How Do You Become A Global Marketplace? OLX Shares Their Story
Learn how Lebanon became the fastest growing market among the 35+ countries that OLX operates in. Lebanon's very agile market, the high adaptability of Lebanese people and them being early adopters in general, contributed to the growth of OLX Lebanon.
Learn how Lebanon became the fastest growing market among the 35+ countries that OLX operates in. Lebanon's very agil...
Middle East Completes a Dynamic Decade of Entrepreneurship
Over the past decade, the MENA region has made it onto the global entrepreneurship map, with numerous milestones, as highlighted by Arabnet. The impact of innovation and entrepreneurship from Beirut has also made headlines, with some big ecosystem contributions.
Over the past decade, the MENA region has made it onto the global entrepreneurship map, with numerous milestones, as ...
Can You Pay My Bills? The World of PinPay is Getting Bigger
PinPay, as a FinTech company, was met with many challenges when it was setting up in 2011. As Lebanon and the MENA region are just beginning to excel in the FinTech industry and digital payments, we sat with the bright minds behind PinPay, to talk challenges, trends and the future.
Knock Knock Network
Experts highlight that ‘networking’ is not just about collecting business cards - rather the focus should be on building deep relationships. How should you build solid connections, ask for something and return a favor?
Experts highlight that ‘networking’ is not just about collecting business cards - rather the focus should be on b...
11 Tips For An Effective Social Media Strategy For Your Business
“Social media marketing has proven to be the most effective form of marketing especially compared to traditional media advertising”
“Social media marketing has proven to be the most effective form of marketing especi...
Experts Ignite the Creative Industry in Lebanon
Beirut Digital District and Endeavor Lebanon, in
collaboration with the Beirut Creative Cluster, hosted IGNITE’s first Creative
Chapter in Lebanon, to strengthen bonds in the
entrepreneurial ecosystem and connect entrepreneurs to industry experts to fuel
Beirut Digital District and Endeavor Lebanon, in c...
Jochen Rädeker: “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Radical, Be Revolutionary”
Jochen Rädeker, Co-founder and Managing Partner of the design agency Strichpunkt, visited Lebanon for the first time in June and he was impressed – both by the people and the culture. He shares the strategies that creative companies should adopt to grow.
Jochen Rädeker, Co-founder and Managing Partner of the desi...
Ecomz Announces a $4M Series-A Round!
ECOMZ announces a $4M Series-A round to expand their ecommerce management platform and help merchants sell and grow online!
ECOMZ announces a $4M Series-A round to expand their ecommerce management platform and help mercha...
Rooms that Fit your Mood and Budget, Introducing Moodfit
When designing or furnishing living spaces, people are either deterred by hefty price tags of traditional interior designers or spend countless hours trying to find the perfect furniture pieces. The founders of Moodfit sat around the drawing table to try and find a solution to these issues.
When designing or furnishing living spaces, people are eithe...
Nationwide Commitment to Drive Digital Innovation in Lebanon, Evident at Arabnet Beirut
Official leaders, international experts, investors, entrepreneurs and various organizations from the business ecosystem came together, to envision a more digitally innovative Lebanon at the Arabnet Beirut conference.
Official leaders, international experts, in...
Is it Time to Apply for an Accelerator, Competition or Bootcamp?
As a startup, many questions arise as to when it is time to seek help and join an accelerator program, or a competition, pre-accelerator or bootcamp. Typically, entrepreneurs with great ideas, often find themselves either in need of advice, strategic guidance or funding.
As a startup, many questions arise as to when it is time to seek help and join an accelerator program, or a competiti...
Lebanese Innovation on the Global Map: AUB Wins Google AI Impact Challenge
AUB is one of only 20 organizations around the world which won a grant, as part of Google's AI Impact Challenge. AUB will be developing a water management project with the funds and expertise received.
AUB is one of only 20 organizations around the world which won a grant, as part of Google's AI Impact Challenge. AUB ...
Preserving Heritage, the Renovation of St. Georges Church
As part of BDD’s core values to preserve and restore existing Lebanese heritage, this video, in collaboration with Live Love, showcases the restoration project of the historic St. Georges Church.
As part of BDD’s core values to preserve and restore existing Lebanese heritage, this video, in collaboration with ...
3D Printed Homes, in a Week… Meet Buildink, the Construction Industry Disrupters
Lebanese startup, Buildink, envisioned a new approach to building housing projects, both at a low cost and in an efficient manner. The team devised Robot Concrete 3D Printers solutions, which enables the delivery of single-story homes, in one week.
Lebanese startup, Buildink, envisioned a new approach to building housing projects, both at a low cost and in an effi...
BDD Academy’s Summer Camp - Engineered and Coded
The BDD Academy has geared its efforts towards the youth, with a full-fledged STEAM camp this summer. Throughout the months of July and August, numerous camps for children between the ages of 7 and 18, will provide hands-on experience for the aspirational coders, engineers and entrepreneurs.
Where do Lebanese Women stand in Tech?
integration in the realm of technology has been lagging, as per numerous reports and an
evident gender gap exists in STEM industries. We take a look at how women in Lebanon doing, and the skillsets needed for the future workforce.
Mentored to Greatness
A mentor-mentee relationship needs to be closely managed in order to be fruitful where mentors can help entrepreneurs and professionals reach heights that they cannot achieve alone.
A mentor-mentee relationship needs to be closely managed in order to be fruitful where mentors can help entrepreneurs...
The Levant’s new FinTech Hub: StartechEUS FinHub
StartechEUS FinHub, located in BDD, is the first FinTech hub in
the Levant. The StartechEUS FinHub will play an integral role in accelerating
the growth of carefully chosen FinTech companies, by providing substantial support,
mentorship, access to market and seed funding.
Qualified private tutoring now a reality with Synkers
When Audrey Nakad,
the co-founder of Synkers was still enrolled in university in Montreal, she
worked as a private tutor and teaching assistant. However, she soon realized
that learners were facing difficulties in finding qualified private tutors.
When Audrey Nakad, the co-founder of Synkers was still enrolled ...
The MENA region – young, innovative and successful
Forbes ME sought to recognize the aspiring talent from the region, in its latest index, ‘Middle East 30 under 30’ for 2019. The listing sheds light on movers and shakers, either hailing from the MENA region, or breaking boundaries here.
Forbes ME sought to recognize the aspiring talent from the region, in its latest index, ‘Middle East 30 under 30’...
Sandbox, Agility & Trust: The Fintech Disruption in Lebanon
Experts agreed, without a doubt, that money is
changing form, from physical to digital, and we will soon have a cashless
society. However, the framework of the Lebanese fintech ecosystem needs
Experts agreed, without a doubt, that money is changing form, fr...
Arab Startups to fuel job creation and revenue generation in the region
success stories stemming from the Arab world have made headlines in recent
years, with governments and private institutions actively encouraging and
investing in innovative ventures. The underlying reason is due to the
projection that by 2050, 300 million young people will be looking to enter the
job market in the MENA region.
Business success stories stemming from the Arab world have made ...
Lebanese Startups Leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Many Lebanese startups and 6 from within the BDD community have been chosen in the top 100 Arab startups shaping the fourth industrial revolution! The selection was made by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB).
Many Lebanese startups and 6 from within the BDD community have been chosen in the top 100 Arab startups shaping the ...
Fast Tracking Lebanon’s Fintech Industry: BDD & Visa join forces
Recognizing the potential of the Fintech industry, Visa and BDD joined forces, to fuel growth in the sector. This milestone paves the way for fintech companies to receive the support they need to grow
Recognizing the potential of the Fintech industry, Visa and BDD joined forces...
How did Toters get their first order?
The duo behind Toters, the online marketplace connecting merchants with customers, shared their experiences at the IGNITE Tech chapter, organized by Endeavor Lebanon and the Beirut Digital District (BDD) on what it takes to succeed.
The duo behind
Date: April 01, 2019
By: Beirut Digital District
What happens when teenagers are put in charge of their learning? Introducing TUMO
TUMO Beirut, a learning center for creative technologies, designed an education program that puts teenagers in charge of their own learning. The programs allow students to explore their full potential and step into an ever-changing future, fueled by global powerhouses in innovation.
TUMO Beirut, a learning center for creative technologies, designed an education p...
It Finally Happened: Careem Gets Acquired by Uber!
Uber’s buy-out of Careem is now the largest acquisition of a startup seen in the Middle East so far, with the deal amount surpassing Amazon’s reported $580 million purchase of Souq in 2017.
Uber’s buy-out of Careem is now the largest acq...
How was the Beirut Digital District Community Created?
Phase after phase, the team behind the Beirut Digital District outlined just how dreams could and would be realized.
It was in 2012 that the first part of the unique cluster of innovation became a reality.
Phase after phase, the team behind the Beirut Dig...
What entrepreneurship means to Aino Piirtola, former Head of Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA)
“We help startups meet investors, talent, and potential clients, in order to give them an advantage in the field,” says Aino, former Head of Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA), explaining that, “During Slush, pitching competitions, accelerator workshops and networking events are organized to bring the community together.”
How is this Lebanese entrepreneur using remote surgery to disrupt global healthcare
Shaping the future of surgical care is not an easy journey, but Proximie, an augmented reality platform that provides a remote surgeons assistance, is paving the way for it.
Selling the idea, creating demand
We asked a few entrepreneurs their advice on hiring salespeople. Here is what they had to say
We asked a few entrepreneurs their adv...
Freedom of speech, tech and entrepreneurial spirit fueling Beirut’s growth
“There is freedom of speech, the technology exists in Beirut, the startup ecosystem has huge momentum and fostering equality via entrepreneurship is clearly having a momentum,” says Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä, the co-founder of the WTSUP initiative
“There is freedom of speech, the technology exists in Beirut, the startup ecosy...
Screening of ‘Soufra’ documentary brings Susan Sarandon and Ben Stiller to the Beirut Digital District
The Lebanese premiere of ‘Soufra’, a documentary by Thomas A. Morgan, had Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller and Nadine Labaki front row and center, as the humble story of a catering unit, headed by refugee women unfolded, frame after frame at the Beirut Digital District.
The Lebanese premiere of ‘
Date: March 05, 2019
By: Beirut Digital District
WTSUP! Beirut: Accelerating female-driven Lebanese tech startups
When Nordic and Lebanese entrepreneurial ecosystems merged, the result of was the creation of WTSUP! Beirut. The pro bono initiative seeks to provide female-driven Lebanese tech companies with education and acceleration opportunities, which unfolded in the heart of BDD in February.
When Nordic and Lebanese entrepreneurial ecosystems merged, ...
MENA region must adapt to digitization to survive
The MENA Roadshow event, hosted by the Digital Arabia Network (DAN), in partnership with BDD and in collaboration with the Lebanese League for Women in Business and the Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon, shared enticing insights, captured in a year-long research project.
The MENA Roadshow event, hosted by the Digital Arabia Networ...
Lebanese scaleups: How to grow beyond borders
Innovative businesses in Lebanon are continually seeking to scale beyond borders; however identifying new markets to penetrate with new products or services is typically a challenging feat.
Innovative businesses in Lebanon are continually seeking to ...
Community building through digitalization: Ray
As companies are struggling to augment synergies between employees and the communities, ‘Ray’ sat at the drawing table to derive a solution to increase engagement levels. They started with perhaps the most complex project, the Beirut Digital District (BDD), and studied the connections between the community – the companies, people and the outlets.
As companies are struggling to au...
Best Meeting and Event Spaces in Beirut
Whether you need a small meeting space or to host an event with up to 300 people in a state-of-the-art location in the heart of the city… That’s where the Beirut Digital District (BDD) comes in. BDD’s offerings include customizable spaces for meetings and events of all sizes, fully equipped and with access to amenities.
Whether you need a small meetin...
Beirut Digital District & areeba partner to launch the 1st Digital & Cashless Community in Lebanon
Today, Beirut Digital District & areeba strengthened their commitment to introduce world-class technology and digital services with the launch of the new BDD app that digitizes the experience for their community members, including mobile payments.
Today, Beirut Digital District & areeba strengthened their commitment to intr...
Five podcasts about startups, pivots and successes: What are Lebanese entrepreneurs listening to?
Between 2009 and 2018, podcast consumption increased by 17 percent in the United States, according to Podcast Consumer, a report conducted by research company Edison Research in 2018. To help you in your quest for the right podcast, we reached out to six Lebanese entrepreneurs to see which podcasts they recommend.
Between 2009 and 2018, podcast consumption increased by 17 percent in the United ...
BDD launches the BDD Academy to push young talent forward
"BDD Academy will become the destination of choice for schools and universities students, and corporations resources to complement their acquired knowledge with the needed technical and soft skills to become more employable and ready for the jobs of the future.", said Mouhamad Rabah, General Manager of ZRE
"BDD Academy will become the destinati...
Generics: Challenges and opportunities of running a hardware startup in Lebanon
A former marketing director at Procter & Gamble, BasselIdriss, launched GENERICS in 2015, a 3D-printed and customized earphone.