Berytech has partnered with Future Agro Challenge (FAC), for the third year in a row, to catalyze innovation in the agri-food industry and bring the FAC competition to Lebanon. The virtual event is taking place Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 3:00pm.
Five Lebanese startups will be competing to win the title of “Lebanese Agripreneur of the year” and represent Lebanon in the Global Agripreneur Summit 2021 and compete with the most promising agri-food startups from across the world for the title of “Agripreneur of the Year”.
This global competition targets food and agribusiness startups from various corners of the globe addressing national, regional and global challenges. Compost Baladi grabbed the Lebanese title in 2018, competing against 37 startups at the Global Agripreneurs Summit 2019 where farmers, agripreneurs, chefs, investors, organizations, policy makers, and other thought leaders meet and work together to help bring life to game changing innovations, and propel agriculture as a sustainable source of growth and economic development.
Startchy, a startup producing a 100% bioliquid product used as a natural edible coating to extend the shelf life of perishable produces was named Lebanon Agripreneur of the year 2017-2018.
Meet the 5 Finalists
For the year 2020, the five agri-food startups competing for the title are:
- Ground Vertical farming is developing a complete solution through fully automated vertical panels.
- Foodsight is an online platform that helps SME food manufacturers in overcoming their food safety challenges.
- Akle is developing a nutritious plant-based food bar.
- Thamra is a social enterprise aiming at alleviate the sufferings of both agriculture producers and consumers in Lebanon with an aim to grow regionally & internationally.
- Trustart is a one-stop platform offering professional assistance to any individual who has a land and wants to start planting it.
The virtual event will host Carla Tanas – founder of the Future Agro Challenge, which is her main initiative of Industry Disruptors – Game Changers. FAC is dedicated to put agripreneurs in the front lines and since its inception in 2015, it has been continuously growing, operating now in over 60 countries across 5 continents, including Lebanon.
Carla had joined us in Lebanon for the AFID 2019 to talk about FAC: “Today we are more connected, and we have the ability to increase information dissemination. Now is the time to put family farms back into the center of the food value chain. Farmers will start to use less to produce more, and in turn, with new technologies, we are going to be able to create more profitable, efficient, safe, and environment-friendly farms but one problem still remains.
How can you create the skilled labor we need?
Our solution is Future Agro Challenge, a global network that seeks forward-thinking farmers and agro-innovators from around the world creating glocal solutions. Glocal as in local solutions with global opportunities. We need to bring our farmers closer to the innovation ecosystem, we need to do this through a multi-stakeholder approach, and this is why a global network is very important. We bring in education, funding, access to market partnerships and new customers.”
Carla will join this year’s virtual event to talk about innovating in the agri-food sector in a fast-changing world. Make sure to sign up and join the conversation.
Tickets are available on this link: https://berytech.org/events/fac-lebanon-finals/
The Future Agro Challenge – Lebanon is organized thanks to the unwavering support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Lebanon and Berytech.