Training Session with Ralph Stephan on August 9, 2019
Berytech organizes #FinanceFridays – a program which aims to offer an opportunity to startups and SMEs for getting investment-ready, identifying the right channels of funding, and raising funds.
Debt financing of any project is well developed in Lebanon, because of the strong banking sector. But the risky nature of SMEs and in particular startups, makes it difficult for banks to grant them loans.
Kafalat SAL – a financial organization facilitating access to finance for SMEs in Lebanon, has been supporting SMEs and startups access debt financing since the year 2000.
For this session, Ralph Stephan – responsible for the Innovation & Energy Programs at Kafalat SAL, will explain financing through debt. The session will focus on 3 aspects:
Date: Friday, August 9, 2019
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Price: Free of charge
Venue: Berytech Innovation Park – Mathaf, Damascus Road, 10th floor
About the Expert
Ralph Stephan is a Mechanical Engineer responsible for the Innovation & Energy Programs at Kafalat SAL, a financial organization facilitating access to finance for SMEs in Lebanon. He juggles between assessing the technical feasibility of renewable energy projects, and evaluating the plans of young and innovative start-ups, helping them get financed, and keeping their feet on the ground.
He worked with international engineering consulting firms in Sweden, France and Saudi Arabia, before falling for the Finance sector in Lebanon. In addition, he is an avid Toastmaster, and previously served as Area Director of Toastmasters Lebanon, a chapter of Toastmasters International, a 95 years old organization aimed at improving leadership and communication skills
He holds a Master of Science degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. as well as a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
His motto is: “Impossible itself says I’m possible.”