GIMED: 20 entrepreneurs on a journey to turn their solutions into successful green startups in Lebanon
In Lebanon, twenty green solutions have been selected to join the Green Applied Research & Innovations Support Program giving green innovators and researchers the chance to turn their solutions into successful green startups.
In the context of the EU-funded Green Impact MED Project (GIMED) under the ENI CBC Med programme, our Lebanese partner Berytech will build the capacities of these selected researchers and innovators throughout a 10-month program, offering them the needed access to financing and networking opportunities and supporting them to develop their green business model to bring their innovation to the Mediterranean markets, contribute to a greener economy, and secure more jobs, especially for women and youths.
We are happy to be onboarding the 20 selected projects and to be able to empower these amazing green entrepreneurs to turn their solutions into viable startups
Meet the Projects
Selected projects span across energy-saving, pollution-prevention, waste-recycling, and environmental solutions.
Now Energy Hub is an e-commerce platform that supports users to reduce their energy bills by analyzing their existing systems and recommending necessary modifications. It offers a wide range of energy efficient products and renewable energy solutions.
Urban Hives is a low-cost, lightweight, modular structure, erected above car height, providing a shaded area for parking beneath and garden space above. Its modular structure is designed to be easily assembled and disassembled, reducing waste and preserving cost and waste efficiency.
Lebanon Waste Management tackles the recycling of plastic and sand glass turning them into tiles and bricks.
R&D is a smart application for an electric vehicle charger with the ability to adapt the application to different chargers and smart features helping reduce the load on the circuit.
Partners with sun! is a solar convection oven that saves fuel and electricity that can be used in dairy production, bakeries, fruit drying, cans, juices, and limitless usages.
NPK uses common containers turned into green spaces that can be used to plant a wide range of products like vegetables and mushroom.
Roxxic for design and construction is an ecofriendly provider of affordable and customized industrial designs and construction appliances made of crushed stones. It aims to reduce the usage of cement and other harmful materials used in industrial designs and construction while promoting sustainability.
Lebanese Drug Box is a Lebanese drug take-back program that aims at providing a safe and convenient place to responsibly dispose unused or expired medicines.
Article 3 tackles waste in the fashion industry by upcycling discarded garments, fabric or textile through a local network of in-need seamstresses and creative young designers to offer a wearable fashion product that allows consumers to decrease their personal carbon footprint.
Recycler Donation tackles waste management through a service that recycles, reuses, reduces and repurposes waste but also donates in order to help people in need.
Green Spill tackles oil spills from ships and pipelines in water using specific herbs and edible powders that alters the way of spreading of oil on water and causes its shrinkage which will help in cleaning up the oil spill along with mechanical oil spill response methods.
Solar Ray Ampere is a portable electric box that provides a green alternative power supply with electricity charged from solar power that has no cost of operation, is noise- free and has a 2 to 4 year lifespan.
NeoPlast are biodegradable plastic bags made from starch for single-use or multiple-use that they are practical, food-safe, biodegradable, durable and as affordable as nylon products.
Ecopia produces natural and biodegradable single-use plates and bowls based on citrus and garlic processing wastes to replace single-use plastics in cutlery and packaging applications. The products are 100% natural, have remarkable strength, are waterproof and can be customized into any shape or design.
StrawHat Organics is an AI-enabled Cloud IoT gateway and dashboard for operations, management, and monitoring of organic permaculture and agriculture.
Wave aims to reduce commuting and pollution problems by introducing affordable electric bicycles, starting with a pilot in Beirut. They are fast, environmentally friendly, affordable, and hassle-free. They come with free maintenance, helmet and insurance included.
Cigacycle tackles the collection of cigarette litter and processing it into reusable material.
4a Better Future innovates the use of wind turbines to provide power to light up roads during winter and rainy periods.
Kwikpak Shelter is a ready to deploy emergency housing unit for quick mobilization and rapid response, along with a web-based mobile application. The shelter is made of reusable and recyclable materials, foldable, reusable, thus reducing the waste and minimizing the pollution.
Froz is expanding the eco-conscious community by gamifying waste reduction through a community-based E-commerce platform that gives access to many eco-friendly products, while highlighting each product’s impact.
The Green Applied Research & Innovations Support Program offers the selected green researchers access to business support tailored to their needs, access to grants and funding opportunities, access to international and regional B2B meetings and trade deals, access to the GIMED’s Mediterranean network of green partners and investors, access to Berytech’s network of entrepreneurs, professionals, media, funding companies and international partners, and access to the Switchers National Partnership services offered at Lebanese and regional levels.
The selected startups will go through a 2-month capacity building program tailored to support them at the end of which they will pitch in front of a selected jury that will select 10 entrepreneurs who will continue in the next acceleration phase.
The pitching teams will be screened based on their value proposition, their innovation, the applicability of their technology, their green business model and scalability potential, their environmental and social impacts, their implementation capacity, and finally on their pitch effectiveness.