Supported by:

EcoSwitch Partners

ACIE provides different activities and programs to support youth, student entrepreneurs and SMEs

ACIE is actually implementing an incubation and an acceleration program dedicated to eco-entrepreneurs (working on the SDGs); USEK green committee is very active : we have a zero waste unit (sorting, composting, upcycling waste) we have launched the Re-Mug It initiative, we organize yearly Hackathons dedicated to the environmental challenges and SDGs; we incorporated common courses : civic engagement and Foundations of Entrepreneurship (One learning objective in each course is dedicated to the SDGS and to eco-awareness and eco-entrepreneurship); USEK is part of the Maronite Order OLM, which supports small businesses, develop livelihood support projects and natural produce in all its parishes and rural communities, etc.

Ahla Fawda’s aim is to support and empower individuals in vulnerable situations through responsible, sustainable, and tailored projects.

Ahla Fawda is an independent non-for-profit organization registered in 2014, in Lebanon. Its activities have grown over its 9 years of existence to respond to the emerging needs of the community — focusing on humanitarian, cultural and environmental aspects.
Ahla Fawda is on a mission to partner with and engage the community in Lebanon to address critical challenges. From humanitarian needs and economic hardships to environmental awareness, Ahla Fawda promotes a circular economy and creative thinking to foster independence.

AUF, the first university network in the world, boosting employability and entrepreneurship

The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) is a worldwide association for institutions of higher education. It’s an international network gathering more than 1000 universities in more than 120 countries. The AUF supports its member institutions to meet the challenge of professional integration and employability, and the challenge of involvement in social and environmental development. It also encourages entrepreneurship as an alternative to employment by setting up and co-organizing many competitions like: Femme Francophone Entrepreneur with Berytech, the European project Safir in 9 countries across the MENA region, the pre-incubation program BADEEL and the hackathon concerning environmental impact.

Beirut Digital District is a unique cluster of innovation designed for the digital and creative community

BDD is an all-inclusive community, which offers the healthiest living environment where the young and dynamic workforce can WORK, LIVE & PLAY. BDD is built on the belief that Lebanese talent is the backbone of the Lebanese economy and that by providing it with the right support system, it can flourish and boost our economy, transforming Lebanon into a production hub.
Located in the heart of Beirut City, BDD is a unique cluster of innovation designed for the digital & creative community. We currently host 138 companies and up to 1500 resident community members.

Berytech provides support and growth to innovative and passionate entrepreneurs

Berytech is an ecosystem for entrepreneurs, providing a dynamic environment for the creation and development of startups and SMEs, fostering innovation, technology and entrepreneurship in Lebanon. Berytech manages several programs, under different sectors including Agri-Food Innovation, Clean Technology, Social Entrepreneurship, Women Empowerment, and SME Development and provides entrepreneurs with access to global support networks. Since 2002, Berytech has housed more than 350 entities, assisted more than 3,800 entrepreneurs, helped create more than 2,700 job opportunities, granted more than $2.0M to startups, raised $26.5M in funds to manage programs, and invested more than $70M in Lebanese technology companies.

Beyond Group brings together 3 practices and an international circle of partners with a commitment to meaningful environmental and social change

Through serving governments, donors and multilateral agencies, civil society organizations, communities and academic institutions, Beyond Group designs, implements and transfers integrated solutions, responding to local needs while capitalizing on global knowledge and partnerships. Beyond Group catalyzes initiatives for meaningful change and greater environmental and social impact, with a commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem through three cross-sectoral practices: 1) Public Policy and Management, 2) Organizational Learning & Development, 3) Innovation and Technology Integration. Beyond Group combines these practices with an international alliance of like-minded organizations serving our global partners through offices in Georgia, Turkey, Lebanon, and Canada.

Bloom supports startups and aim to make entrepreneurship education accessible everywhere

At Bloom, we believe education and creating sustainable enterprises is something that can and should be accessible to everyone, globally! Our mission is to use digital technology and human values to empower teams everywhere to address global challenges and build a more equal world. We have worked with prominent global partners including UNICEF, the UK Government, the UN Global Forum on Migration and Development, and welcome collaborations and support on these efforts, through raising awareness, joining our mentorship programs as mentors, leveraging the best practices and research on personal growth, organizational development, and economic development.

CentreMINE is a Center for careers, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Lebanese University

CentreMINE supports green entrepreneurs by offering them the chance to participate to different local & regional competitions/ programs taking the environmental impact e.g. What’s your impact (Inco group), Hackathon (AUF), Safir (Ongoing project) where in phase 2 the green entrepreneurs will receive a training using SwitchMED platform , StartCUP competition, Accelerator (BLOOM), CiheamBari…) in addition to coaching sessions when needed.

Cewas builds the future of water entrepreneurship in the Middle East

At cewas, we aim to build and strengthen the capacities needed to develop and implement sustainable entrepreneurial solutions for the water and sanitation sector. Cewas supported more than 100 water and environmental entrepreneurs in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Iraq so far, through our business development programs, from initiating high-potential ideas, to developing their sustainable businesses and bringing them to market and scale. cewas offers year-long incubation and acceleration programs with tailored training, individualized coaching, mentoring and access to financing mechanisms. We actively build a community of entrepreneurs and facilitate networking through our experts and knowledge and community platforms.

Our programs span multiple countries and provide youth with the skills they need to launch their for-good & for profit startups or scale their existing impact-centered businesses

Changelabs was founded to help impact-centered entrepreneurs in MENA succees. We achieve this by designing and running some of the region’s leading entrepreneurship programs in partnership with development organizations, governments, private sector, and the different players of the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Your learning space about the circular economy, sustainability, climate change and eco & social entrepreneurship

The Circular Hub is a learning space and concept created by EcoConsulting for broadening your knowledge about the environment, the circular economy, sustainability, climate change as well as eco & social entrepreneurship, through a variety of interactive and creative seminars, workshops, activities, and games. At the Circular Hub we aim to contribute to accelerating the change towards an eco-responsible society by spreading environmental awareness & knowledge, collaborating with like-minded people & experts and creating an accessible, multi-disciplinary learning space. We offer seminars & workshops on environmental topics, assist existing or potential eco and social entrepreneurs in launching new businesses.

EcoConsulting is a specialized sustainability and circular economy consultancy. We support eco-entrepreneurs in launching their environmental start-ups!

As a member of the EcoSwitch Coalition, EcoConsulting is unique in its specialization and expertise in the environmental, circular economy, sustainability, energy-efficiency, eco-building, and life-cycle thinking fields. We works with businesses and organizations to assts them in lessening their environmental impact, improving health and well-being in their working and living environments, eco-designing their products and services, transitioning to a circular economy model, assessing their carbon footprint and enhancing their CSR. We also provide architects, engineers, developers, planners and house-builders a variety of inter-linked services aiming at reducing the ecological impact of their projects and houses.

Eedama is a social enterprise that provides trainings, training developments, research and consultancy on topics related to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) with a focus on Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.

In Lebanon, Eedama has been working with a pool of trainers and coaches all animated by the same idea of social justice, gender equality, economic development and environmental sustainability.
Over the past 5 years, Eedama trained and coached more than 1’500 individuals and 100 SMEs and delivered more than 500 coaching sessions. Eedama has developed in particular a unique set of content and training material for entrepreneurs with specific parts dedicated to vulnerable people such as women refugees, Palestinian and Syrian refugees as well as youth. In addition, Eedama adapts all content to address different times of crisis.

Fair Trade Lebanon is committed to the 10 world Fair Trade Principles, among which the “respect
of the environment” which encourage us to be a part of the Eco Switch coalition.

Lebanon team is also aware of the climate change risks in Lebanon and around the world and aims to mitigate these risks through eco- transition, awareness and development of eco-practices among farmers, agri-food processors and tourism stakeholders. Fair Trade Lebanon believes that, enhancing and strengthening networks and being a part of the coalition, will increase knowledge of all parties and will strengthen the coalition members in
implementing eco-practices respectively in their regions of work. The coalition can also be a chance to raise awareness and advocate to create/implement policies
related to eco-transition and therefore, have a social and ecological impact on the population.

Contributing to the development of community on a social and economic level, especially the disadvantaged. Working to eradicate poverty and empower individuals to participate in the development of themselves and their communities.

Farah Social Foundation (FSF) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, committed to the International human rights law and International humanitarian law and abides by their provisions; founded in 1988 and registered in Lebanon under number 320/20.
All their activities and programs are implemented by volunteers distributed in the districts we work in.
Humanitarian Aid, Health and Social Care, Agricultural and Rural Development, Women and Youth Empowerment, and Education and Human Development.

Fondation Diane’s mission is to create Civic Awareness and Eco-Sustainable Development region

The above are achieved through enlightening the citizens, motivating and mobilizing them to revive their sense of solidarity, and supporting creative minds who are taking green actions towards change, through 1) Chair for Education at USJ for awareness raising, training and research, 2) Civic Circle, a lobbying platform for environmental actions and events, 3) Viridis, an investment platform for financial and operational support to green projects and 4) RayMondo, a hub fostering green industrial innovation. Fondation Diane is the official partner of SwitchMed, a programme funded by the European Union, aiming at fostering green entrepreneurship in Lebanon.

Youth educational programs about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy

INJAZ Lebanon has been working since 2001 to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset among youth in Lebanon and equip them with the right set of skills and guidance to start their small enterprises. We aim to encourage youth’s green initiatives by placing environmental sustainability at the core of its programs and guide youth through their training and incubation towards a sustainable and green entrepreneurship mindset. INJAZ Lebanon encourages and promotes green businesses within their programs, such as: Darb W Dar, Generation of Innovation Leaders (GIL) and Innovation camps (ICAMPs).

LAU FMIC is your place to find answers, share knowledge, and build relationships to help you achieve your goals.

LAU Fouad Makhzoumi Innovation Center (LAU FMIC) is an Innovation center that provides LAU stakeholders with an all-inclusive incubation hub. We aim at fostering entrepreneurship endeavors and transforming ideas into sustainable businesses. We work closely with startups on raising basic entrepreneurship awareness, defining a target market, finding product-market fit, to getting first validation for the startups. We are also instrumental in helping entrepreneurs prepare for investor meetings. The rigorous and dynamic programs prepare entrepreneurs and matchmake them with cross-industry expertise to innovate and meet the new and evolving demands of the market.

Makesense inspires and empower citizens, entrepreneurs and organizations to build an inclusive and sustainable society together

We enable citizens to implement concrete solutions for impact, thanks to joyful, collaborative and educational mobilization tools. We support entrepreneurs in solving today’s challenges by providing training, coaching, mentoring and funds. We offer organizations, corporates and institutions guidance, intrapreneurship and methodologies, to help them attain social and environmental responsibility. makesense has supported over 8000 social entrepreneurs worldwide, thanks to a community of 200 000 active citizens. In Lebanon, we have helped 80 entrepreneurs to develop their businesses. We encourage kindness to create trust, a life-long learning process, audacity to try and contribute, frugality and “enjoy-the-ride” attitude.

Michel Daher Social Foundation is a local Lebanese NGO that was founded in 2014 to respond to the challenges that the communities of Central Bekaa are facing.

Their aim is to reach an enabling environment where each individual achieves their highest potential by providing community health care, building human capacity, promoting sustainable development and clean environment to assist people to overcome life challenges.

Over the past two decades, AUB-Nature Conservation Center, the leading trans-disciplinary academic center in Lebanon, has established itself as a reference point for environmental research and conservation in the MENA region.

We leverage the expertise of AUB faculty to tackle the most pressing environmental challenges including the waste crises, air pollution, water quality, and land degradation. Our goal is to promote the conservation of biodiversity while integrating socio-economic and environmental justice to enhance the well-being of people and nature. We provide an open, innovative, and collaborative platform based on research, education, community outreach, and knowledge dissemination.

Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) is a private, Lebanese non-profit Catholic institution of higher education that adopts the American system of education.

NDU isn’t just a place of academic excellence; it’s an innovation hub pioneering the future of sustainable business. Infusing eco-consciousness into its curriculum, NDU is reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape by emphasizing eco-friendly practices, learning, and innovations. The University is a catalyst for change. By forming alliances with forward-thinking businesses and environmental NGOs, it ensures that green entrepreneurs are at the epicenter of eco-preneurship in the region. NDU is HOME for those passionate about making a green mark in the world!

NucleusVentures is a leading startup hub. We run bespoke programs that build cutting-edge scalable businesses attractive to investors

Nucleus Ventures find the most innovative startups in emerging markets from all stages and help transform them into international ventures through structured and targeted access to global validation, mentorship, and expertise, in addition to funding.
Besides its flagship program The Nucleus, The Nucleus Ventures is running the Energy Innovation Hub Program, powered by UNDP, funded by the European Union, and in partnership with Ovation and LAU-FMIC that aims to drive Lebanon towards cleaner energy through fostering the creativity of its current innovators.

Proquale Management Consulting and Training is a network of consultants offering professional consulting services to green and social entrepreneurs and SMEs in Lebanon and the MENA region

Until today, Proquale has supported more than 300 green and social entrepreneurs in Lebanon. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs, SMEs and our people excel while increasing the ecological and social impact of their activities. We provide green and social entrepreneurs with methodologies, training, coaching, mentoring and community support.

Smart ESA is the ESA Business School Accelerator, working to transform creators into entrepreneurs by providing startups with a management toolbox for sustainable success

Smart ESA is the ESA Business School Accelerator, working to transform creators into entrepreneurs by providing start-ups with a management toolbox for sustainable success. 90+ start-ups from all sectors across Lebanon have graduated from Smart ESA’s various programs, where they had access to a fully customized start-up acceleration program to boost and grow their solutions. Smart ESA’s commitment is to support the growth of the entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem in Lebanon by extending our expertise and services free of charge.

The Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park is the American University of Beirut’s Incubator and Accelerator. The Zein AUB iPark mission is to Inspire, Enable, and Connect.

The programs are designed to nurture and support entrepreneurs with an AUB blueprint from idea to market. Through Incubation and Acceleration, competitions, and a well-designed mentorship program, the Zein AUB iPark startups receive equity free financial and in-kind support.
Startups also get access to an international network of investors, corporate partners, accelerators, and more. Since 2019, the objective has been to create successful startups that can grow and scale from Lebanon to the rest of the world.

Transformeus is an independent certified management consultancy boutique and business advisory service provider, certified project management and transformational strategists at executive levels

Transformeus leverages a cumulative load of regional experience to assist institutions to implement effective and efficient SOPs, act on corporate governance, organizational culture, and structures, business development and access to international markets cutting across business verticals.

We aim to affect the enterprise’s environmental factors and tune the organizational process assets. Our scope of intervention spans management and business models as well as financial and closed value chain cycles, expansion plans, and business development. The ultimate purpose is to optimize a system, unique by nature that encompasses management elements, governance framework, organizational structure, and operational modes to align business results with corporate objectives and ensure sustainable results the way the stakeholders would do if they had the appropriate tacit knowledge.

TEC is a grass root initiative aiming at inspiring and supporting Tripolitan youth to start their entrepreneurial journey

TEC is a Social Enterprise that inspires and empowers Talents & Businesses to build value-driven innovation through a sustainable startup ecosystem.
The idea started as a response to an urgent need in the community: finding a solution for the lack of job opportunities and high unemployment rates. One of the main objectives of this club is to enable youth to create businesses which can generate jobs and economic growth in the near future. We are building an ecosystem to support any entrepreneurs at any stage of their journey. By creating programs that are tailored  to every stage and our culture.

WALM is a local grassroots women’s NGO consortium, distributed in Shouf, Matn, Aley, Baabda, Hasbaya, Rashaya, and Beirut.Our primary focus is on women and youth empowerment with the aim of preserving the environment and local communities through sustainable development.

WALM empowers women by implementing income-generating projects and preserving traditional agricultural and craftsmanship practices. We are dedicated to establishing networks with local and international women’s organizations to advocate for amendments to women’s rights and laws and to support women in reaching decision-making positions. WALM has collaborated with several governmental and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness among youth about their issues and rights, addressing social challenges. We are committed to supporting youth entrepreneurship start-ups by providing training and mentorship. Promoting green environmental awareness is one of our central objectives, achieved by preserving and conserving natural and cultural resources. Our motto, ‘CLEANER GREENER FUTURE,’ embodies our dedication to serving families, communities, and our beloved Lebanon.

Waterlution – a federally registered Canadian non-profit – has successfully established itself as an internationally recognized water-focused organization.

Waterlution offers distinctive capacity building, leadership and facilitation training by engaging communities through addressing complex water challenges. The Water Innovation Lab (WIL) program serves to support the development of youth-led solutions to water challenges and engage a diverse network of collaborators. The past decade has seen tremendous success with the expansion of the WIL program globally which has to date delivered 17 programs, across 5 continents, 9 countries, and has trained 1,350 young water leaders, engaged 275 mentors, and initiated 100+ water innovation projects.