Source: Automobile Importers Association

Kings of the road

Car dealers are trying to keep upbeat. Weaker consumer purchasing power, and the overall economic malaise in the country are making it hard to do so, even if on paper it looks as if there is still growth in the sector due to consistently solid sales volumes. According to the Automobile Importers Association (AIA), the number

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Running on empty

Executive met with Antoine Boukather, the recently appointed president of the Automobile Importers Association of Lebanon, to discuss the sector, the new regulations on loans, and regulatory issues in the transport sector.   It has been another difficult year for the sector, despite marginal growth. Yes, the figures are the same, but they don’t reflect

|Greg Demarque|

The road to more traffic

Road transportation in Lebanon is getting steadily worse. Traffic is congested, law enforcement is sporadic, half of the country’s cars skip the annual inspection, and public transport is almost nonexistent. The good news should be that a new traffic law has been passed by Parliament, 20 vehicles to be equipped with speed radar have been

Yellow Bitcoin

Beyond the lira

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Yellow Distributed Technologies   Industry: ICT, financial services Project/product: Yellow Bitcoin payment processor Year of incorporation: 2014 Product launch: 2014 Employees: One Board of directors: Yes, four

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Focusing on the foundation

This article is part of an Executive special report on entrepreneurship. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up November’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   When I was asked to write an article for Lebanese readers about developing tech hubs and how to look at regional specifics, at first I wondered if

Solarfans

Solar energy and beyond

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Yelloblue   Industry: Alternative energy Year of incorporation: 2012 Employees: 14 Board of directors: No Founder: Antoine Kaldany   Though alternative energy is emerging thanks to resourceful

Double exit (Bossi | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0)

Exit fever

This article is part of an Executive special report on entrepreneurship. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up November’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   The idea of a successful entrepreneur re-investor has been verified everywhere. It’s a virus,” says Hala Fadel, chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum for the Pan Arab

Water System HHO

No more wasted fuel

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Water System HHO Industry: Energy efficiency Year of incorporation: 2000 Project launch: 2008 Employees: None Board of directors: No Founder: Fadi Moghrabi   Entrepreneurs are often commended

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Entrepreneurship and education

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   White Mountain Technologies   Industry: Information Technology and software for education providers Product: Skoolee school management and student information system Year of establishment: 2007 Shareholders: Five shareholders,

Via Mobile

Mobile transactions for all

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Via Mobile   Industry: Financial services and ICT Project/Product: Simba mobile payment solution Year of incorporation: 2010 Product launch: 2013 Employees at time of interview: Six and

(Greg Demarque| Executive)

Your way to avoid traffic

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Tari’ak   Industry: ICT Project/product: Tari’ak Product launch: 2014 Employees: None, four members involved in project hold equity Board of directors: No, two-member board of advisors Founder:

Sharp Minds

An end to power cuts

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Sharp Minds   Industry: Electricity storage and renewable energy Year of incorporation: 2011 Project/Product: Energy24 Founders/Shareholders: Antoine Saab and Nadia Moussouni  Employees: Two technicians, plus four technicians

Roxana

Big Data management

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Roxana Industry: ICT, Big Data, data analytics, information intelligence Project/Product: Implify Year of incorporation: 1999 (SARL), 2001 (offshore), 2005 (SAL) Product launch: 2014 Employees: 16 Board of

Hydroponic greens (luvjnx | Flickr | CC BY 2.0)

Tech and land combined

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   LifeLab research Project: Computer controlled 3,000 square meter hydroponic farm in South Lebanon Industry: Agriculture and IT Founder: Ali Makhzoum Employees at time of interview: None Board

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Aiming for solar success

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Green Tech   Industry: Alternative energy Year of incorporation: 2003 Employees: 12 Board of directors: No Founders: Alec Koulajian, Kevork Koulajian   For about four months of

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