Advocacy Panel for An Innovation Policy

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 3:00 till 4:00 pm (Beirut Time) · Zoom Webinar

Under THE NEXT SOCIETY project, Berytech is organizing the fourth advocacy panel meeting to showcase the project’s achievements over five years and highlight the impact of the activities held under it to empower the Lebanese Technology Transfer Ecosystem on a national scale.

The panel comes following the three advocacy panels organized between November 2017 and March 2020, and in the context of the last year of THE NEXT SOCIETY Project. It will gather representatives from the Lebanese entrepreneurship ecosystem including accelerators, incubators, donors, program beneficiaries and academia in addition to the regional network of THE NEXT SOCIETY stakeholders from the Mediterranean.


The advocacy panels held under the THE NEXT SOCIETY project act as a national task force that facilitate public-private-academic dialogue, provide benchmarks and analyses, and share experiences on innovation and competitiveness with the aim to strengthen the innovation system, foster the coordination among actors involved, and improve concrete instruments of the innovation policy.

The main objective of the upcoming Advocacy Panel 2021 is to showcase the impact that THE NEXT SOCIETY had on the Lebanese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for the past 5 years through the implementation of various activities, to strengthen the Lebanese technology transfer ecosystem and elevate the innovation capabilities, in collaboration with key local and regional experts and partners.

The Advocacy Panel will highlight:

–          The main outcome of the national recommendations and strategies developed to strengthen Intellectual Property (IP) innovation and foster an enabling environment for technology transfer.

–          The impact of the programs and initiatives developed in this field.

–          Success stories from the program’s beneficiaries: Testimonials and exchange of experiences.

–          The importance of sustaining THE NEXT SOCIETY Mediterranean network and the way forward.

The Advocacy Panel meeting also aims at exploring future and continuous collaborations between Berytech and regional innovation stakeholders that can support the Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer Ecosystems in Lebanon after discussing the progress that has been achieved by Lebanon.

The event is open for:

–          THE NEXT SOCIETY regional network

–          Lebanese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: accelerators, incubators, donors, universities, innovation stakeholders

–          Program’s beneficiaries


15:00 – 15:05

Welcome Session

  • Welcome Speech, Ms Tala Saleh, Programs Manager at Berytech

15:05 – 15:08

THE NEXT SOCIETY: 5 years of impact & the way forward 

  • Opening Speech, Mr. Mathias Fillon, Coordinator of THE NEXT SOCIETY

15:08 – 15:11

THE NEXT SOCIETY Impact for the Lebanese Ecosystem

  • Opening Speech, Ms. Krystel Khalil, Projects Lab Director at Berytech

15:11 – 15:14

 TNS Wrap Up Video

15:14 – 15:24

Boosting the Technology Transfer Ecosystem in Lebanon 

  • Fireside Chat: Ms. Krystel Khalil, Projects Lab Director at Berytech and Mr. Mohab Anis, CEO of Innovety

15:24 – 15:27

Success story (Local Innovation Factory): the first image analysis and AI software that analyzes OCT corneal scans

  • Testimonial, Mr. Jad Farid Assaf, Co-founder at OCT Analysis 

15:27- 15:42

Research 2 Innovation Lab program: Empowering technology transfer offices and innovations in 4 Lebanese Universities – Panel Session

  • Moderator: Mr. Mathias Fillon, Coordinator of THE NEXT SOCIETY 
  • Panelists: Dr. Mohammed Jafari from I-Park  – Dr. Desiree El Hajj from USJ – Prof. Hadi Kanaan from USJ –  Dr. Joseph Saab from USEK – Dr. Lara Hanna from USEK

15:42 – 15:47

Internationalization program: Supporting Lebanese ventures to access global markets

  • Power Talk, Mr. Charly Bechara, General Secretary at AFPI  

15:47 – 15:52

The power of a soft-landing program to support startups’ growth

Power tips, Mr. Hédi Michau, Founding partner and Ms. Abir Frikha, Programs Manager at Factory 319

15:52 – 15:55

Success story and outcome: A platform for online assessments, replacing video monitoring with lesser privacy-invasive technology

Testimonial, Mr. Mike Harb, Co-founder at Sila 

15:55 – 15:58

E-softlanding mission Outcome: Hemostatic sponges designed and optimized to instantly stop severe bleeding.

Testimonial, Mr. Hassan Azazy, Co-founder at Nano Ebers

15:58 – 16:00


Join the Advocacy Panel for An Innovation Policy


The Next Society’s 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. The Next Society gathers a large network of over 300 business and innovation, research, and investment organizations, 2,500 international SMEs and entrepreneurs from 30 countries.


The Phemac Go2Market Hackathon and Acceleration Program is a regional virtual event.

At the end of the hackathon, a pitch of your early-stage prototypes, technology solutions and applied research will be presented in front of an internal jury and 8 participants will be selected to go through the acceleration program. They will then have the chance to pitch their solution at the Virtual Tunisian Innovation Week held in January.  with more than 250 people attending. 

You can apply as a team. 2 members per team maximum.

Yes, the hackathon is a 3 days intense training 

Need more info?

If you have any questions about THE NEXT SOCIETY, please contact:

Ms. Tala Saleh, Programs Manager at Berytech: