During her years of studying mechanical engineering in college, Sabine el Kahi often felt frustrated by not being able to implement the theoretical knowledge she was learning in practical ways. Although the university owned the equipment and machinery that could help students realize their projects, safety issues frequently prevented them from using the equipment and a professional trainer would have to demonstrate their use. When Sabine discovered a complete modular series of small and safe machinery at a fair in Germany that students could use to get hands on experience with actual machines, she was elated and immediately applied to represent the manufacturer in the Middle East. This was the first link in the chain that finally led to where she is today.
The second link was formed upon her college graduation with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Vision from the American University of Beirut. Sabine initially joined the family business, which supplies spare parts for heavy machinery. Always on the lookout for new products and services in the field of engineering, she decided to purchase a 3-D printer to help university students and professionals create prototypes. However, without experience in business and sales, she was unable to successfully market her services. That is, until she enrolled in AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute’s Growing a Business and Sales Team Development workshops to gain the practical skills she lacked.Full Story
Stemming from the belief that every person in life has a story that deserves to be told, preserved and shared, Mr. Naji Tueni, grandson of the founder of An-Nahar newspaper, launched Khoolood.com on August 4th 2014, a first of its kind website in the Arab World, dedicated to the memory of those who left the world too soon. To officially launch the website, a press conference was held on October 30th 2014 at the Press Club in Furn el Chebbak, in collaboration with the Vice-President of the non-governmental organization “Kunhadi”, Mrs. Lena Gebrane, who lost her only son Hady at the age of eighteen.
Khoolood.com is a trilingual website, offering an obituary and funeral notification service to the thousands of people who visit the website on a daily basis or who are subscribed to “Khoolood Messenger” and receive those obituaries by email or on their mobile devices. "Khoolood Messenger" also allows you to know about any one of your family or your friends’ families who have passed away. The website is not about crying over the loss of a loved one; it's about perpetuating their memory and introducing the world to the legacy they have left behind and the difference they have made in their community. The website is also aimed at Lebanese expats, in order to facilitate communication between them and their relatives residing in Lebanon.Full Story
The Startup Cup, Bader’s 6 month competition, is reaching the final stages of its 2014 edition. As a reminder, and after receiving hundreds of applications in May 2014, Bader and a team of highly qualified judges carefully chose the 15 most innovative startups to compete for the cup.
These startups went through various sessions of mentorship and training over a period of 4 months to help grow their businesses and their skills, and got the chance to attend many helpful workshops organized by Bader.Full Story
Having grown up in Paris, Nadine Mneimneh returned to Lebanon in 2001 and subsequently obtained her BBA from the American University of Beirut.
Interested in fashion, she attended a fashion and design course at Instituto Marangoni and then pursued a BA in fashion design and pattern making at École Superieure des Arts et Technique de Mode (ESMOD). With six years’ work experience in the fashion industry, she launched her own ready-to-wear label in 2010.Full Story
In early 2011, after taking the Starting a Business course at AMIDEAST, Ralph Aoun launched his web-based communications agency, Com Fu (www.comfu.com), to tap into the potential for Internet-based commerce in that country and the region.
Com Fu – with a tagline of “Ultimate warriors of the web” -- helps businesses improve their online presence by providing highly functional, appealing, and socially friendly web consulting, web development, online marketing and digital media services.Full Story
Cloud961 Magazine celebrated its first anniversary at Veer Boutique Hotel & Resort, Kaslik on the 26th of June 2014, with the presence of online community members, bloggers, Cloud contributors, clients, supporters and Cloud961’s loyal fans.
Publisher of the magazine and Chairman of Cornerstone Group, Bassam Karam, presented a round-up on the first-year evolution of the magazine, how it started, the phases and developments it went through and announced a highly ambitious development plan for the 6 months to come, notably featuring the creation of an incubator for bloggers, the launching of Cloud961’s online forum and mobile application, the start of Cloud961’s school of social media and more...Full Story
In one week, the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition, in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, took thirty entrepreneurs from the Arab region to Silicon Valley, USA for a week-long immersive entrepreneurship program from June 8 – 14, 2014, as part of its Global Track- an ‘eye-opener’ on Silicon Valley’s massive resources.
This new track gave the entrepreneurs the possibility to participate in premier conferences and take part in diverse workshop, mentorship, and pitching sessions with experts, industry leaders, investors and other successful entrepreneurs.Full Story
Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program is launching its Startup Cup Business Competition for the second year in a row.
The StartUp Cup business competition aims to motivate Lebanese people who have entrepreneurial ideas or products to present them and to benefit from a mentorship program that will help turn their ideas into money-making businesses.Full Story
Dots Addresses is a free and collective service that has been made available in Lebanon, to enable every citizen to finally possess a fixed geographic address.
Thanks to its network of virtual addresses and structured system of postcodes, Dots Addresses is a mobile app that will help all Lebanese to better share their addresses and locations.Full Story
Bnooki.com allows anyone to find the best loans, accounts and credit cards from almost any bank in Lebanon, compare the results and directly apply
Bnooki SAL proudly announces the launch and upgrade of bnooki.com , the first banking comparison website in Lebanon. Bnooki.com enables consumers to compare a range of products including mortgages, loans, credit cards and accounts from more than 20 banks in Lebanon and submit an application to the one they choose for free.Full Story