programs in Lebanon; there is a need to understand better the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. In order to identify those ecosystems, a mapping exercise was allocated to DOT Lebanon and its Partners to learn about the existing and potential stakeholders that can contribute to the Social Entrepreneur journey mainly in Lebanon.

The areas that were part of this ecosystem mapping were Akkar and North, Bekaa, South and Nabatiyeh, Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

An event was held on November 18, 2016 at Berytech Mathaf for the official launching of the Social Entrepreneur Online Map. With its key partners: UNESCO, Berytech, Makesense, Tahaki and Lebanese League for Women in Business, DOT Lebanon revealed more about the future of implementing projects around Lebanon, and about the existing and potential stakeholders that can contribute to the Social Entrepreneur journey in Lebanon.

The event was followed by a networking session and a reception.



About Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon:


Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon is a non-profit organization that has been working with marginalized communities in Lebanon since it first introduced its ReachUp! program in partnership with Cisco Systems. The success of this pilot project allowed DOT Lebanon to expand, introducing new programs as a result of support from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD, formerly CIDA). Since 2013, DOT Lebanon has been working with World Learning as part of a USAID funded education project, “D-RASATI II,” which helps integrate ICT training into 126 public schools in the country.  In 2016 DOT Lebanon was Co Leading a project “The ICT in education-No Lost Generation: No Syrian child is left behind” to provide digital literacy training to 10 education caregivers from World Vision Lebanon. In addition, DOT Lebanon is providing an intensive In-service ICT Training for Teaching and Learning on TeachUp! curriculum to train teachers in the Zahle and Mtein schools with A World At School. Recently, DOTLebanon is providing a workshop on developing the digital skills for around 80 teachers in the Bekaa Area with Social Support Society and Thaki.



About Berytech:


Berytech a leading organization in the Entrepreneurial Eco-system in Lebanon, has 3 Business Development & Innovation Centers, 3 Funds, and Several Programs. It includes a number of legal structures supporting start-ups and SMEs in the Knowledge economy. Berytech provides a conducive environment for the creation and development of startups, through incubation, business support, counseling, funding, networking and company hosting, hence taking part in the economic revival of the country, participating in wealth and job creation, and retaining graduates and hi-level skills in Lebanon. Throughout the years, it has been a model in governance and has always championed best practice


About MakeSense:


Makesense empower people to engage in projects and challenges that help social entrepreneurs. By solving multiple concrete challenges, they contribute to solutions for some of the biggest problems faced by our society. They turn social engagement into an easy, fun and efficient learning experience, accessible to absolutely everyone at a global scale. Thus, making it possible for individuals all over the world with different backgrounds to act at a local level for a global mission


About Tahaki:

Tahaki is a social platform that enables activists and civil society organizations across MENA to use location in overcoming barriers and maximizing impact of theirs local civic efforts


About Lebanese League for Women in Business:

The Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) founded in 2006 out of belief in women empowerment.  Since then, and for more than 10 years, we have provided capacity building, networking opportunities, and access to funding and career guidance for more than 180 women across Lebanon.

As a socio-economic, apolitical and non-religious association, LLWB is a strong upholder of an all-inclusive, non-discriminatory, and equal opportunities policy where all of the women who benefit from our services are selected solely based on their merit and professional promise. We are driven by our mission to encourage women to take the lead and succeed, and continuously strive to make this possible through a diverse program of capacity building courses, knowledge sharing seminars and professional training workshops.

We are proud of what we have managed to do till now, we at LLWB are never content to settle for the achievements of the past. Our vision for 2017, beyond the further development of all our existing initiatives, is to help have more International award winners, as well as participate and affect the active citizenship impact among a variety of local Lebanese initiatives.

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