Launching the 5th edition of the “Women Entrepreneurship” Competition ”FFE 2016”

“Femme Francophone Entrepreneure” 2016 (FFE)  calls French-speaking women entrepreneurs to present their business projects and receive up to € 20,000 in financial support and incubation at Berytech.

L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and Berytech has partnered with L’Orient-Le Jour and Le Commerce du Levant for the 5th edition of the competition, launching it on Tuesday 12 April at Berytech Health & Technology Mathaf around a brunch event. Two winning projects under the categories of “Startup” and “Idea” will receive the financial support in addition to following a mentorship track under the Berytech incubation program.


The launching event hosted several successful women entrepreneurs who exposed their journey and their innovative businesses, featuring:

Grace Maroun who has recently created; a company specialized in creating digital experiences based on her experience in UX design and coding. Grace talked about the challenges she faces in an industry mostly dominated by men and the successes she had in selling her services worldwide.

Stephanie Hanna, winner of FFE 2015 founded, an online tag printing service. Stephanie used the business and financial support she received from the FFE competition to fast track the growth of her startup and to perfect her business model. She calls herself a mompreneur, delicately balancing the challenges of full time motherhood and starting a business.

Randa Farah winner of FFE 2014 with her online platform, Lebanon’s event promotion platform, recounted her entrepreneurial journey of co-founding Lebtivity and changing people’s perception of Lebanon, by showcasing all the wonderful events happening in the country every single day.

The competition is supported by the Wehubs, the first European community connecting organizations supporting Women Web Entrepreneurs, giving them access to support services, mentoring facilities, tools and resources, motivation and inspiration by connecting them to a network of successful women entrepreneurs.


The competition is open for all francophone women with a viable business idea or a startup of less than 3 years. Projects will be evaluated based on feasibility, innovation and financial viability. Application doors will be closed on May 15, 2016. Details for application are available on this link.

L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) is an international association. It brings together universities, colleges, university networks and scientific research centers using the French language in the world. With a network of 817 members in 106 countries, it is one of the largest associations of higher education and research institutions in the world.

Established in 2001, Berytech celebrates its 15 years in 2016. With 3 incubator sites: Berytech Technology Pole (Mar Roukoz), Berytech Technology Health (Mathaf) and Berytech Digital Park (Bashoura), Berytech supports 85+ startups and 700 individuals who benefit from trainings, mentoring and coaching, access to new markets…

L’Orient-Le Jour, a Lebanese newspaper published in Beirut, is the only daily French-speaking publication in the Middle East. Several publications are part of the Orient-Jour newspaper group: The monthly supplement for teens ” JUNIOR ” and the monthly supplement “L’ORIENT LITTERAIRE”.

Le Commerce du Levant, published since 1929, is the only francophone economic periodical in Lebanon and the Middle East. It is part of the group of L’Orient-Le Jour since 1998. Le Commerce du Levant offers its readers the essentials of economic and financial news and in-depth analysis of the Lebanese and regional economy.

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