INVESTMED engages with key actors in Lebanon and Tunisia to support green and sustainable entrepreneurship development
Ten of the most relevant and active Business Support Organizations (BSOs) were selected and invited at the consultation sessions organised by INVESTMED, following the initial mapping of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lebanon and Tunisia.
The selected BSOs discussed with INVESTMED project experts the current challenges and opportunities that the enterprises face in the region and provided input on the most essential skills and needs of the entrepreneurs.
The INVESTMED consultation sessions were designed with the goal of engaging with the key actors both in the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) and Blue and Green economy.
- The first INVESTMED consultation session dedicated to Lebanon was held on March 30th with 19 participants. Among them, representatives of 7 leading Lebanese BSOs, active in green and sustainable entrepreneurship. The session was chaired by the INVESTMED partner in Lebanon, Beyond Group (LE).
- The second INVESTMED consultation session, dedicated to Tunisia, was held on March 31st with 18 participants and with the presence of 3 BSOs. The session was chaired by INVESTMED’s lead partner, the Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (BUSINESSMED - TU).
In both sessions the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA - ES), presented the challenges and opportunities in the Blue, Green and Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI). The skills and needs assessment survey were presented by the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (IED - GR), and the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA - IT) presented the main guidelines and time frame of the project.
INVESTMED is setting up a framework to strengthen Women and Youth Entrepreneurship in Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia. This framework will provide expertise, training, coaching and funding to selected start-ups and newly established MSMEs in the target countries.
The INVESTMED project is co-funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020. INVESTMED will have an impact on MSMEs, start-ups and recently established enterprises where staff will be trained and coached to become more sustainable and competitive and financially supported via an open competition. INVESTMED has a duration of 30 months, with a total budget of 3.8 Million euro, of which 3.4 Million euro are funded by the European Union (90%).