Berytech is looking to expand its team by hiring an Agri-Food Specialist.
As an Agri-food specialist, you will play an advisory and guidance role to startups in our accelerator program. You will be heavily involved in the agriculture and food startups, from connecting them to field experts, prototyping to finished products, and providing help to open both new marketplaces (sourcing and selling) and establishing partnerships to accelerate their startups.
You will also be actively involved in the program outreach to attract innovative Agri-food startups in Tech, Engineering and Food Innovations, as well as young professionals, that will feed the pipeline of creating the next-gen Agripreneurs.
You would also be working closely with QOOT – Lebanon’s Agri-food Innovation Cluster, and other programs to create the synergies and linkages in the field.
Scope of Work
The Agri-Food Specialist will be responsible for leading the Agri-Food Track under Berytech’s ACT Smart Innovation Hub Initiative, ensuring that the entrepreneurship programs and the cluster, EU-funded projects, and other related working groups growth are up to the expectations of the program.
The Agri-food specialist will be entirely responsible for leading the startup’s sector technical support and operations of the program in close collaboration. This would be inclusive of the following.
Events and workshops: Direct and organize various workshops/events/webinars for the program, and execute the same with the help of team members, external consultants, and Berytech’s Communications & Outreach Department
Partnerships: Forge partnerships with other organizations for providing services to the startups or the organization; marketing the program, sponsorships, etc. Liaise with the government, academia and industries, locally and internationally
Marketing the Agri-Food track and its Development: Be the face of the Agri-Food track and actively promote it through various channels, work with Berytech’s Communications & Outreach Department on ensuring maximum exposure
Prepare all required reports and maintain a comprehensive set of records on all related activities
Liaison with other related projects related to the sector (consortium, innovation funds, etc.)
Startups Acceleration component
Pre-incubation: Deal Flow generation, Screening of proposals, Research, Patent landscaping, working with entrepreneurs on market validation through the acceleration team
Mentor Network: Develop the mentor network for the accelerator program and work with the accelerator team to make the supported ventures successful
Acceleration and Incubation: Lead formation of new business and keep track of the Incubation process; help the startups prepare proposals, connect to market, clients, users, get funding, etc.
Funding for Incubatee Projects: Work in coordination with senior management for setting up grant support and seed funds for startups
Bachelor of Agriculture, with an M.Sc. or MBA, is needed
Passionate about innovation and knowledgeable about new technologies and trends in the AgriTech sector
Fluent in Arabic and English (verbal and written) – French is a plus
Five+ years’ experience in Agriculture field
Proven experience implementing projects in agriculture, agribusiness, and value chains preferable product development/field experience
Relevant experience in smart agriculture practices, food security and agribusiness programs, agriculture value chains, NGOs, donor organizations or the private sector
Knowledge of technology trends, industry participants and leaders in the developer community
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Excellent analytical skills, enabling comprehension and development of complex business and technical issues, topics, and plans.
Able to distill widely variant feedback into root cause issues and provide actionable feedback to other stakeholders.
Ability to multi-task; balance short-term and long-term goals.
Able to coach and mentor a broad array of startups.
An assertive personality that can manage multiple project teams
Strong interpersonal and networking skills, a connector, with a genuine interest in supporting the success of others
Able to influence in a highly matrixed and rapidly changing environment
If you feel that you fit the profile, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, including only in the subject email ‘Agri-Food Specialist.’ Also, include a short paragraph (100 -200 words) stating how your skills are a perfect fit for the position and describing your passion for helping startups to grow. Only resumes sent with this paragraph will be considered.
The ACT Smart Innovation Hub is a new approach by Berytech aimed at strengthening business advancement, economic growth and job creation in the Agri-food and Cleantech sectors in Lebanon. The initiative will run over 36 months from September 2019 to August 2022. It includes two accelerator programs – Agrytech and Cleanergy.