Entrepreneurship in Lebanon articles

Don’t miss out on innovation

Don’t miss out on innovation

Instead of finishing his degree in IT engineering at Damascus University, 25-year-old Ayham* fled Syria with his family to Lebanon in 2012. At first, he worked on a banana plantation, then as a graphic designer. With the help of a scholarship that covered half his tuition, he finally finished a degree in computer science at

Innovation economy needs investment

Lebanon being Lebanon, there are no statistics. But by the accounts of stakeholders throughout the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, one big gap is not being filled: strong financial support from the state for research and development (R&D). Many governments make R&D investments, and the Lebanese government does fund the National Center for Scientific Research—which has four

Still starting up

Over the past four or five years, it has been conceived, announced, born, developed, mapped, hyped, challenged, expanded, reassessed, praised, mapped again, hyped to excess, and questioned. But all the talk makes it hard to assess the true state of Lebanon’s tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in 2017. Finance—in form of the funds mobilized under Circular 331,

Top 20 Entrepreneurs in 2015

Every year Executive highlights 20 of the finest entrepreneurs in Lebanon. For this year, we focused on companies which either had a strong environmental or social impact, and which had a large job creation prospect. Listed in alphabetical order below, the following entrepreneurs and businesses are those that Executive has chosen as the Top 20 enterprises in

Mother and child reunion

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. MomAdvice Industry: e-Health Product: Health care app Product launch: 2016 Established: 2015 Employees: 3 Founders: Rita Deek and Nicholas Chehade Rita Deek, a trained psychologist, was continuously approached

Educating with intelligence

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. Taaheel (Lebanese Association for Rehabilitation and Development) Industry: Education Product: Special educational needs assessment kit Product launch: 2008 Established: 2008 Employees: 9 Founder: Hoda Bibi Taaheel was started in

From apps to appreneurship

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. TEDMOB Industry: Technology and apps Product: Various Product launch: 2015 Established: 2015 Employees: 14 Founder: Mario Hachem TEDMOB – Technology Entertainment Development for Mobile – was formed at

The brains of the operation

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. TickleMyBrain Industry: Recruitment Product: Resume and presentation services Product launch: 2012 Established: 2012 Employees: 4 Founder: Tara Nehme Tara Nehme, the Lebanese-Canadian founder of TickleMyBrain (TMB), first noticed

Building blocks

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. Urbacraft Industry: Consumer and retail Product: Construction toy and educational kit Product launch: 2014 Established: 2014 Employees: 1 Founders: Sabine de Maussion and Ayssar Arida Sabine de Maussion

Some assembly required

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. Modeo Industry: Furniture and design Product: Modular assembly furniture Product launch: 2016 Established: 2015 Employees: 2 Founders: Emile Arayes and Aline Gemayel Modeo is a young startup launched in February

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