Deadline October 31, 2021

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DAWERR CLEARINGHOUSE

Can you develop an e-commerce marketplace tHAT connectS sellers and buyers of recyclables?

Are you a company or an established startup interested in developing a digital marketplace for recyclables? Apply to the USAID DAWERR Clearinghouse to receive up to $43,000 in grants along with technical and business support to build and own the platform.

DAWERR CLEARINGHOUSE

Under the Diverting Waste by Encouraging Reuse and Recycling (DAWERR) activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by ECODIT, Berytech is organizing the DAWERR Clearinghouse co-creation bootcamp to support in developing a digital platform for source-separated recyclables to match demand and supply while ensuring transparency across the solid waste Recycling Value Chains (RVCs).

The DAWERR Clearinghouse activity is made up of four steps:

After successfully submitting the EOI, a round of shortlisting will follow. Selected teams will fill in another form to provide more details on their solution. A Technical Evaluation Committee will then evaluate the applications to shortlist 10 teams who will be invited to participate in the co-creation bootcamp in Step 2 below.

Held over four days, the DAWERR Clearinghouse co-creation bootcamp is an exciting opportunity allowing established companies and startups to learn about new trends, challenges and opportunities in the digital marketplaces, get inspired by success stories of other Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or startups in the Solid Waste Management ecosystem, work with coaches and receive guidance to further develop the concept, pitch their business model to receive feedback from the jury, and get the chance to be selected among the three winners and join the incubation program.

The three winners of the co-creation bootcamp will move to a three-month incubation program and receive an in-kind grant of up to $3,000 each and all the information needed to finalize the details of their solution, setting the roadmap of activities, assessing their needs and challenges, and be matched with experts. At the end of this phase, the three winners will have to compete for the first prize to continue to the last phase of the DAWERR Clearinghouse.

Only one winning team will be selected to continue the incubation phase for an additional six months, receive a grant up to $40,000 in total over two years and receive the business and technical support needed to develop their Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

THE CO-CREATION BOOTCAMP

The program of the DAWERR Clearinghouse Co-Creation Bootcamp focuses on teamwork, networking, coaching sessions with local experts, learnings, applied knowledge and exchange of expertise to help you explore the market, as well as develop a valid business model for the clearinghouse while receiving technical and practical guidance and interaction with experts, developing your revenue model, developing your commercialization and go to market strategy, and presenting your solution to a jury.

DAY 1 – DAY 2

In-presence Workshops

Get all the information you need regarding the process, the challenge and discover the opportunities in the Lebanese Market Place.

Fri, November 12, and Sat, November 13, 2021

DAY 3 

Virtual Clinics

Receive support from mentors and experts.

Mon, November 15, 2021

DAY 4

Pitching

Present your solution in a pre-recorded video to the jury to get the chance to be selected among 3 finalists.

Fri, November 19, 2021

THE GRANTS

3 winners

$3,000*

+ INCUBATION PHASE 1

*The top three winners will have access to an incubation program delivered by Berytech providing business and technical assistance to support the incubated teams in validating their business idea and receive an in-kind grant of up to $3,000 to be spent on the solution.

1 winner

$40,000*

+ INCUBATION PHASE 2 to develop your MVP 

Following the incubation phase, only one company will be selected to receive a grant of up to $40,000 in total over two years to develop the Clearinghouse.

WHO CAN APPLY

You are encouraged to apply if you are:

  • An established SME registered in Lebanon and working actively in the Solid Waste Management sector, and/or with an environmental scope.
  • An established startup that has been incorporated for at least 2 years in Lebanon, working actively in the Solid Waste Management sector, and/or with an environmental scope.
  • The SME or startup should have a multidisciplinary team (including preferably software developers).
  • Having an existing digital prototype or digital product launched in the market is a plus.

The Process:

  • Submit your application before October 31, 2021.
  • Shortlisted teams will be contacted by DAWERR team to provide additional details on their solution and complete their application.
  • 10 teams who successfully complete their application will be invited to attend the DAWERR Clearinghouse Co-Creation Bootcamp and develop their business model over 4 days. 
  • Pitch your idea/solution and get the chance to be selected among the three finalists and receive up to $3,000 in-kind grants to be used on your solution and a 3-month incubation at Berytech.
  • Only one of the three selected teams will be chosen and will receive a grant of up to $40,000 in total over a period of two years to develop the MVP of the Clearinghouse, a digital virtual marketplace for source-separated recyclables, and matching buyers and sellers while ensuring transparency across the solid waste RVCs. 

THE 4-DAY
SCHEDULE

  • Introduction and Challenge presentation: Teams will receive all the information they need for the challenge and discover the opportunities in the Lebanese Market 
  • Workshops: Review of global successful models to introduce different business and financial models.
  • Workshop on various revenue models 
  • Workshop on Business Model Canvas
  • Clinics: Working session with coach (per team) to discuss and review key elements of their proposed solution 

Sessions will be run on premises from 3:00pm-8:00pm

  • Workshop: Learn about trends, challenges and opportunities with digital Marketplaces (including revenue models) 
  • Workshop: Go to market (GTM) Strategy
  • Workshop: Building Partnerships
  • Clinics: Working session with coach (per team) to discuss key elements of their proposed solution
  • Pitching Workshop

Sessions will be run on premises from 10:00am- 6:00pm

Online Clinics to review and provide feedback on pitch deck.

Selection day  – recorded video

Teams will send a recorded pitching video of their solution to the jury to get the chance to be selected among 3 finalists. 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Participants will need to present their creative and hard work for the DAWERR Clearinghouse Co-Creation Bootcamp through a 3-minute pitch covering their innovative solution in a sustainable business model.

Innovation and Impact

  • Your business idea is original or new, or introduces a change made to an existing product, idea, or field.

Idea Validation

  • Your solution addresses the problem and market validation. The problem/opportunity is ubiquitous, and the solution is innovative and feasible.
  • The problem is worth solving, has a clear value, and matches the solution’s value proposition

Business Model

  • Your solution has a clearly defined model of “how they will generate revenue.”   

Target Market

  • The solution demonstrates a clear customer understanding and empathy and targets a specific pain or problem for a relevant stakeholder.
  • The solution has a clear understanding of the characteristics of their target customers

Team

  • Your team  demonstrates the ability to execute and are committed to the Clearinghouse.
  • Your team members’ backgrounds fit with the roles and responsibilities needed to take the idea forward.

Competitiveness and Scalability

  • The idea is competitive globally and has the potential to scale.

START YOUR APPLICATION

Deadline to Apply October 31, 2021

If you have any questions or need information, feel free to email us on grants@dawerr.org before October 23, 2021

THE CHALLENGE

“One company’s waste is another’s resource”.

“We are producing a tremendous amount of waste and most of it goes to landfill. One way to contribute to the recycling value chain is to get the recyclables into the marketplace and create demand for them. Nothing is really a waste; through the digital clearinghouse marketplace a second-life is given to recyclables and recycled products.” 

FAQ

The event is a hybrid event. The 10 selected teams will have to attend the first two days in Beirut while the remaining two days will be held online. You will receive all the needed information once you are selected among the 10 teams.

As a team, you are expected to present your suggested business model in a 3-minute pitch video.

To participate you need to be an established company or startup operating for more than 2 years working actively in the SWM sector / or with an environmental scope. 

Yes, two team members will have to attend the Bootcamp to get the chance to be selected among the top three finalists.

If you are selected among the top three winning teams, you will get the chance to receive all the support needed to develop your solution. After three months of incubation, only one team will be selected to continue with the incubation program and will receive up to $40,000 in grants over two years to develop the MVP.

Only companies and startups willing to develop a Clearinghouse will be evaluated. 

No, you need to be working actively in the Solid Waste Management sector, and/or with an environmental scope.

If you have any questions or need information, feel free to email us on grants@dawerr.org before October 23, 2021

The DAWERR Clearinghouse Co-Creation Bootcamp is organized by Berytech for the Diverting Waste by Encouraging Reuse and Recycling (DAWERR) Activity funded by USAID and implemented by ECODIT.

Learn more about the Procurements and Grants Policy for DAWERR Activities.

THE SDGS

As a member of the Global Compact Network Lebanon, Berytech enacts the 10 principles of the UNGC and DAWERR  falls under Berytech’s mission to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainable Development Goals

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