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NEXUS SUPPORT VOUCHERS

Calling innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and SMEs from Lebanon to apply to the NEX-LABS testing, innovation, and incubation support vouchers in Water Food Energy Nexus sector to fasten the development of their innovations and access market opportunities.

Selected entrepreneurs will benefit from tailored support, expert advice, and testing space (laboratories or research centers).

About the Nexus Support Vouchers

Are you a researcher, a start-up or an SME, working on an innovation that is ready to be in the market?

This voucher aims to support you in developing your innovations, validate them on the market and further strengthen your know-how.  You will have access to external expertise and to a set of business development skills in order to develop a go to market strategy and business model around the innovation and learn about intellectual property rights.

Do you have a prototype and need to test your technology and validate your solution in the market?

This voucher aims to support you by testing or validating your new innovations (prototypes, products, services, materials, pilot processes, methods) in the market. It will grant you access to testing facilities (laboratories, research centers, academic institutions) to validate the prototype. As such, this voucher is mainly directed at the testing of existing innovations within startups and SMEs in order to position them for market launch or expansion. 

Do you have your Minimum Viable Product and willing to establish your startup and launch it in the market?

This voucher is an instrument to provide you access to working space, facilities and expert support in the field (business plan development, go to market strategy development, marketing plan, etc.) to further develop and grow your start-up projects. The incubation support voucher aims at providing coaching, mentorship and advisory services to new promising businesses addressing regional NEXUS challenges.

Who Can Apply?

  • Innovators, entrepreneurs at the prototype/startup or SME stage working on technology innovations within the Water Energy Food-NEXUS field sector interested.
  • Researchers, Faculty Members, Lab Members working on validating their research and turning it into a startup project.
  • The innovation or technology project should be innovative, applicable in the market, scalable and has a clear business model.
  • The team should have sufficient expertise in the field of the project.

Please select the voucher category that corresponds to your project stage and apply accordingly.

Every entrepreneur can apply only to one category.

Key Benefits

  • Obtain hands-on experience advice, legal advice, and business support.
  • Access to a support voucher which will be used to serve the scaling and expansion of the startup by enabling access to consulting and advisory services, coaching services, national and regional trainings, working and co-working space, testing space (laboratories and academic centers), and visibility services and exposure.
  • Access to the NEX-LABS regional network which features stakeholders in the WEF-NEXUS field and allows communication and networking among regional innovators, suppliers, partners, prospective clients, etc. 
  • Access to a wide network of likeminded entrepreneurs, experts in the field, and potential investors.
  • Invitation to participate and benefit from the subsequent NEX-LABS activities for years 2022 and 2023.

Register your interest now!

Applications are now open

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 NEX-LABS Project Abstract

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.

In this context, NEX-LABS aims to support the 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.

NEX-LABS will contribute to the creation of a sustainable and resilient agro-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.

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.

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 joelle.elhajjar@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.