Latest stories
Start-Up Competition for Local Entrepreneurs

Young Lebanese entrepreneurs were invited on August 12 to submit their ideas of which twenty were chosen to undergo training under a mentorship program divided into 6 workshops.

These workshops aim at developing their ideas and/or products to prepare for the final selection, where a jury of influential innovators and business leaders will judge them across the Middle East.

Full Story
Lebanese Entrepreneur Ziad Sankari, Founder of CardioDiagnostics, from Berytech Fund I Portfolio, at the White House

The White House brought together, in May, emerging entrepreneurs from across the United States and around the world to highlight the importance of investing in women and young entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges, including poverty, climate change, extremism, as well as access to education and healthcare, a press release said on Monday.

This event comes ahead of the President’s travel to this summer’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya and provides a unique opportunity to galvanize global attention on emerging women and young entrepreneurs.

W140 Full Story
The Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) - General Assembly

The Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), established in 2006, held their General Assembly on Thursday 7 May 2015 at the Movenpick where discussions took place concerning the mission, vision and plan of action suggested by the newly elected board members.

LLWB is a scientific and cultural organization that aims to bring together professional women by providing them with a forum in which they can exchange experiences and expertise, discuss common challenges and issues, provide specialized training, facilitate the exchange of information, network and promote the potential of women in the world of business. Our goal for the Join and Grow events is to bring together women in business to network and listen to inspiring leaders give talks that are idea-focused, to foster learning and provoke conversations that matter.

W140 Full Story
Beirut Design Week Redefines Design

Beirut, May 12th 2015.

Get ready for Beirut Design Week to kick off on June 1, 2015 under the theme “Social Beings” at Beirut Souks. The theme is based on the principles of BDW that nurture the relations between the people that make up the creative industry of Lebanon through the sharing of skills and expertise.

W140 Full Story
Beirut Design Week - Q&A

1- What is BDW? What is its purpose?

BDW is an established annual platform to network, share knowledge, and showcase talent in order to strengthen the creative economies, develop entrepreneurship, and promote Lebanon’s innovative design culture

W140 Full Story
Roy Naufal – From 11-Year Old Website Developer to Business Owner

Roy Naufal started building websites when he was just 11 years old and sold his first site to a shipping company at age 13. He was one of the first web developers in Lebanon. When he turned 15, DiscoverLebanon.com hired him as part-time programmer — an opportunity that led to an interview on the Voice of Lebanon radio station. There he amazed the host so much that she invited him to cohost the show, which focused on IT support and aired three times per week. At around the same time, Roy was invited to present the computer segment of Future TV’s Noah’s Arc, a television program targeting youth.

For an entire year, Roy cohosted the radio show and hosted segments of Noah’s Arc. In parallel, he continued to work on freelance projects during high school and college, even after Ayna Corporation, a search and mapping engine focused on the Arab world, hired him during his senior year of college.

W140 Full Story
H.E Minister Harb Inaugurates MENA Games Conference 2015

H.E Minister of Telecommunications, Boutros Harb, inaugurated The Middle East and North Africa’s Online, Mobile & Console Games Conference and Exhibition, MENA Games 2015, organized by International Fairs and Promotions (IFP Group) at Mar Mikhael historical train station in Beirut on 26 and 27 March 2015, with the official support of Alfa managed by Orascom Telecom.

Addressing more than 400 delegates representing some of the biggest local, regional and international games’ developing companies, and more than 50 leading experts and speakers, H.E highly valued the initiative of organizing such a conference. In his opening speech, Harb said that “holding this conference in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, proves that the city remains the Arab capital of innovation and entrepreneurship.” Harb welcomed the event’s positive role of “opening networking channels between the digital community members on two sides of the world, stimulating the Arabic knowledge economy, supporting new startups, and creating job opportunities for the young and ambitious innovators.”

W140 Full Story
The Arabic Game Jam competition for creativity in Arabic electronic games in Beirut for the first time

The names of the winners among the 33 participants from the Arab World will be announced during a ceremony at the MENA Games on Thursday 26 March

The Arabic Game Jam competition for Arabic game concept development kicks off in Beirut on Tuesday, March 24. This unprecedented competition-event in the Lebanese capital is one of the world-famous competitions where contestants design and develop an Arabic electronic games content within a time limit of thirty six hours.

Full Story
The Mobile Apps Economy Is Now Bigger Than Hollywood

Global spending on mobile apps reached an unprecedented 25 billion USD in 2014, and this rapidly growing-sector has created more than a million jobs. With such a growth rate, the digital sector is representing an increasingly large share of the national economy for many countries.

To highlight the importance and vivacity of the digital sector, ArabNet will hold its sixth annual Beirut conference between the 17th and 19th of March, 2015 at the Beirut Hilton-Habtoor Grand Hotel under the patronage of His Excellency the President of the Lebanese Council of Ministers, Mr. Tammam Salam and the with the participation of MP Mrs. Nayla Tueni; His Excellency the Minister of Telecommunications, Dr. Boutros Harb; His Excellency the Minister of Economy, Dr. Alain Hakim; The First Vice-Governor at Banque du Liban, Mr. Raed Charafeddine; former Minister of Telecommunications, Mr. Nicolas Sahnaoui; former Minister of State, Mr. Marwan Kheireddin; and His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Mr. Tom Fletcher.

W140 Full Story
Hala Zakaria's Success Story from Panda Playschool to Panda Park

In 1997, former preschool teacher Hala Zakaria bought an existing daycare, Panda Playschool, in Choueifat, Lebanon. Panda Playschool offers programs in both English and French for children ranging in age from 18 months to six years. Interactive learning is a core component of its academic program, and each classroom boasts a multi-touch interactive board. Outdoor play spaces are important, too. The school has a playground and garden with birds and turtles, where students are served fresh fruits and other healthy snacks. During the summer break, the school offers summer programs and camps.

In 2010, Panda had a staff of 18 and 155 students enrolled in its daycare and KG 1 and 2 programs. The previous year, it had also purchased a piece of land in the Metn area and established Panda Park, an outdoor venue that offers a fully equipped outdoor playground, ten picnic areas, and food and beverages services.

W140 Full Story