Berytech with the support of UNICEF launched the Advanced Incubation Program for ten startups as part of UNICEF’s Generation of Innovation Leaders Program – GIL, funded by the Government of the Netherlands. The startups participated in a training by INJAZ and Nawaya Network alongside 400 other startups and will enter a 3-month incubation phase at Berytech to help them re-assess their business model, pitching skills, strategy, and digital marketing plans.
The Incubation Program Kickoff
Hala Nassif, Advanced Incubation Program Lead, conducted a needs assessment to determine the ten startups that will be part of the incubation program. The founders were invited to the Berytech Offices in Mar Roukoz to meet the trainers who will be working with them for the coming months. The Berytech team also held a session with each entrepreneur and their assigned coach to plan the program based on each startup’s needs.
Hadil Ankouny, Berytech’s GIL Program Director, discussed the scope of work and goals of the Advanced Incubation Program.
“GIL program works to assist the marginalized youth in rural areas, empower them through technical, digital, and lifelong learning skills development, equip them for professional readiness and employability, as well as to introduce them to design thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship”Stated Ankouny.
The ten startups who will be participating in the program are City Green, Organic Charcoal, Azola, Natural Valley Bounties, Coppe, Waste Lab, Zeraet El Asmek, Cultiva, Mouneh, M Products, and Oyster Mushroom.
“Berytech has gathered a pool of proficient and skilled experts to support the ten startups in sustaining and scaling their businesses. For this, the program will provide them with business and technical training sessions coupled with coaching and mentoring sessions under the business development support program”Explained Carla Saba, Deputy GM at Berytech.
The program will conclude with the selection of the top three to five startups to participate in a Berytech acceleration program.
About The Program
The Generation of Innovation Leaders (GIL – جيل) is a program by UNICEF designed to address the high unemployment rates among youth in Lebanon & their lack of access to the knowledge economy.
UNICEF has established 8 Innovation Labs (the total number of planned Gil labs being 13) and has equipped over 12,000 youth from all over Lebanon with Digital, Social Entrepreneurship, and Design Thinking skills in addition to Tech Woodwork courses.
Learn more: https://www.unicef.org/lebanon/GIL