AGRYTECH ACCELERATOR /

Scaling Up Lebanese Agri-Food Startups

Berytech developed the Agrytech accelerator as a yearly program which includes a validation of market phase over two-months, an acceleration phase – where the startups work for 4 months on building their minimum viable product (MVP) in order to get traction, and finally, a 6-month incubation and growth phase, from which they graduate investment-ready, and with matching capital.

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 four tracks:

Farming

Solving challenges from the supply of products and materials to farming practices including harvesting

Post-Harvest

Solving challenges from the time the products are harvested and collected until they reach processors or consumers

Manufacturing & Processing

Solving challenges from the time the products reach processors through different transformation activities including packaging and distribution

Marketplace

Solving challenges online or offline in marketing, distribution, and exports of products and services

The Program's Timeline

Berytech developed the Agrytech accelerator as a yearly program from which startups graduate investment-ready and with matching capital.

2-Month Business Validation Phase

November – December
Grant total $2,000

Capacity building for up to 24 startups to validate and ensure products are fit to market, are scalable and the startup teams have the capability to take this challenge. The validation phase ends with an expert jury selecting the top 12 teams to go into the Acceleration Phase for 4 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.

    5-Month Business Acceleration Phase

    January – April
    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

        May – September
        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 12 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.

                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.