ArabNet To Launch Report On Lebanese Innovation Economy - Tech Startups

ArabNet Team, Jan 09 2018

ArabNet is launching an exciting new research entitled “Lebanese Innovation Economy - Tech Startups”. Inspired by Daniel Isenberg’s “Domains of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem,” the research analyzes Lebanese tech startups through the lens of the following six pillars: ease of access to funding, ease of access to talent and tech skills, strength of infrastructure and support organizations, ease of access to markets and customers, a culture of entrepreneurship, and finally regulatory frameworks.

This research is a holistic study utilizing a uses a mixed-methodology approach while analyzing the entrepreneurship ecosystem. First, the research measures the perceptions of Lebanese tech startups regarding the challenges and opportunities facing the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Second, ArabNet incorporates roundtable findings into the study. By combining the findings of the quantitative startup survey and the qualitative roundtable, the report aims to highlight the gaps and strengths of the ecosystem. The study aims to guide vested stakeholders make informed decisions in their investments, programs, projects, and policies.

The roundtable, conducted in Beirut in 2017 and titled “Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, consisted of industry stakeholders and decision makers. It focused on measuring the impact of the Central Bank of Lebanon’s Circular 331 and evaluating market opportunities. Meanwhile, the survey targets owners of technology and digital startups with a working product or service based in Lebanon. Using a referral-sampling approach, the online survey sampled digital startup founders, co-founders, or partners.

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