Author Archives: Olga Habre

Focusing on scale-ups in Lebanon

Focusing on scale-ups in Lebanon

Scale-ups—startups with success and growth potential—can help economies more than other types of SMEs, and providing them with the right kind of support to succeed would take comparatively little effort but garner a large impact, according to a joint 2018 report by global consultancy firm Strategy& and entrepreneurship non-profit Endeavor, which was revealed at an

Design and gender identity in Lebanon

Design is an essential part of our lives and how we interact with our environments, and it changes with society, catering to shifting needs. Design can also be the agent for change, shaping the way we think about the concept of identity, in particular gender identity. Many people still use the terms sex and gender

Nurturing Lebanon’s design ecosystem

On March 28, Fashion Trust Arabia awarded Lebanese designers Krikor Jabotian, Roni Helou, Selim Azzam, and the Mukhi Sisters at a fashion event in Qatar—and the Lebanese rejoiced posting congratulations on social media. The Lebanese take pride in such success stories of local designers, and boast about a rich national history of creative enterprises. They

Toward a cashless society

Banking, like many other industries, is steadily moving toward digitization to accommodate changing lifestyles. People now need solutions to banking challenges that did not previously exist. With busy schedules, more travel, a surge in e-commerce, and a plethora of innovations that are spurring a global shift, the growing tech-native generation is increasingly asking to conduct

Gemmayze 2.0

Beirut’s traditional Gemmayze quarter is witnessing a hospitality renaissance. A quick walk (or a slow drive) down the newly-paved Rue Gouraud and its less populated cousin, the lower and parallel Rue Pasteur, reveals a changing landscape of restaurants and coffee shops, design and art spaces, modern boutiques, and offices—almost all of them new faces, save

The growing pains of Lebanon’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

Despite the one big news story that dominated watercooler conversations in entrepreneurship circles, the community at large had a comparitively good year. The quality and quantity of startups has increased, as witnessed at multiple demo days throughout 2018. Several exciting international and regional events were staged in Beirut, some for the first time. There is

12 new Lebanese startups

In previous years, attending a startup demo day in Beirut—where hopeful graduates of accelerator programs present their projects and pitch for recognition and financial investments—tended to require a will to smile politely and some tolerance for boredom. But in September and October of this year, demo days and startup competitions with Lebanese entrants—some held in

An interview with Bookwitty chief executive Cyril Hadji-Thomas

To understand as much as possible about the inside perspective and mindset related to the first high-profile  failure of a Lebanese startup, Executive sat down with Cyril Hadji-Thomas, the stakeholder at the heart of Bookwitty. E  We heard many things when investigating this case. Among them, allegations that a large number of subsidiaries had been

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