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Sweet dreams (are made of this)

Sweet dreams (are made of this)

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. Dream Matcher Industry: Event management Product: Networking conference Product launch: 2012 Established: 2012 Employees: No fixed employees; freelancers Founders: Ali Chehade Ali Chehade’s Dream Matcher networking event began

To be heard and not seen

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. Fallound Industry: Technology and social networking Product: Mobile app Product launch: Late 2015 Established: 2015 Employees: 4 Founders: Stefano Fallaha and Emad Yehya Adviser: Habib Haddad Fallound is a startup

Recycling history

We are being governed incompetently. 2015 proved that. Not only did the government’s handling of waste management allow one of the country’s worst environmental disasters to unfold, but it is replicating bad decisions it made nearly 20 years ago. In 1997, the cabinet gave one local company a monopoly on most of the nation’s waste

The heart of the matter

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 for 2015. Read more stories from our entrepreneurship in Lebanon section, for the latest analysis on the country’s ecosystem. CardioDiagnostics Industry: Health care and ICT Product: Heart monitoring devices and analysis Established: 2011 Employees: 10 fixed employees Founder: Ziad Sankari When Ziad Sankari lost his father to

The fast & the furious

The acceleration business in Lebanon is moving faster than ever, and as the impact of Circular 331 is felt across the ecosystem, startups and scaleups are being presented with more opportunities to learn from both local and global experts. The acceleration process varies across the different programs; each accelerator has its own pattern in terms

The startup state

The plans to create a successful startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem are tentatively falling into place in Lebanon. From Circular 331 to the launch of new accelerators, the sector has changed dramatically over the last five, or even three, years. Executive brings you a small overview of some of the latest developments and challenges to the

Time to talk it up a notch

Lebanon is at a crossroads. It has been two years since the announcement of Circular 331, and the murmurings of a revitalised golden age brought about by our startup and entrepreneurial system. Whilst it might be too early to speak of the clear tangible benefits to the Lebanese economy, there is obvious traction within the

Blame it on Bassil

E   What was minister Bassil’s plan to reach 24 hours of electricity by 2015? [Bassil decided] that we needed barges imported from Turkey, a new [power plant to generate] 700 megawatts, to rehab Zouk, Jiyeh, Zehrani, Deir Ammar and Baalbek, and the implementation of 1,500 megawatts from [public-private partnerships]. [Bassil] talked to then prime

Rivers of corruption

In late October the streets of Beirut filled with water. A torrential downpour, common for this time of the year, washed the garbage accumulations on various empty lots and roadside spots onto the city’s streets, turning what was solid waste into a disgusting viscous soup. After six weeks of disagreement over the emergency plan, the

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