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NEX-LABS Project

NEX-LABS intends to contribute to the creation of a sustainable and resilient agri-food sector based on NEXUS driven Open Living Labs (NDOLL) approach, thus strengthening technology transfer, cooperation industry- academia, increasing commercialization opportunities and innovation-driven growth.

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The NEX-LABS Project in Brief

An international consortium of 11 partners from 7 different countries across the Mediterranean joined forces to tackle the challenges of a competitive and inclusive growth thanks to a nexus driven approach. 

NEX-LABS project is co-funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme and has the ambitious goal to set up a long-term regional policy of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development.

The project in Numbers

  • Duration: 30 months
  • Start date: 3 September 2020 – End date: 2 March 2023
  • With reference B_A2.1._0124, NEX-LABS project is funded by the EU under the ENI CBC Med Programme
  • With a total budget of €3.450.984,97, the project has received a contribution of € 3.105.866,47 (90%)

Beneficiaries

NEX-LABS targets a plethora of stakeholders, including public institutions such as ministries and national agencies, research centers or universities, SMEs, entities of the entrepreneurship ecosystem such as companies/ technology transfer organizations /technological parks/venture capital/business angels, entities collaborating to the public debate such as communication multipliers/think tanks, civil society organizations.

Implementing Partners

NEX-LABs project includes a partnership of 11 institutions from 7 different countries across the Mediterranean.

  • Autonomous University of Barcelona (ES)
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Center (TN)
  • Royal Scientific Society- Aqaba Liaison Center (JO)
  • Berytech (LB)
  • INNOLABS SRL (IT)
  • Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (EG)
  • American University of Beirut (LB)
  • Centre for promotional services to enterprises – Special Agency of Cagliari Chamber of Commerce (IT)
  • Net7 Srl (IT)
  • C.I.P Citizens In Power (CY)
  • The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development /Princess Basma Community Development Centre Aqaba (JO)

      Implementation of clean technologies for sustainable and resilient increase of agri-food sector production based on a more efficient use of energy and water in MPC region 

      EU-funded project under the ENI-CBC Med Program

      Home to some of the world’s most ancient civilizations, hub for trade and transport, unique hotspot for biodiversity, the Mediterranean faces a multitude of common challenges, including climate change, pollution, youth unemployment and social inequality.

      Acting together to address these challenges and improve the lives of men and women across the region is the impetus for the 2014-2020 ENI CBC “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme”. ENI CBC Med is the largest Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) initiative implemented by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

      The Programme brings together the coastal territories of 14 EU and partner countries, including Lebanon, in view of fostering fair, equitable and sustainable development on both sides of the EU’s external borders.

      Program Details

      The Project aims to support implementation of clean technologies for sustainable and resilient increase of agri-food sector production based on a more efficient use of energy (renewable/solar solutions) and water (wastewater treatment, water harvesting or reuse solutions) in MPC region thanks to the contributions of ICT such as blockchain technology, Internet or the Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and Big Data.

      What Will Be Improved?

      Beyond MPC national or regional Water/Energy/Food (WEF) policy development programs, NEX-LABS will contribute to the regional policy development of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development 2016-2025 and to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda through innovative integrated WEF+ICT technologies to face SDGs 2, 6 & 7 thanks to NDOLLs approach.

      NEX-LABS targeted territories, characterized by water scarcity/irregular rainfall/population distribution, reflect agriculture as largest user of water (70-90%) while future global warming projections (≈2ºC) involve summer precipitation (-10/-30%) threatening water availability (-2/-15%) and agricultural productivity (-12/-40%). The latent conflict between energy efficiency (≈60%) and water production is also increasing energy footprint/m3 of water used to produce food. The predicted future shortfalls in Water/Energy/Food (WEF) requires a NEXUS approach.

      Expected Achievements

      The main outputs derived from NEX-LABS activities include

      • 2 NEXUS- Driven Open Living Labs established;
      • 4 business ideas benefiting from acceleration grants;
      • 16 testing and 42 acceleration vouchers allocated;
      • a summer school celebrated with the participation of 50 entrepreneurs;
      • 6 spin-offs established with 6 co-patents registered;
      • a Job bank and
      • 8 Join Research Contracts signed.

      Role of Berytech

      Berytech is leading on the WP4 “Bridging the gap among NEXUS stakeholders based on supporting actions to face NEXUS challenges” and will be working with partners from Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan with the support of the remaining partners to conduct capacity building activities and networking events to equip entrepreneurs with skills needed to develop novel technologies, products or services to tackle the NEXUS challenges.

      Activities are supported by Nexus Driven Open Living Labs to develop training/mentoring/coaching programs addressing not only young entrepreneurs but also young researchers or SMEs in setting up their own new businesses including courses to improve financial skills and ability to present convincing business proposal or properly communicate business performance and liaise with financial institutions.

      Activities in Lebanon will include:

      • Regional Tailored Trainings for different target groups

      • Identification of problems/opportunities
      • Innovative business models
      • Business commercialization

      • Regional Scouting & Coaching of Innovators

      • IPR management, business model generation, venture capital

      • NEXUS Ideas generation program

      • November 2021
      • Training, advice, prototyping, final competition

      • Entrepreneurs Summer School

      • Training on core themes of entrepreneurship

      • WEF NEXUS circular conferences for the NEXUS stakeholders’ ecosystem

      • Cooperation between industry, academia and citizens

      • Regional Innovation Weeks

      • 3 Innovation Weeks
      • Innovation Week with Phemac
      • Workshops, trainings, brokerage events, exhibition, crowdfunding

      • NEXUS research 2 business 2 research (R2B2R) fact finding missions

      • Exchange best practices, detect cooperation opportunities concerning NEXUS challenges

      Meet The Team

      Meet the team members in charge of the NEX-LABS Project at Berytech.

      Need more info?

      If you have any questions about the NEX-LABS Program, please email patil.mesrobian@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 the NEX-LABS Project falls under Berytech’s mission to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.