Berytech participates in EU-Funded THE NEXT SOCIETY movement

ArabNet Team, Nov 17 2017

Berytech - Ecosystem for Lebanese Entrepreneurs, successfully launched THE NEXT SOCIETY in Lebanon yesterday, a European Union-funded movement gathering entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, public and private innovation stakeholders in Europe and the Mediterranean.

“To make the success of SMEs in Lebanon sustainable, a whole culture of entrepreneurship has to be grown and nurtured, which is exactly the objective of The Next Society project. The aim is to translate ideas into products and services that generate growth, create jobs and make our countries a better place to live in,” commented Ambassador Christina Lassen - Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon.

Under the theme, A Shared Ambition for the Mediterranean, the launch event was part of Berytech’s activities during Global Entrepreneurship Week, in collaboration with Beirut Digital District (BDD). “We are very proud to be the exclusive partners of THE NEXT SOCIETY in Lebanon, as we share the same mission, shaping the future of the region… shaping the future of the Mediterranean,” commented Maroun N. Chammas – Chairman and CEO of Berytech during his welcome speech.

Over a hundred professionals and experts - representatives of public institutions, entrepreneurs, investors and innovation support networks from Lebanon, the region and Europe, gathered to exchange views on the activities implemented by the initiative, which aim to accompany change in the region by placing the private sector at the core of the dialogue as well as innovation and competitiveness measures.

Emmanuel Noutary, General Delegate from ANIMA Investment Network, also took the opportunity to unveil THE NEXT SOCIETY’s action plan implemented over 4 years, with the support of the European Union, through improving policy frameworks, fostering start-up success, promoting and internationalising clusters, and supporting technology transfer offices.

The launch also included the announcement of the three Lebanese entrepreneur winners of the Start-up Booster Track Competition, a flexible support programme for entrepreneurs in the MENA region, which aims to support the bridge with key markets in Europe, Africa, the Gulf, and USA.

A panel discussion titled The Next Innovators, Shaping the Future in the Mediterranean covered the status, challenges and growth opportunities for the Lebanese innovation ecosystem focusing on 3 building blocks: start-ups, clustering and technology transfer and the support offered by THE NEXT SOCIETY.

The event ended with three concurrent thematic workshops taking place, including The Clusters Booster Track workshop, during which different cluster management issues and experiences were shared; the TTO Booster Track workshop, which explored the TTO status and challenges in Lebanon and solutions and recommendations for the support of these structures; and finally the Mentoring Awareness session, a key component of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accredited Mowgli Mentoring syllabus, which raised awareness about mentoring, its meaning as well as its importance and value in driving economic development and social change. 

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