Startup Weekend Beirut

    Friday, August 31 - September 2, 2018

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Startup Weekend Beirut

Friday, August 31 - September 2, 2018

Friday, August 31 - September 2, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

American University of Beirut
Bliss Street
Beirut, Beirut

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Welcome to Startup Weekend Beirut!

  • About the event:
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2900 past events in 150 countries around the world. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make-up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you will meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Learn more about it on the Startup Weekend website
  • Do I need to come with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you do not have an idea, that is quite all right! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched and join the teams! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ

  • What will I get from participation?
- Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night- Mentoring by brilliant and dynamic mentors and coaches active in the entrepreneurship and startup scene.- Tasty meals all weekend (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) - A process for taking an idea from concept to creation in a matter of days: a unique and unforgettable experience- Good vibes and love from the organizing team.

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Friday August 31st

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Diala Daoud
PR and Communication Officer and Social Media and Special Projects Associate

Diala J. Daoud is the PR and Communication Officer of the Center for Research and Innovation (CRInn) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Social Media and Special Projects Associate at Hult Prize Lebanon. Throughout the past three years,Diala has been woking closely with Lebanese startups, she also served as the Hult Prize AUB Campus Director for 2017 and 2018. Her event of 2016-2017 was voted as one of the top 10 Hut Prize events held globally. She is currently an AUB graduate student completing her thesis in the field of Media Studies - emphasis PR & Communications.

Dr Rouba Mhaissen
Founder and Director, Sawa for Development and Aid. Lecturer, American University of Beirut

Dr. Rouba Mhaissen is a Syrian-Lebanese economist, activist, community mobiliser, and development practitioner who works on development issues in the MENA region particularly forced migration and the Syrian refugee crisis. She is the Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid (founded in 2011), a Civil Society Organisation that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Sawa Foundation UK (founded in 2016), that supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East. She received her BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut, her MSc in Development from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil/PhD in Gender and Economic Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She also holds two degrees in Exponential technologies from Singularity University (Silicon Valley). She has taught at SOAS, University of London and is currently a Lecturer at the American University of Beirut. She is the recipient of numerous awards of which Queen Elizabeth Award (2011), the FCO Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping (2016), The AUB Most Distinguished Alumni Award (2017), and the Forbes 30Under30 list for Policy and Law (2017).

Mohamad Sabouneh
Expert in Digital startups, validation, and fundraising

Mohamad has 4 years of experience in Venture Capital investments and advises several digital startups in the region. Mohamad additionally has 3 years of experience in project and construction management in the GCC and North Africa. Mohamad holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University, and an MBA from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Beirut is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Haya
    Al Habal
  • Rasha
    Al Khateeb
  • Layal
  • Hanan
  • Hussein


Layal Jebran
CEO at Moubarmij, Inc.

Recovering architect and designer, turned Social Entrepreneur, founded her first successful startup by the name of Lyl Big Designs during university years, that connected freelance designers to clients, at the moment advising several young entrepreneurs and early stage startups while co-founding and managing Moubarmij and serving on the executive board of ISOC Lebanon. Currently, she advises multiple crowdfunding campaigns after two years in Heading the Projects Management Department at Zoomaal and becoming the Crowdfunding Expert in the MENA region. Turning ideas from drafts into fully working applications, and then advising them into successful campaigns.She also leads organizes Startup Weekend Beirut of multiple themes (Startup Weekend Global Editions Competition winner for SW Environment). She is a natural leader with the ability to motivate both individuals and teams and has extensive experience of handling people with considerable empathy. She has developed a profound ability to turn objectives into sales and marketing driven activities to achieve results.

She is passionate about innovations and sustainable project that can make a difference to the world and enable other people to a better quality of life with better solutions. She strongly supports entrepreneurship and women in business.

 Layal also served as a co-founder and helped put into work Cycling Circle and Deghri Messengers. The first bicycle messenger service in the MENA region. She also gives workshops and motivational talks in multiple functions and serves as a mentor, coach, judge, speaker and panelist in different competitions.

Event Staff

Alaa Salam
CEO of Instrumed Global

Alaa Salam holds a Masters degree in Biomedical engineering from the university of Balamand. She had over seven years of experience in the field of sales and maintenance of medical equipment and accessories.She is currently the head of maintenance at Alaaeddin Hospital and CEO of Instrumed Global. In her free time, she helps in managing Lamba Labs Beirut Hackerspace. She believes in edutainment, and that is an aficionado of all things at the intersection of art and tech, though her artistic skills are highly questionable and revolve mostly around stick figures. 

Maya Moussa
Co-founded of "All Girls Code"

Maya is an undergraduate Computer and Communications Engineering student with a passion for technology, education, and their importance on youth and female empowerment. In 2017, she co-founded "All Girls Code", to empower young girls with hands-on STEM experience and encourage them to take on careers in the Tech field.
In 2015, Maya was selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Tech Girl Participant - an international scholarship exchange program that inspires girls in the MENA region to take on careers in technology.Maya was also an organizer with Google Developer’s Group Coast Lebanon, and Women Tech-Makers Lebanon, and has given multiple talks and workshops about programming, public speaking and youth leadership. In early 2018, she was selected by Stanford AMENDS as one of their 2018 Delegates.
Her most recent work revolves about empowering refugees through the use of education and technology.
Aside from that, Maya enjoys learning about politics and international affairs, weight-lifting, reading, and visiting art galleries.

Maysaa Ajjan
Researcher at Antwork

A former technology journalist published in various publications. Currently a researcher at Antwork

Samer Al Hafez
Blogger and video editor.

Communication and Electronics engineer. Blogger and video editor. Tech Enthusiast who is interested in digital content creation. A runner to be so run for your life.

Mariam Mohammad
Medical laboratory sciences student

Mariam is an undergraduate medical laboratory sciences student at Beirut Arab University. She comes
from a humble background but has a passion for volunteering to leave an impact on her community.
Mariam was the campus director in BAU for Hult Prize, the world’s largest social competition with a 1
million dollar prize. She was the director for both campuses, Beirut and Debbieh. Mariam’s hard work
and leadership was acknowledged by Hult Prize offering her an internship where she worked with the
top 6 Lebanese startups. Mariam doesn’t only help entrepreneurs, as she is one herself. She won the
event “She’s Entrepreneur” and she’s the Co-Founder and president of STEM education at BAU. Mariam
determination to help her community is clear from all the work she did with Red Cross, BASMA ( to
change the very unstable socioeconomic situation of the most deprived), KARMA ( raise money to pay
for the tertiary medical treatment of refugee and underprivileged children), DSC (provide blood for
patients through frequent blood donation campaigns). She is also a hunger hero for Foodblessed and a
regular volunteer in Refugee camps. Moreover, Mariam worked with the ministry of health in Lebanon
on a very successful Breast cancer awareness campaign. She’s currently coach and ambassador for
youth leadership development program.Mariam’s determination and passion to helping others in her
community and advocating for social issues is what drives her forward in life,and with her hard work she
will leave an impact on her community.

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