TRANSDAIRY Co-Patent Development Program 

Call for Dairy-preneurs & Researchers

This is your chance to receive an €8,000 grant to patent your research or technology in the dairy sector.

About the Call

As part of the TRANSDAIRY Living Lab activities, Berytech will select 2 dairy enterprises and researchers who are looking to create and register their research or technology focusing on the Dairy Value Chain (ICT and Bio/nanotechnology) as a patent.  

2 selected participants from Lebanon will benefit from an 8,000-euro voucher, which will enable them to register their research and technology in the dairy sector as a patent.  

The objective is to give the opportunity to dairy researchers or technologists to exclusively obtain the right for their inventions, new products, or processes. The selection process will give precedence to young and women entrepreneurs. 

Who can apply

  • Innovators, entrepreneurs and key enabling technology providers (KET) within the Dairy Value Chain sector interested in registering a patent for a new product or service. 
  • Ventures and companies in the DVC sector interested in creating a spin off. 
  • SME, industries, NGOs working on spin-off projects in the Dairy, ICT, or Bio/Nano technologies industries. 
  • Researchers, Faculty Members, Lab Members working on producing and turning their research into a line of products.

Selection Criteria

  • Participants must be resident in Lebanon.
  • Individuals from Italy, Tunisia and Greece should team up with Lebanese individuals/companies to register jointly the patent in Lebanon.
  • Participants should be able to demonstrate the relevance of the patent content and the technology to the dairy value chain and the technology.
  • Participants must have technology that is at least validated in a laboratory.

Key Benefits and Opportunities

  • Obtain hands-on experience, legal advice, and financial grant to support the registration of a patent in Lebanon, Tunisia, Greece or Italy. 
  • Access to a voucher of 8,000 euros that will be used to support in the registration of the patent in Lebanon. 
  • Patents will allow participants to protect their invention by giving the exclusive right of owning the technology and stop the manufacturing, selling, or importing of the invention without their permission.
  • Access to the TRANSDAIRY regional online collaborative platform which features a database of Dairy Value Chain regional demand and offer and allows communication and networking among regional innovators, suppliers, partners, prospective clients, etc.  
  • Invitation to participate and benefit from the subsequent TRANSDAIRY activities for 2022 and 2023, which include:   Entrepreneurship Training Program on innovation management, benchmarking, technology transfer  etc.                        Vouchers for Demonstration of Research and Results, Specialized Training, Focus Groups etc. 

Start your application

Submit your application to be among the two selected applicants who will benefit from an €8,000 grant to secure exclusive rights for their inventions, products, or processes in the dairy value chain.

The Program's Timeline

Intensive Bootcamp

15 November 2021 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

20 participants will be selected to participate in a 6-day intensive virtual bootcamp. The bootcamp’s program consists of fully funded sessions by the EU under the ENI CBC Med Programme, providing the participants with a set of entrepreneurship skills and know-how, and access to:

  • Receive technical and practical guidance and interaction with experts
  • Develop their own business model 
  • Learn about intellectual property 
  • Develop their commercialisation and market strategy
  • Develop a process for technology protection
  • Learn about basic financial modelling and funding opportunities
  • Address sustainability and CSR practices in the Dairy Value Chain
  • Prepare their pitch to present it to experts and potential investors

The participants will also each receive a voucher of 200 to use in a way that serves the initiation of their project (such as creating a prototype, design & marketing, business consultancy, etc.) once they submit their pitch deck.


November 2021 | During the Open Day

Following the completion of the training, the participants will pitch their solution to a jury. The Jury will shortlist 10 participants based on innovation, economic viability and solid proof of concept of the solution. They will take several one-to-one coaching and technical sessions with experts in the field to further develop their pitch decks.

These 10 participants will present during the Transdairy Open Day, which will take place at the end of the year 2021.


TRANSDAIRY is a project funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Med Programme to grow innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities in the Dairy Value Chain and empower this ecosystem in the Mediterranean. The project will use the open innovation and living lab methodology to bring stakeholders together including researchers, industry players, SMEs, representatives from the public sector, entrepreneurs, to exchange best practices, collaborate together and implement Key Enabling Technologies and solutions applied to the Dairy Value Chain.

Throughout this project, Berytech and ELCIM at Industrial Research Institute (IRI) will be facilitating the setup of Innovation Living Labs, supporting the development and financing of innovation and entrepreneurship projects, and enable matchmaking and collaboration opportunities between different stakeholders in the Dairy Value Chain in Lebanon and the Mediterranean. Learn more  here.

The Project In Numbers

  • Duration: 30 months

  • The total budget of the project is €3.8 million with an EU contribution of €3.4 million (90%).

  • Main source of funding: European Union (ENI CBC Med Programme)

Need more info?

If you have any questions about the Transdairy Program, please contact: 

Mrs. Joelle Elhajjar:

Entrepreneurship Training Program