AGRYTECH ACCELERATOR /

Launch & Grow your Agri-Food Startup

Berytech is sourcing the next agri-food innovators to help them grow their idea into a successful business with global impact. If you’re innovating in agriculture or food, join the fourth batch of the Agrytech Program and get up to $100k in funding and support to scale your business to success within 1 year.

Applications for Batch IV are now open. Apply before January 1, 2021.

The Accelerator in Brief

The Agrytech Accelerator is a yearly 3-phase program through which Berytech supports startups with innovations across the agri-food sector, offering them the resources, knowledge, and funding to scale their ideas and grow into an international business with global impact.

Startup Funding

Up to $37K cash injection in
accelerated startups

Prototyping Facilities

Access to an electronics & hardware Fabrication Lab with technical support

Business Coaching

Bootcamps, training sessions and master classes developing entrepreneurial competencies

Customer Access

Promotion and visibility in local & international markets

Industry Connections

Linkages to Agri-Food community & pool of dedicated experts

Follow-on Mentoring

Intensive mentoring trajectories with follow-on immersion in Europe

“Agriculture is a national matter, and Lebanon can play a role in the food security of the region, given the microclimates it has, as well as its human capital and entrepreneurship mindset.” 

Maroun N. Chammas – Berytech Chairman & CEO

Who can Apply

Berytech sources startups and SMEs at an idea or early stage with a creative solution to a challenge in food and agriculture or with a working solution that can be adapted to the agri-food industry.

Accepted solutions are technology-based (hardware, software, or a combination of both) or an innovative food and beverage product, and which fall under one of these five tracks.

Berytech has partnered with stakeholders in the Lebanese agri-food sector to discuss the challenges they are facing that require innovative solutions. These challenges are proposed to the participants of the Agrytech Hackathon and those applying to the Accelerator, who can choose a challenge to work on.

We encourage you to go through them and apply your critical and innovative thinking to creating solutions, no matter what your background is.

Farming

Farming Challenges in land use and planning, water pollution, import substitution and post-harvest conditioning.

Packaging & Marketing

Food Industry Challenges in packaging, business sustainability, customer behavior, marketing, logistics and cold chain management.

Rangelands & Forestry

Rangelands and Forestry Challenges in forest pest prevention and irrigation of forest lands that require innovative solutions using science and technology.

Fishing & Aquaculture

Fishing and Aquaculture Challenge where fishermen have an immediate challenge to locate new and safe fishing locations that fit their available safety equipment.

Management Support & Extension

Management Support Challenges in extensions, voucher schemes, cooperation and coordination, online learning for technical schools, lab testing and result release are facing the agri-food sector in Lebanon and the region.

The Program's Timeline

Berytech developed the Agrytech accelerator as a yearly program from which startups exit with a validated, investment-ready business.

2-Month Business Validation Phase

January – March
Grant total $2,000

Capacity building for up to 24 startups to validate and ensure that their solutions solve a wicked problem, are scalable and that the startup teams can take their challenge. The validation phase ends with an expert jury selecting the top 12 teams to go into the Acceleration Phase for four months.

  • The initial intensive bootcamp is followed by a 2-month cycle of support during which the teams are introduced to market validation, team dynamics, and how to manage startups.
  • The support phase also includes one-on-one clinics with each team to help them address any emerging concern.

    4-Month Business Acceleration Phase

    April – July
    Grant total $15,000

    Support for up to 12 startups to build the minimum viable product – MVP, and test it with early adopters, capacity building to establish the business from a financial, marketing, management and operational levels and business pitching. The acceleration phase ends with an expert jury selecting the top 8 companies to go into the Incubation Phase for 5 months.

    • Teams have access to Berytech’s Fab Lab and a pool of experts and product developers to help them build their MVP
    • The teams are linked to early adopters to test and further refine their products.
    • Teams have access to an immersion program in the Netherlands

        5-Month Incubation & Growth Phase

        August – December
        Matching Grant Total up to $20,000

        Support for up to 8 startups in scaling, including hands-on fundraising support in negotiation, legal, terms sheets, and market access.

        • Up to 8 finalists receive coaching services on all aspects of product development, launching, scaling up, Intellectual Property, etc.
        • Teams receive additional “out of the box” support through MIT’s Confideo Venture Mentoring Services approach, where Berytech mobilizes a group of Senior Executives from leading companies in Lebanon, the Netherlands and internationally.
        • Teams test and validate their Apps and service solutions with provided support using the Living Lab approach.
        • Three teams benefit from international exposure and a soft-landing program in cooperation with Dutch/EU partners.

                start your application

                Fill in this form to start your application and submit it before January 1, 2021. If you have any questions before applying, please contact us at agrytech@berytech.org

                Need more info?

                If you have any questions about Berytech’s Agrytech Program, please email us on agrytech@berytech.org, and we will get back to you.