Helping SMEs Build Resilience Program

Berytech joins Youth Business International’s rapid response and recovery program, funded by Google.org, to support struggling businesses during the covid-19 crisis.

About The Program

The Rapid Response and Recovery Programme is led by Youth Business International (YBI) and funded by Google.org as part of ‘Grow Stronger with Google’, a program to help accelerate the MENA region’s economic recovery by offering digital tools, training and financial grants to support local businesses and job seekers.
The initiative supports underserved micro, small and medium businesses to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Berytech has been appointed as a delivery partner of YBI in Lebanon and will now work to develop and deliver an urgent package of support to struggling local businesses.For this project, Berytech has developed the Helping SMEs Build Resilience program that will be conducted over 12 months. It will be targeted at SMEs across Lebanon to support them in coping with the numerous crisis situations. The program will cover several modules.

Crisis Management

Financial Planning

Access to Markets & Internationalization

Personalized Coaching & Mentoring ​

Youth Business International has been awarded a US$ 5 million grant by Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm to support underserved micro, small and medium sized businesses to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The program will be implemented throughout 2020-2021 across 32 countries. It will focus on the most affected businesses and ensure that those particularly vulnerable groups of business owners, including young people (aged 18-35 years), women, refugees and other migrants, receive the specific support they need.

A holistic package of emergency support will be provided to business owners through YBI’s global network of enterprise support organisations, like Berytech in Lebanon, both YBI members and non-profit delivery partners. This includes crisis helplines, targeted advice and signposting, online training through webinars and mentoring. Google employees will volunteer to share their knowledge and expertise, helping business owners to upskill and adapt to the challenges they are facing.

“We are committed to supporting business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic and are excited to be part of YBI’s Rapid Response Recovery and Programme funded by Google.org”

Joanna Abi Abdallah, head of Business Development and Support at Berytech.

The Program Details

During this 12-month program, Berytech in collaboration with Google.org and YBI will provide immediate response and online trainings for SMEs. A direct Helpline will be available. For selected applicants, mentoring, business clinics and trainings will be offered by Berytech and Google experts.

Berytech’s Helping SMEs Build Resilience program will be conducted over 12 months and will cover four modules.

Crisis Management

  • what is a crisis
  • how to recognize and anticipate a crisis
  • manage crisis related stress and uncertainties
  • review your operations and processes
  • identify new revenue streams and readdress your business model

Technical Support hours administered for Crisis Management
Understanding the crisis, managing crisis related stress and uncertainties, reviewing your operations and processes, identifying new revenue streams and readdress your business model. The duration of this module is 25+ hours, presented in multiple sessions.

Financial Management & Planning

  • cash flow planning and forecasting
  • contract negotiation
  • digitizing your financial records and bank statements
  • managing your invoicing
  • identifying new funding opportunities

Technical Support hours administered for Financial Management and Planning
Mastering cash flow planning and forecasting, contract negotiation, digitizing your financial records and bank statements, managing your invoicing and identifying new funding opportunities. The duration of this module is 25+ hours, presented in multiple sessions.

Access to Markets & Internationalisation

  • market research
  • go-to market strategies and sales models
  • sales process and lead generation

The objective would be to connect and create partnerships for SMEs with startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and corporate clients to stimulate economic growth.

Technical Support hours administered for Access to Markets
Conducting market research, go-to market strategies and sales models, sales process and lead generation. The objective would be to connect and create partnerships for MSMEs with startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and corporate clients to stimulate economic growth. This module will be provided in 3 sessions of 3 hours each and followed by group coaching sessions on specific topics and as per the needs assessment of SMEs.

Personalized Coaching & Mentoring

This module will match selected applicants with Berytech or Google mentors to address a specific need to their business in individual sessions, and will grant access to the GrowthWheel® tool and other interesting Google tools

Selection Criteria

Applicants who wish to participate in the  program need to fit the following criteria:

  • MSME (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) with at least 5 employees
  • In ICT, Ed Tech, Ad Tech, Health Tech, Fin Tech, Digital Creative Industries & Multimedia
  • Exporting their services or with the potential to grow outside Lebanon
  • Applicants are able to demonstrate that they will be committed to the program

Meet the Partners

Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of expert organisations in over 50 countries supporting underserved young people to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities. Our vision is a world where youth entrepreneurship is recognised for driving sustainable economic development and all young people who want to set up a business can fulfil their potential. We connect our members to share expertise and collaborate on solutions to common challenges. Learn more.

Meet the Funders

Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, supports non-profits that address humanitarian issues and apply scalable, data-driven innovation to solving the world’s biggest challenges. We accelerate their progress by connecting them with a unique blend of support that includes funding, products, and technical expertise from Google volunteers. We engage with these believers-turned-doers who make a significant impact on the communities they represent, and whose work has the potential to produce meaningful change. We want a world that works for everyone—and we believe technology and innovation can move the needle in four key areas: education, economic opportunity, inclusion and crisis response. Learn more. 

start your application

Fill in this form to start your application. If you have any questions before applying, please contact us at support@berytech.org

Meet The Berytech Team

Meet the Berytech team members in charge of the program.

Need more info?

If you have any questions about the Program, please email us on support@berytech.org, and we will get back to you.

Contributing to SDGs

As a member of the Global Compact Network Lebanon, Berytech enacts the 10 principles of the UNGC and this program falls under Berytech’s mission to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.