REAF is providing support to innovative startups and Lebanese youth working in agrifood, eco-tourism, sustainable agriculture, and circular economy sectors. The program aims at strengthening businesses, product viability, and socio-economic resilience of individuals in the South of Mount Lebanon, Central and West Bekaa areas.
Applications for the third edition of the REAF Ideathon are now closed.
Rural Entrepreneurs in Agri-Food (REAF) is a program through which Berytech supports startups in three different batches with innovations across the agrifood, eco-tourism, sustainable agriculture, and circular economy sectors.
The program starts with the 3-day REAF Ideathon, followed by the 8-month REAF Incubation Program. The incubation program, designed in two phases, will offer the 15 winning startups of the Ideathon the resources, knowledge, and funding to scale their solutions and grow into a sustainable business.
Startups working in the rural economy value chain are supported across different stages including but not limited to agriculture production, distribution, marketing, retail, household consumption, manufacturing and processing.
Through the REAF program, selected startups will benefit from tailored capacity-building activities, business development services, technical assistance, coaching, and in-kind grants.
The applications are evaluated on business and technical aspects. The applicants are assessed on their level of understanding of the problem, proposed solution, innovation, business viability, business growth potential, and team.
Shortlisted applicants will join the REAF Ideathon to select the final 15 startups to the join the REAF incubation program, starting with the Validation and Pre-Incubation Phase.