Our Partners

Berytech has made sure to involve active partners from its network, social ventures, organizations, funds and institutions as part of the program. These partners bring their knowledge, experts, networks and support in different fields to multiply the impact of the program through reinforcing the work of the startups in it. Meet the Impact Rise Program partners.

Alfanar is a venture philanthropy organization that provides early and growth stage social enterprises with funding, training, management support and introduction to networks for a period of 4-5 years. During the past 15 years, Alfanar has supported 31 social enterprises that have impacted 47 000 families mainly via access to quality education, vocational training, employment opportunities for youth, women’s economic empowerment and access to affordable goods.

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Alfanar will present Information Session on its venture philanthropy mission and selection criteria.

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Created in 1984, arcenciel’s mission is to engage in the sustainable development of the society by supporting fragile groups and integrating marginalized people. Since its creation, arcenciel has provided around 37 million services to more than 380,000 beneficiaries. Our objective is to promote sustainable development through three main axes: Social: care of persons in need, Environmental: the preservation of natural resources and Economic: the cost-efficiency and financial autonomy.

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Throughout the program, Arcenciel will support Impact Rise startups in sharing their expertise in a variety of sectors through technical assistance workshops and field visit facilitating exchange of expertise as per the startup needs and explore potential partnership opportunities (if applicable). Arcenciel currently runs five programs in 12 centers distributed across all Lebanese regions and will provide a number of services under each.

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DOT Lebanon is a youth-led movement of social innovators who have worked over the past 10 years with youth, the private sector, governments and community-based organizations toward a collaborative vision of helping to eradicate poverty, prejudice and gender inequality by giving people the skills and knowledge to use technology to achieve educational, social and economic opportunities. DOT Lebanon provides specialized digital training to unprivileged youth across Lebanon in digital and media literacy, social media and marketing, mobile application development, micro-work, etc. in addition to tailored programs that are linked to the market technological needs.

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Throughout the program, DOT will provide startups access to B.O.T platform, an impact sourcing platform that provides high quality digital services executed by skilled and trained freelancers from marginalized communities in Lebanon. Each startup will have a marketing voucher worth $2500 to use and boost its marketing and visibility.

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IES-Social Business School is the first business school focused on Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. They are the starting point for a path dedicated to Social Innovation in the creation of sustainable business solutions, offering a portfolio of training, research and consulting. They rely on excellence and a strong network of partners to inspire, train, support and connect organizations and people from all sectors of a converging economy.

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Berytech partnered with the IES-Social Business School to conduct the bootcamps for the startups and coaches. The program is co-designed with the aim to train the catalysts for a real Impact Economy.

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IM Capital provides matching capital, equity guarantee, and support programs to a broad range of qualified early-stage business and investors in Lebanon.

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Throughout the program, IM Capital will be conducting the Confideo Venture Mentoring (VM) training to 15 new mentors, in partnership with MIT, sharing best practices and techniques for effective mentorship for social entrepreneurs, using the group mentoring approach. Mentors will join the Confideo pool of mentors in Lebanon and will be matched with the Impact Rise social entrepreneurs, supporting them to grow their entrepreneurial skill sets and bring their ideas and inventions to market.

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LSE is comprised of social enterprises who are strongly committed to connect in one association, organize the sector, connect LSE with local and international partners and build an effective structure capable of catering to the growing needs of social enterprises in Lebanon.

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Throughout the program, LSE will support the Impact Rise startups in facilitating access to networks and support in promoting the concept of social procurement, opening potential business opportunities to social ventures.

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LiveLove.org is on a mission to build communities who create hope and positive impact for Nature, Society and Culture in cities around the world.

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Throughout this program, LiveLove will provide special visibility discounted packages for startups, that will support them in developing their outreach across several communities in Lebanon.

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MakeSense inspire and empower young citizens to become leaders and spark social and environmental change in their communities. The organization believes in the power of real-life engagement to transform people and society.

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Throughout the program, MakeSense will conduct 5 ideation Sensefiction workshops for startups to connect them with community members that can share their creative insights and feedback to help startups validate their businesses, solve their challenges and explore innovation opportunities. The Sensefiction is an ideation workshop that aims to gather two types of participants: people who carry an impact project (social entrepreneurs, citizens with an initiative, etc.) and people who want to help (the community).

The Sensefiction has 4 steps: First, participants map existing and obvious solutions to the challenge faced by social entrepreneurs to learn from their strengths and failures. Then comes the problem analysis. Once problems are well-delimited, all participants give free rein to their imagination: it’s the brainstorming. The only rule is: there are no limits. The last step is dedicated to building realistic and feasible solutions to the challenge.

In addition, Make Sense will inform startups about any valuable event or opportunity or program that can help them in scaling and accessing networks.

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MEPI LAA is a registered (88 A/D) Lebanese local organization and a network of positive thinkers and advocates of change that was established in 2010. MEPI LAA aims to create public value for the Lebanese society within four pillars: Democracy, Education, Economics and Women Empowerment.

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Throughout the program, MEPI LAA will support startups to implement activities that include drafting policy recommendations, contributing to human development, enhancing citizenship and promoting the rule of law. In addition, MEPI LAA will inform startups about valuable opportunities available within the network such as grants for projects and capacity building programs.

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ProAbled aims to boost a shift in society’s mindset from limiting capacities of people with social, financial or physical challenges to creating opportunities for them to prove that they are professionally abled. ProAbled provides "inclusive recruitment" training for startups, SMEs and large companies, with a complementary recruitment platform to support companies in finding and recruiting skilled candidates with disabilities for their job vacancies.

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Throughout the program, ProAbled will be training Impact Rise startups on “impact recruitment” and facilitate in recruiting skilled candidates with disabilities for the startups’ job vacancies, what would make a multiplier effect on their social impact.

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GCNL works closely with the UN Global Compact headquarters to provide opportunities for learning, policy dialogue, and partnerships to advance the Ten Principles of responsible conduct and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. GCNL helps companies build a strong understanding of responsible business within the national context and put their sustainability commitments into action.

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In the scope of this program, GCNL will spread the notion of sustainability among the social startups and facilitate local connections – with other businesses and stakeholders from NGOs, government and academia. GCNL will contribute to providing the visibility with its scope and umbrella so that the program reaches out as far as possible.

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Empowering the Lebanese Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem & Contributing to a Sustainable Economy