I’ve been that means to shed extra gentle on the startup scene and the complete ecosystem in Lebanon for fairly a while now. Ever because the Round 331 got here to be, we’ve witnessed an increase within the variety of startups, accelerators, VCs, startup competitions, hackathons and even co-working areas.
Beirut’s ecosystem has expanded and matured considerably within the final three or 4 years however there are nonetheless many challenges dealing with the startups and whether or not the complete ecosystem is sustainable or not. I consider that we’re transferring in the precise path and that enhancing the web infrastructure, which is on prime of PM Hariri’s agenda and being led by a result-driven Ogero group, will assist develop the ecosystem in Beirut and extra importantly increase its attain past Beirut, however we’re nonetheless not there but and time is towards us.
I do know I’ve loads of catching-up to do however I’ll begin with the newest initiatives and occasions, primarily the primary batch of #Agrytech that was introduced just lately:
Agrytech is an accelerator initiative collectively funded by the Kingdom of The Netherlands and Berytech. The intention is develop startups with technology-based options for agriculture and the agro-food sector and supply them with the satisfactory technical and enterprise sources in addition to group assist to scale their concepts into profitable companies with world impression. The Agrytech Accelerator is headquartered in Berytech Expertise Pole situated contained in the Campus of Sciences and Expertise of the St Joseph College (ESIB), in Mar Roukoz, Mkalles.
The Agrytech Accelerator wrapped up Section 1 of its program nearly a month in the past with Demo Day the place greater than 17 groups showcased their modern enterprise options throughout the agri-food business to an viewers of business consultants, fund managers, enterprise professionals, startups, entrepreneurs, supporters and media.
Out of those 17 startups, 11 will make it to the second part and get to pitch their concepts. The primary part gave $three,300 with the intention to assist the companies validate themselves. The second part will likely be four months lengthy, with assist and grants of $16,000. Out of the 11, eight will likely be chosen for a 6-month incubation interval, with $22,000 in grants.
Meet The Batch I startups of Agrytech’s accelerator program:
209 Lebanese Wine: a web based market for Lebanese wine. I like that web site and the idea behind it.
ADTech: generates electrical vitality from biodegradable waste
Agrysense: is a platform for precision farming
AgriHub: is a web based platform for Lebanese farmers
L’Atelier du miel: is bridging gaps between honey producers and customers
Drone Tech: is streamlining pest management practices
EasyReady Hummus: is making a recent hummus dispenser
Contemporary Specific: is a web based platform connecting packers to retailers
Lifelab Biodesign: is offering the world’s smallest hydroponic modules
Makanat: is a platform connecting the general public to manufacturing amenities
Meka-Prep: is automating the manoushe making course of
Moms Cooking: is a web based platform that connects the general public to residence cooked meals
SmartGourmet: is making ready-to-eat sous-vide meals
Starchy: has innovated a bio coating for fruits
Souk Baladi: is a platform that connects farmers to customers
Mountain Chunk: is a web based market connecting rural to city
Na7le: is innovating the gathering of bee venom.
I’m accustomed to a few of the startups however there are new ones that I haven’t heard of until now. I cherished the “EasyReady Hummus” concept, in addition to the “Moms Cooking” idea and each the “Souk Baladi” and “Mountain Chunk”. I as soon as offered an concept to assist join farmers to customers however that was for some college mission so I completely love the thought!