Lebanese Startup Shines at the Global Agripreneurs Summit

Posted on April 18, 2018

STARTCHY joined the Global Agripreneurs Summit 2018 on April 16, 2018 in Turkey and pitched in the finals of the Future Agro Challenge (FAC) global competition. The Lebanese startup enrolled in the Agrytech Program – developed by Berytech, won the Lebanese Agripreneur of the Year 2017 back in December. The team focused on sharing the MENA perspective on the future of agriculture innovation and participating in the roundtable with world impacters, change-makers & policy-makers. 

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Agrytech-supported startup STARTCHY and its founders Kayssar Eid and Richardos Lebbos interacted over workshops and B2B events and mentorship sessions. The startup, who has innovated a bio-coating for fruits and vegetable that extends their shelf-life, was part of the top 10 finalists of the FAC selected to pitch in front of a large audience of investors and experts.

“Getting to pitch in the FAC meant that we were not only participating in a worldwide competition, but we were also part of one of the best events to connect with people that share with us the same vision. It was a place to grow our network,” explains Richardos. “We got a lot of exposure and we met investors and impact-makers. We also learned a lot from experts about global problems related to agriculture, economy and health. We competed against startups with amazing ideas and landed a spot in the top 10, which gave us access to  many investors who were interested in our startup.”

 Global Agripreneurs Summit

The Global Agripreneurs Summit is an industry highlight in the agrifood tech sector that dives deep to understand where the source of our food is coming from. The Summit aims to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to the industry to reignite agriculture as a key pillar for global economical growth and sustainability. It showcases cutting-edge solutions from farm to fork; industry experts and stakeholders meetups for the potential of new synergies and cross border opportunities; and delivers the global stage to learn insights from influencers and controversial voices from the field of sustainability, food security, production and traceability.

The Future Agro Challenge Competition aims to push the envelope until innovative and fundable food, agtech and agriculture innovations have spread around the globe.

Executives from Unifert, a leading company in agribusiness in the region and a constant supporter to the Agrytech program, joined the team in their trip to have a first-hand interacting with this ecosystem and with future industry leaders and trend setters.