Collaborative state-of-the-art experience
Boost female entrepreneurship
Become a game changer
Women Tech Startup Beirut (WTSUP!) is a 3 – day event designed to deliver state-of-the-art startup education in Lebanon to early-stage female entrepreneurial teams carefully vetted by trusted local partner organisations. This is a pilot event for 40 talented participants that aims to encourage gender equality in the Lebanese entrepreneurial community by deploying the best practices in entrepreneurship education currently available in Finland and customizing it to suit the local needs. This event is also intended to set the stage for a longer-term collaboration and community building between the Finnish / Nordic area startup-ecosystems and Lebanon’s´s startup ecosystems.
WTSUP! Beirut is a completely new form of collaboration; it is partnered with the leading Lebanese entrepreneurship educator partners of Beirut Digital District, LNE: Mind the Gap, Nawaya Network, Injaz Lebanon and from Finland, the initiative is associated with Aalto University School of Business, Hanken School of Economics, The Shortcut and the Embassy of Finland in Lebanon. WTSUP! Beirut 2019 is sponsored by Société Générale de Banque au Liban, Cedar Mundi, Phoenician Funds, and Mr. Zafer Chaoui – Consul General of Finland and supported by the LLBW – Lebanese League for Women in Business.
Beirut Digital District is located in Central Beirut and is currently the largest tech and entrepreneurship community in Lebanon hosting 1500+ community members, 100+ companies including 4 startup accelerators, 2 VCs, startups, scaleups and multiple support organizations.
Beirut Digital District is also committed to support talent development and the entrepreneurial ecosystem through various initiatives and programs. BDD collaborates with educational institutions and ecosystem players on mentorship events, competitions, conferences and has recently launched the BDD Academy to develop talent starting from school and throughout their professional journey.
Mind the Gap is the Lebanese National Energy (LNE) newly formed subcommittee with a vision to ignite overdue change in mentality making use of current worldwide momentum to reflect a different perspective.The mission of this forum is to identify and highlight different capacities and skills through discussions of challenges with concrete solutions by exploring the roles of all the parties involved, distinguishing the respective roles of Governments, private sector and civil society for strengthening partnerships and impact assessment
Our mission: We aim to discover the hidden potential in disadvantaged youth, connect them to resources that would help them develop their skills, and ultimately empower them to shape their future.
Our Vision: To create an interconnected global community committed to the development and empowerment of marginalized youth around the world.
INJAZ Lebanon, a non-profit organization, aims to educate and prepare Lebanon’s youth to become qualified and successful employees and entrepreneurs in a growing regional and global economy. We actively engage the business community through our volunteer based model that allows independent professionals and corporate volunteers, to share their experiences through the implementation of our varied educational programs that focus on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.
Since our foundation in 2001, over 60,000 youths, aged 10 to 24 years old, have participated in INJAZ Lebanon’s hands-on training programs spanning Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, South of Lebanon and North Lebanon, thanks to the generous support of over 2,500 volunteer professionals. By building bridges between educational institutions and the business sector, we are able to equip youth with the skills and mindsets required to become the business leaders and entrepreneurs that stimulate their communities.
INJAZ Lebanon is an affiliate of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide®, the world's largest and fastest growing youth business organization dedicated to educating students about Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy. We are also a member of INJAZ Al-Arab, a confederation of 14 Arab countries working on a common mission for Arab youth.
More info about the Embassy from links below.
The Shortcut is a non profit organisation, owned by Startup Foundation, which also owns entities such as Slush, Junction, Wave Ventures, and a startup-hub Maria 01.
The Shortcut inspires and empowers people from diverse backgrounds to consider technology and startups as a way of (re)building their future.
As a community-driven initiative, we help people to grow professionally by organising knowledge sharing workshops, events and gatherings (training programmes, peer learning activities, role models, networking and internships opportunities) to be more employable ready by high growth companies. Examples of programmes: Girls Coding Club, React Club, School of Startups, Catalyst programme etc.
For further information, go check The Shortcut website https://theshortcut.org/ and our social media below
LLWB, founded in 2006, is a socio-economic, apolitical, non-religious association bringing together professional women and providing them with a platform for (1) Sharing Experiences, (2) Developing Competencies and Skills, (3) Establishing Networks and Exchanging Expertise, (4) Accessing funds and (5) Mentorship.
LLWB’s mission has been driven by building partnerships and collaborations with various stakeholders in the ecosystem that share similar goals of addressing socio-economic gaps. The association operates according to four pillars which dictate the implementation of current and future activities: Good Governance, Business and Members' Development, Advocacy and Community Development.
WTSUP! Beirut is proudly sponsored by
The SGBL group is a major player on the international banking scene, operating in Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates and Europe. It provides a complete and personalized range of universal type banking services to individuals and corporate clients: Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Private Banking as well as specialized financial services through its affiliated companies: Fidus (wealth management and financial brokerage), Sogelease Liban (financial leasing), SGBL Insurance (Life Insurance) and CTM (Credit Card Processing).
Ø Firm Believers in Lebanon’s innovation capability;
Ø Strong Advocates of Lebanon’s intellectual wealth in the homeland and the Diaspora;
Ø Committed Supporters of Banque du Liban’s initiatives towards promoting Lebanon’s Knowledge Economy;
INVESTMENT FINANCE OVERVIEW
Ø SGBL’s Investment Finance offers specialized services spanning across Corporate & Venture Finance, Strategic Advisory, Structured Finance and Asset Management.
Ø The Investment Finance Team gathers a specialized management and technicians, with deep knowledge of financial markets and experience in offering tailored solutions to institutions, corporations, startups and key clients.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECOSYSTEM:
Ø Sponsors & Agents of the Cedar Mundi Fund and Phoenician Fund I, having helped raise a combined $71M to date, with a view to raise up to an additional $50M by the end of 2020;
Ø Investors in select VC funds (Berytech I, Berytech II, Leap Investments I, Cedar Mundi, Phoenician Fund I) and startup opportunities, having committed to-date circa $35M;
Ø Activists on the Boards of several VC funds and the Investment Committee of Cedar Mundi, with a view to ensure good governance and a harmonization of stakeholders’ interests.
About Kuwait Holding group
The Kuwait Holding group of companies is a leading principal investor, asset manager and tech-driven conglomerate based in Kuwait, with listings on the Kuwait and Dubai stock exchanges. Kuwait Holding group comprises, among others, Aqarat (aqarat.com.kw), Arzan Financial Group (arzan.com.kw), First Takaful Insurance (firsttakaful.com.kw, ticker : FTI KK), Ghaliah (ghaliah.com), Gulfmart (gulfmartkuwait.com), International Financial Advisors (ifakuwait.com, ticker : IFA KK), IFA Food (ifafood.com, oncost.com), IFA Hotels & Resorts (ifahotelsresorts.com, ticker : IFAHR KK), MIAX (miaxoptions.com), Yotel (yotel.com). In addition to principal investments in digital technology, Kuwait Holding manages to date venture capital and private equity funds in excess of $250 million, through its affiliates Arzan Venture Capital (UAE, arzanvc.com), Cedar Mundi Ventures (Lebanon, cedarmundi.com), Chart Venture Partners (USA, chartventure.com) and Nox Management (Kuwait, noxmanagement.com).
And with the support of Mr. Zafer Chaoui, Honorary Consul General of Finland
Hands-on academic experts
The project co-founders of WTSUP! Beirut are two hands-on academic entrepreneurship experts: Dr. Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä ( Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, Aalto University) and Fouad-Philippe Saade (Doctoral Researcher, Hanken School of Economics). Jukka-Pekka has significant expertise in designing and deploying entrepreneurship workshops and events in both extreme (e.g. North Korea) and advanced (Finland, USA) settings. Fouad-Philippe is a Lebanese expatriate, expert on migrant entrepreneurship, family business entrepreneur, and a corporate finance specialist.
WTSUP! Beirut workshops, panels, and mentoring will be conducted by an elite team of 15 expert digital entrepreneurship educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers. Their expertise lies, among others, in web development, experience design, venture capital, analytics, mobile platforms, impact design, mobility, start-up team formation, product development, brand strategy, social innovation, ecosystem building, food technologies, social impact, and leadership. Experienced Lebanese mentors are also joining the mentoring and panel discussion sessions.
Speakers and panelists of the 2019 WTSUP! Beirut
Tarja Fernández, Ambassador of Finland
Adel Abdelatif Afiouni, Minister of State for Information Technology
Priscilla Elora Sharuk, Co-Founder of Myki
Anne Badan, CEO of The Shortcut
Mouhamad Rabah, CEO of Beirut Digital District
Zafer Chaoui, Honorary Consul General of Finland with 40 years of business experience between Finland and Lebanon
Dr. Lina Daouk-Öyry, Assistant Professor, AUB
Rania Abou Nader, General Manager of Business Motion
Aino Piirtola, Head of Slush Global Impact Accelerator
Reine Abbas, CEO of Spica Tech Academy and Co-Founder of Wixel Studios.
Zakie Karam, CEO of DON Telecom on behalf of the LLWB
Michelle Mouracade, Country Director of Alfanar
Dr. Elina Koivisto, Aalto University
Professor Simon Down, Anglia Ruskin University
and other speakers
The jury of WTSUP! Beirut pitching competition