Startup Weekend Bekaa - Ag | Food | Water Innovation

    Friday, December 8 - 10, 2017

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Startup Weekend Bekaa - Ag | Food | Water Innovation

Friday, December 8 - 10, 2017

Friday, December 8 - 10, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm


Zahle, Bekaa

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Your Ag | Food | Water startup idea in 54 hours hours

Experts predict that we will need to double global food production over the next 35 years while land, energy and water resources are being quickly depleted, risking sustainability and threatening global food security.  In Lebanon, water demand is rapidly increasing, while only 8% of wastewater is treated. The world is looking for innovative solutions to sustainability challenges in the agriculture, food and water sectors. 

Do you have an idea related to agriculture, food or water you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?  

Does your idea improve a process across the food value chain? Does it innovate in the agriculture sector from farm to fork? Does it solve sustainability challenges of sanitation management and water usage in irrigation, and human consumption? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

In this edition of Techstars Startup Weekend innovation is key. Creatives, tech enthusiasts, experts, artists, designers, engineers, problem solvers and business-minded individuals are encouraged to attend, participate, experiment and innovate. 

  Startup Weekend Prizes:
First Prize: $1500 
Second Prize: $1000
Third Prize: $500
All the three winning teams receive a three month virtual incubation from Berytech. 

It’s a risk-free environment where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
Benefits and discounts from our global partners
One-on-one time with amazing mentors
A new network of engineers, tech experts developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Friday December 8th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome note
Dr. Maya Kharrat Sarkis - Director of Esiam - USJ

6:05 pm
Key Note Speech - White Farm
Mr. Jihad Daher, Owner of White Farm

6:10 pm
Key Note Speech - Cewas
Dr. Fadi Sami Karam, International Consultant in Agricultural Water Management & Agro-Meteorological Systems for UN agencies, discussing the water challenges in Bekaa

6:20 pm
Key Note Speech - Berytech
Mr. Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy GM of Berytech, discussing the importance of innovating in agriculture, food, and water

6:25 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 December 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Design Thinking Workshop
By Ms. Haya Farah, Expert in Design Thinking and Service Design

11:00 am
Business Model Canvas Workshop
By Ms. Melissa Yammine, Business Support Officer at Berytech

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

3:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Pitching Workshop
By Ms. Aya Hoteit, Expert in Presentation and Pitching Techniques

7:30 pm

8:30 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 December 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-In and Coach meetings
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Welcome Note
By Mr. Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy GM of Berytech

3:05 pm
Key note speech - Daher Foods
By Mr. Michel Daher, Founder and Chariman of Daher foods

3:10 pm
Key note Speech - Bel Groupe
By Dr. Hady Khalaf, Digital Transformation Director, Bel Group – MENA, discussing innovation needs for better and sustainable communities

3:15 pm
Key note Speech - Unifert
By Mr. Pierre Njeim, Specialty fertilizers line manager for MENA at UNIFERT s.a.l, discussing the importance of empowering youth to innovate

3:20 pm
Key Note Speech - Arcenciel
By Ms. Kim Issa, External Relations Manager at Arcenciel

3:25 pm
Future Agro Challenge Final Pitches
6 shortlisted FAC finalists will pitch to win the title "Agripreneur of the year" The Finalists are: Bechara Samneh of Benergy, turning coffee waste into clean energy. Selim Yasmine of 209 Lebanese Wine, making Lebanese wine available on every table in Lebanon and abroad. Richardos Lebbos of Startchy, extending the shelf life of apples with a 100% edible coating. Wissam Mansour of Lili's Farm, practicing organic nonphotosynthesis agriculture in sustainable earth sheltered grow rooms. Fady Aziz of The Good Thymes, bringing a modern breath to wild Lebanese thyme through unique and savory culinary creation. Maria Achkar of Freekey, making wholesome snacks based on freekeh supergrain prepacked with proteins, fibers & vitamins

4:00 pm
Startup Weekend Teams Pitching

5:00 pm
Coffee Break

5:15 pm
Judging and Awards
Startupweekend Participants Award Ceremony

5:45 pm
Go Home!


Jihad Daher
Founder of White Farm

Daher created White Farm in 2006 shortly after finishing his two degrees at Lebanese University and the Université Saint-Esprit De Kaslik. For the first two years, he gradually built up the operation on his own, using financing from his family and small loans, eventually importing 80 goats from the Netherlands. White Farm began getting more serious by 2008, when it started bringing in goats from France, took out a $400,000 loan subsidized by Kafalat and added three employees to help manage the farm.

Michel Daher
Owner of Daher foods

Michel Daher is the founder and chairman of Daher Capital. As a successful businessman, entrepreneur and investor, Michel Daher started and invested in many companies around the world, and has served on the board of numerous public and private companies over the years, including Daher Foods, FXCM and His experience ranges from Agriculture and Manufacturing to Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions.

Kim Issa
External Relations Manager at arcenciel

Fadi Karam
International Consultant in Agricultural Water Management & Agro-Meteorological Systems

Fadi obtained his PhD in Crop Production and Agricultural Water Management in 1997. In 1998-2008 he served as Head of the Department of Irrigation and Agro-Meteorology at the Agricultural Research Institute of Lebanon and Head of the Central Laboratory at the said institute in 2006-2008. In 2009 he was assigned to work for the International Research Center in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Aleppo as Regional Coordinator of the ‘Water and Livelihoods Initiative for the Middle East’. During the period from 2012 to 2017 he took part as key expert in development projects, namely the ‘Litani River Basin Management Support Program’ and ‘Lebanon Industry Value s Development Program’. Currently he serves as International Consultant for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Agro-Meteorological & Hydro-Meteorological Systems for its regional program in Central Asia. Since 1999, he is contracted to teach Climatology, Agro-Meteorology, On-Farm Water Management and Climate Change at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Lebanese University, and Geography at ESIAM-USJ since 2015. Dr. Karam led during the period of 1998-2012 several collaboration projects within the European Research Area, as well within the UN Water Decade (2005-2015), Water for Life, Global Water Partnership, EU Horizon 2020 Initiative and EU-WFD Water Framework Directive.

Maya Kharrat
PhD, Director of ESIAM – USJ

Pierre Njeim
Specialty fertilizers line manager for MENA at UNIFERT s.a.l

Event Judges

Pierre Njeim
Specialty fertilizers line manager for MENA at UNIFERT s.a.l

Michel Daher
Owner of Daher foods

Michel Daher is the founder and chairman of Daher Capital. As a successful businessman, entrepreneur and investor, Michel Daher started and invested in many companies around the world, and has served on the board of numerous public and private companies over the years, including Daher Foods, FXCM and His experience ranges from Agriculture and Manufacturing to Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions.

Najah Jaroush Abdouni
Owner of Tassamim, CEO of C-Green, Sod Board member of Green party Lebanon, Board member of lebanese league of women in business

Najah Abdouni is the Owner and Director of Tassamim. Najah graduated as an Agricultural Engineer from the American University of Beirut (AUB). Najah established Tassamim in 1992. Tassamim is an enterprise for landscaping and irrigation, which is currently completing more than 200 residential garden projects. Najah started diversifying in 1998 by joining projects with a friend to establish a sod farm for ready carpet lawns, which ended due to financial and mismanagement reasons. C-Green, another joint venture with another friend in the same business, has grown 25% annually since its establishment in 2003. She joined The Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) in 2007.

Ramy Boujawdeh
Deputy GM at Berytech

With more than 17 years of international experience in management in different disciplines, Ramy amassed diversified knowledge in the fields of change and quality management, operations, and entrepreneurship support programs. 
With a strong business mindset and a firm commitment to achieve excellent, Ramy is an Angel Investor and actively advises early-stage startups in Lebanon. Ramy holds a B.S. in Agriculture Engineering from the American University of Beirut, and a M.S. in Business Management and Economics.

Hady Khalaf
PhD, Digital Transformation Director , Bel Group – MENA

Said Gedeon
Deputy General Manager / Head of dept. at CCIA zahle

Said is an Agriculture engineer. Since 2000, he is the Deputy General Manager and the Head of Services and Agriculture Development Department at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Zahle – Bekaa . Said is a member of Zahle Municipal Council and a member of the ESIAM-USJ Alumni.

Maya Kharrat
PhD, Director of ESIAM – USJ

Kim Issa
External Relations Manager at arcenciel

Coaches and Mentors

Nour Atrissi
Expert in Food Science, Pitching & Marketing

Nour holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science & Management from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Engineering / Food Technology from the Lebanese University & Universite de Nantes. For her research thesis, she worked on renewable energy (hydrogen) from microalgae. After working in food safety for a few years, and teaching Food Science to undergraduates at the Lebanese International University, Nour made a career shift and ventured into the world of entrepreneurship. She’s currently CEO of TeensWhoCode, an Ed-Tech startup connecting and empowering computer developers under the age of 18. Nour is also the chapter director of Startup Grind Beirut, a global community of one million entrepreneurs in 300 cities.
She is proudly a Draper University Hero.

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).

Sarah Habli
Expert in Graphic Design

Sarah is a graphic designer with experience in branding and digital design. she loves working with startups, especially if they have the same passion and drive she has for what they do. She has worked with the likes of Wamda, Berytech and several startups in the ecosystem such as Zoomaal. In parallel, Sarah worked with illustrator Hanane Kai on numerous children’s books, where she gained a true devotion for Illustration and storyboarding. 

Elsa Abi Khalil

Elsa Abi-Khalil is the founding member of MakeSense.Org in Lebanon and community coordinator for the MENA region. Elsa is currently serving at The SenseRocket - the board of MakeSense Global, headquartered in Paris.  Also: member of the Global Shapers Community, Beirut Hub, and member of the Youth Advisory Council for the US Embassy year 2017-2018.

Nayla Mouawad
Expert in Communications

Nayla has graduated with a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Communications and an EMBA from ESA/ ESCP Europe. I've built my career in Comms spending a decade in one of the most reputable regional communication agencies - IMPACT BBDO.

Maher Ghazale
Expert in Food & Beverage, Hospitality and Retail Sales

Highly accomplished multi talented professional, with more than 10 years in the Hospitality industry in particular F&B. Skilled in all areas of business management. Comprehensive experience at the management level of directing all operations and teams in retail sales and food service industries. Superior interpersonal and motivational skills, focused on providing exceptional customer service and professional leadership and development of staff. He did over 7 hotels pre-opening 3 retail shops ( Teavana, Castania and Albaba Sweets). a certified mass trainer and currently work at Ghazale superstores and a trainer/coach with Injaz.

Loubna Ibrahim
Expert in User Experience, Design thinking, Product building and research

An entrepreneur and intrapreneur, Loubna Ibrahim started her tech career in 2014 and founded a social fashion app called TopShou. 3 years later, she stopped working on her startup and started leading the Product & Innovation team at Ideatolife, where she had the chance to implement and enhance the design thinking methodology process in creating products at the company. Loubna is a google certified trainer in Design thinking and User Experience.

Melissa Yammine
Expert in Digital Economy and Business Development

Melissa is a Digital Economist who graduated from USJ, she holds a Master’s degree in Web Science and Digital Economy. She is the Business Support and M&E officer at Berytech and she works closely with Entrepreneurs and incubatees helping them developing their projects and responding to their needs. She is a GrowthWheel certified, taught and supervised in communication. 

Krystel Khalil
Expert in communication, business model, go to market strategy, business development

Krystel Khalil has a Master degree in marketing and a Bachelor in Business from Saint-Joseph University, and is currently the Programs Director for Berytech, responsible to manage the projects lab unit, including innovation, entrepreneurship, business and economic development programs and partnerships on the local and international scale, for the support of Lebanese startups. Krystel is a certified mentor from Mowgli Foundation and Confideo venture mentoring (affiliated to MIT) and has a certificate in social entrepreneurship from Insead.

Charbel Jamous
Expert in UI/UX Design

Charbel is a UI/UX design expert helping digital products founders, agencies and startups build focused and beautiful experiences. Charbel is also one of the co-founders of, the coolest calendar of events highlighting the Lebanon's rich cultural diversity and the various activities that are taking place.

Patrick Kass-Hanna
Expert in Web development and Digital Marketing

Patrick is an entrepreneur, web developer and digital marketer, with over 5 years of
programming and digital marketing experience to his credit. He’s the founder of Emagine, a
boutique digital marketing agency helping startups and small businesses strengthen their online
presence and grow into profitable ventures. 

Mohammad Moussawi
Expert in Agriculture

Mohammad is an agricultural engineer graduated in 2015, he is working with AVSI since March 2016 in the private sector department.

Maher Fouany
Expert in Agriculture

Holding a B.S in agricultural engineering and a master's in agrifood marketing and quality security, I have experience in teaching and mentoring as I am a trainer at the AVSI foundation and a teacher at a agricultural vocational school. Aside from agriculture, football is my passion and I hold a certificate from the  Asian Football Confederation.

Hussein Zeind

Hussein has a degree in mechanical engineering. He is currently working as a software engineer after successfully graduating from SE Factory. He knows about music and chess, and he has worked with Arduino boards. His current focus is on Java as a language.

Aisha Habli
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Specialist

Aisha Habli has worked directly with 350+ startups and SMEs in Lebanon and MENA to assess their various needs and guide them forward in their business. She has over 6 years of experience in MENA and particularly, Lebanon startup scene; being involved through its strategic stages of development from collectives to an institutionalized technology cluster and ecosystem. She has worked with 4 support platforms in Lebanon: Zoomaal crowdfunding, UK Lebanon Tech Hub, Hult Prize, and The Berytech Foundation. Aisha has a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Hariri Canadian University.

Emil J. Moawad
Business Consultant / Founder at Together For Lebanon

Emil is an Architect and a business man, and with time became an experienced Business Management Professional with more than 10 years of experience mainly in Hospitality Management, Business Development, Public Relations, and Events Management in addition to Communications, Marketing, PR and Social Media Management currently owning a Hospitality Management company and a consultancy firm.
Emil is also highly involved in Social and Community Development through founding and being member of different local/International NGOs and Social Businesses, with a big involvement in the Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, and CSR Lebanese ecosystem:
Senior Consultant for UNICEF's Elevate Impact Accelerator, Founder of Show Me Lebanon, Co - Founder of Donner Sang Compter NGO, Co-founder of Show Me Lebanon, Co-founder of Green Track, Co-founder of Beyond Achievers, Past President of Rotaract - Rotary International and Past District Rotaract Representative of 9 countries including Lebanon for the year 2015- 2016, Peace Pioneer  with Generations for Peace, Member of Toastmasters International and others.

Raghd Hamzeh
Expert in Backend, development and deployment

A geek, a book lover, TEDx enthusiast, and a Lord of the Rings fan; a backend developer by day. 

Bassel Basha
Expert in Agriculture engineering

Bassel is graduated from AUB in 2011 as an agricultural engineer specialized in plant nutrition and hydroponic technology. Shortly after his graduation, he kicked off his career with USAID where they have introduced the hydroponic technology to farmers across all regions in Lebanon. In 2013, he joined Green Studios who are the leaders in Hydroponic Green Wall and Roof Garden Technology as a Contracting Manager for a period of four years. Currently, he is the Assistant line Manager of fertilizers at Unifert. 

Rola Stephan
Expert in Marketing, business models, communication

Mark Khazzaka
Expert in Food processing, production management

Fadi Sarkis
Chief Executive Officer – Natagri SAL

Our goals Is to:
1.Create a business model with a vision that inspires Farmers, Investors, Buyers, and us.
2.Build an efficient production, aggregation, distribution, input supply, and management infrastructure 3.Become a brand that represents our values of quality, integrity, vitality for the farmers of Bekka, and principals of sustainability - while returning profit to investors and income to AgriTec

Joe Touma
Wine production and marketing, sensory analysis (tasting panels)

Rouba Farah
Expert at Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship

Said Gedeon
Deputy General Manager / Head of dept. at CCIA zahle

Said is an Agriculture engineer. Since 2000, he is the Deputy General Manager and the Head of Services and Agriculture Development Department at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Zahle – Bekaa . Said is a member of Zahle Municipal Council and a member of the ESIAM-USJ Alumni.

Ramzi Ibrahim
Deputy head of Project Office/Project Engineer at the Embassy of Switzerland

A Civil Engineer, with a master’s degree in Construction Project Management. Deputy head of Project Office/Project Engineer at the Embassy of Switzerland-Swiss Cooperation Office, working on water management in the Bekaa Valley. Ventured into a number of entrepreneurial journeys in contracting and a double sided online services marketplace. Currently working on a very change-driven project scope, implementing cutting edge technology in water management, in the Bekaa.

Nada El Mais
Expert in stimulating and generating ideas, creating revenue models, public speaking, empowering, team building, ice-breaking, building an online/offline business and knowledge management.

Nada El Mais, a Management Information Systems’ instructor at LIU. A social entrepreneur (President and Founder of Keen International). She’s also a trainer, mentor and coach for startups as she was selected one of the top women social entrepreneurs in the MENA region. Her passion is to empower youth and women. 

Aya Hoteit
Expert in Product development

Aya is a solution-oriented entrepreneur who sees opportunities in issues that citizens and communities face on daily basis following a human centered approach. She believes that creating processes, services and products can go a long way beyond traditional industries and has put that into action after winning first stage in Innovative Product Design at the International biodiversity Day 2012 at AUB. In 2014, Aya founded Deeds, Lebanon's first community mobilizer, after observing the need for a catalyst in the local community development and civic engagement scene. In 2016, Aya founded CIVVIES, an eco-friendly brand working on producing sustainable garments from recycled PET bottle-polyester and natural linens.    Aya is a Swedish Institute She Entrepreneur Fellow, MIT Media Lab Workshop Collaborator, WeMENA Fellow, Ashoka ChangemakerXChange Participant and an UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab Participant who is actively involved in the local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Gerald Matar
PhD, Environmental Science and Engineering Wastewater treatment and Water Reuse

Gerald is the Project Manager at Saint Joseph University and Foundation Diane Chair in Education for Eco-citizenship and Sustainable Development (CEEDD)Environmental Scientist and Water Specialist, Gerald completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from KAUST, with great emphasis on wastewater treatment and water reuse using state-of-the-art technologies. Gerald contributed to several academic collaborations through proposal writing and fundraising, and he holds a M.S. in Water Chemistry and Microbiology from ENSIP, France and Bachelors’ degree in Biochemistry from USEK, Lebanon.

Moustafa Baalbaki
Expert in iOS Development

Mustafa Baalbaki is a Senior Freelance iOS Engineer. After graduating as a Civil Engineer 7 years ago, he switched careers to follow his passion of iOS development. He worked for KnowledgeView developing iOS apps for major MENA newspapers and magazines then joined the startup Saily, building and maintaining the next generation of it. He attended Apple's WWDC 2012 and WWDC 2016 in San Francisco and got featured by Apple in the latter in "The New Beginnings" video for what inspired him to start coding. He attended Apple TV tech talks in New York. Baalbaki is also an instructor at New Horizons, DAC summer camp at AUB, TeensWhoCode and a mentor at Speed@BDD startup accelerator. His first app was Beirut Electricity which was a major hit on the Lebanese App Store, ranking #1.

Malek Hijazi
Expert in Android & Web Developer

Malek is a Freelance Senior Android & Web developer with more than 6 years of experience in developing  Android & Web apps. Throughout the years he gained experience in UI/UX. He worked at FOO_ developing Android and Web apps for major clients in the MENA region. He then joined Saily, a US based startup, taking a lead role in designing and developing the Android app and website. As a freelancer, Hijazi worked on various projects and tasks targeting different skills to deliver high quality apps. He’s also a lead technical consultant and developer of various product based start-ups. 

Seth Shumate
PhD, CTO of Agrytech

Seth Shumate is the CTO of the Agrytech Accelerator program and actively volunteers as a mentor to startups.  He co-founded two solar energy research and development companies in the US.  His PhD focused on materials science for solar cell process technology which resulted in several awarded patents, academic papers, and federal research grants.        

Elia Ghorra
Director of Domaine de Taanail/Arcenciel. Agricultural engineer, with an MBA. Expert in dairy production, ecotourism, smart agriculture and general management.

Dima Boulad
Expert in Design

Ali Chehade
Expert in Early stage startups, Marketing strategies, Creative problem solving, Public speaking & pitching

Ali is a marketing and communications consultant for multiple companies and a strategist and adviser for early-stage startups. He is a TV host/producer on Future TV's prime-time show Bala Toul Sireh and morning show Alam Al Sabah. In addition to his passion for television, Ali is the founder of The Dream Matcher (Lebanon's longest running networking event) and Just Peanuts (a pioneering Lebanese peanut butter brand). 

Marc Keedi

Elias Ghadban
President of Cooperation without Borders (CWB) for Tailored development

Elias, PhD in Development studies and an agriculture engineer by profession and practice, has extensive experience in the energy-food-water nexus in semi-arid areas. He implemented innovative climate smart agriculture livelihoods projects in MENA and SSA. He has programmed water saving technology interventions under forced displacement. Elias is now following on an agriculture program aiming to develop resilient agriculture livelihoods in Yemen.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Zahle (Bekaa) is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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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 serving as CEO & Co-founder of Moubarmijand on the executive board of ISOC Lebanon. Started PiC, an NGO which was among the final 20 out of 394 worldwide initiatives, at the Hivos Social Innovation Award in the Netherlands in 2014. 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 on successful campaigns. She also leads Startup Weekend with multiple themes (Startup Weekend Global Editions Competition winner for SW Beirut Environment). Startup Digest Curator Lebanon, Startup Weekend Global Facilitator, Techstars Community Leader for Lebanon.President of the class of 2017 for AMENDS at Stanford and Global Hub Coordinator Lebanon for AMENDS at Stanford. She is a natural leader with the ability to motivate both individuals and teams and has extensive experience in 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 projects that can make a difference to the world and enable other people to a better quality of life with better solutions. She actively supports entrepreneurship and women in business.
     She recently initiated in December 2017, an online platform that enables entrepreneurs everywhere in the world to connect with mentors for help, free of charge. 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. She's the girl from Lebanon's tech women entrepreneurs campaign "Who is Layal?" Chosen as part of the Youth Solutions Report 2017 for organizations shaping the world by the United Nations. And was selected as a ChangeMaker for the CMX in Dubai by Ashoka for 2017, AMENDS Delegate for 2017 at Oxford University and the TechWomen Program 2017 an Initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Layal is the Winner of the #Shabab2030 competition by MBC Hope, Dubai January 2018 and chosen by ICANN for the ICANN61 fellowship in Puerto Rico March 2018.

Event Staff

Fadi Naffah
Agrytech Program Manager at Berytech

With more than 15 years of international experience in management in different disciplines, Fadi amassed diversified knowledge in the fields of technology implementation and business transformation delivering value to stakeholders through engagements in consulting, project management, telecom, IT and software solution, operations, and entrepreneurship support programs. With a strong business mindset and a firm commitment to achieve excellence, Fadi actively advises early-stage start-ups in Lebanon and Africa. Fadi holds an Executive MBA from ESCP Europe, Master of Engineering in Telecommunications and Computer Science, he is a certified Business Incubation Manager from InBIA and PMP Certified.

Reina Dib
Head of Communication & Outreach at Berytech

Reina is the head of Communication & Outreach at Berytech

Haya Farah
Service Designer

Danielle Monsef
Agriculture Student

Lillian Volat
Project Leader at CEWAS Middle East

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