WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FOR LEBANON PROJECT (WEEL)

Call for Proposals for Women-Owned or Women-Led Businesses (WOLBs)

As part of the European Union for Women Empowerment Project in Lebanon, Berytech and Expertise France are providing women-led or women-owned MSMEs and startups with grants ranging between €15,000 and €50,000 to strengthen and grow their businesses despite the challenging political, economic, and social environment in Lebanon.

About the Project

The Lebanese economy needs more than ever a productive private sector capable of driving economic recovery, create jobs, and support a fragile balance of payment by producing local goods and services, increasing exports and diversify export markets.

In this context, the WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FOR LEBANON PROJECT (WEEL)  aims at Supporting Women-Owned And Women-Led Businesses In Lebanon by providing between 8 and 20 MSMEs and startups with grants that vary from 15,000 to 50,000 Euros to be used for expending investments, covering expenditures and getting technical assistance.

This project is part of a larger programme, the EU for Women Empowerment (EU4WE), a 36-month programme (October 2019 – September 2022) funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France. It aims at promoting full and unconditional equality between men and women in Lebanon. The specific purpose of EU4WE is to reduce gender-based violence through women’s empowerment and enhance existing institutional mechanisms working towards gender equality.

Supporting 8 to 20 MSMEs and startups led or owned by women

Providing €15K to €50K grants per MSME/Startup

Covering investments, expenditures & technical assistance

This project is committed towards non-discrimination and promotion of gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and equal opportunities.

Apply as MSME

Learn more about the application criteria for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and apply before May 15, 2022.

Applications are now closed

Apply as Startup

Learn more about the application criteria for startups integrated in IM Fndng accelerators or funds and apply before May 15, 2022.

Applications are now closed

Meet The Team

Meet the Berytech team members in charge of WEEL

Need more info?

If you have any questions before applying or about the project, please email us on support@berytech.org, and we will get back to you.

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Funded by EU_EN

Implemented by Expertise France

Contributing to SDGs

As a member of the Global Compact Network Lebanon, Berytech enacts the 10 principles of the UNGC and this program falls under Berytech’s mission to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. 

This particular project contributes to SDG5 – Gender Equality: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

The EU4WE project is committed towards non-discrimination and promotion of gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and equal opportunities, following the relevant EU Union of Equality strategies such as The Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030, the LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025, the EU Anti-racism Action Plan 2020-2025 Search and the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and the gender action plan II.

Therefore, this call for proposal is open to all Lebanese women entrepreneurs meeting the eligibility criteria, including persons from the LGBTQI community, and including trans women. The call is also welcoming application from women living with disabilities or with special needs. The project also fights against any form of discrimination including ageism; therefore, all women entrepreneurs are welcome to apply regardless their age. We strongly believe diversity is an essential value and will contribute to the success of this programme.