ImpactRise: Social Innovation Program by Berytech

IMPACT RISE SOCIAL INNOVATION PROGRAM

Scale Your Social Venture. Support Social Entrepreneurs. Contribute to Sustainable Development.

Are you running an innovative social startup and want to scale it, grow your business and increase your impact? Are you a business expert willing to support social entrepreneurs in growing lucrative social ventures? Apply and be part of Impact Rise, Berytech’s new social innovation program that aims at empowering ambitious Lebanese startups, devoted experts and support partners to grow successful social ventures and contribute to sustainable development and social change.

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TRACK 1

Scaling Social Impact Ventures

Berytech will scale up 15 social entrepreneurship startups from Lebanon with innovative and impactful solutions for a better community and a better environment

JAN. 2020 – MAY 2021

Apply As A Startup

TRACK 2

Training Social Impact Coaches

Berytech will empower a network of 15 social impact coaches to assist the 15 startups in their growth journey and become the go-to experts for more social entrepreneurs and startups

JANUARY 2020

Apply As A Coach

TRACK 3

Training Social Impact Mentors

Berytech will empower a network of 15 impact mentors to support the startups in growing their impact and join a pool of mentors opening opportunities in more programs

JANUARY 2020

Apply As A Mentor

ABOUT THEPROGRAM

The Impact Rise social innovation program is designed and managed by Berytech and funded by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) to put ambitious startups, devoted experts and support partners on the road to growing sustainable and successful social ventures.

Social entrepreneurship is essential to the Lebanese economy and plays a major role in creating and sustaining a better socio-economic environment, however it needs a proper ecosystem to grow where social innovators can be mentored, financed and supported.

This is addressed and solved through Berytech’s program Impact Rise – Lebanon’s pioneer social entrepreneurship scale-up program.

Berytech has aligned with several partners including DOT, Arcenciel, MEPI Lebanese Alumni Association, ProAbled, Lebanese Social Enterprise Association, Makesense, Global Compact Network Lebanon, Live Love Beirut, Alfanar, and Fondation Diane, who will provide several different support services.

Impact Rise is a program for entrepreneurs who are running a social venture and want to grow. Berytech is looking for early stage startups with a product or service validated in the market and who have not been operational longer than 2 years.

The innovative product or service has to have a promising social or environmental impact, and the business and the revenue model must be sustainable with a potential for scalability.

The selected entrepreneurs will get the chance to grow their startups by developing their business skill sets, boosting their operations and sales, accessing new markets, getting up to $9.5K in support vouchers, meeting with impact investors, and connecting with local and international support networks.

THE PROGRAM'S TIMELINE


JANUARY 2020

Scaling for Impact Bootcamp

The 15 selected startups will go through an intensive 4-day business bootcamp powered by INSEAD and led by international experts from IES Business School.

JAN. 2020 – SEP. 2020

Scale-up Acceleration Level I

The 15 social startups will then go through 9 months scale-up acceleration tailored support to grow their marketing and sales activities, improve their management strategy, structure their operations, and develop their social impact.

OCT. 2020 – MAY 2021

Scale-up Acceleration Level II

Berytech will select 7 social startups who will then proceed with the program and benefit from a follow up 8 months growth support phase to scale further their ventures and access new markets.

THE PROGRAM'S BENEFITS


Customized Business Support

  • Customized coaching and mentoring sessions with devoted experts assisting entrepreneurs in their growth journey and advising on their business strategy towards more impactful solutions
  • Technical assistance and field visits with industry experts sharing their knowhow in specific sectors
  • Group workshops and one-on-one business clinics assisting the startups in various social entrepreneurship and business aspects including and not limited to topics such as the market strategy validation, sales, social impact measurement, financial modelling, volunteer management, legal assistance, open source digital solutions, impact investment readiness, digital marketing, managing an effective team and more
  • Dedicated business development assistance to support in building the market strategies and connecting with potential customers, suppliers, partners or experts
  • Support in investment readiness through dedicated sessions with Berytech team of experts and access to investors’ networks through personal meetings

Promotion, Networking & Access to Markets

  • Visibility and promotion services through Berytech and partners, events, a dedicated directory webpage, video and news coverage, news releases, social media content campaigns and more.
  • Access to sales and market opportunities through networking events and B2B meetings with industry professionals, field experts and influencers.
  • Direct access and linkages to Berytech’s local and international network of partners, entrepreneurs, corporate, professionals, experts and innovation hubs such as the European Business Network and The Next Society of Innovators.
  • Access to partners’ support services and programs including international bootcamps, soft-landing vouchers to access international markets, market validation meetups, showcase events, grants and capacity building activities.

Vouchers & Workspace

  • Up to $9.5K vouchers to boost marketing and business development activities of the venture
  • Access to a co-working space desk at Berytech where the most dynamic entrepreneurs and freelancers are based

Access to Berytech's Ecosystem

  • Access to Berytech’s ecosystem including a community of fellow startups and entrepreneurs, access to experts, workshops and networking events, access to funding companies, and the media.
  • Berytech provides a dynamic environment for the creation and development of startups, fostering innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

Partners Support

  • Access to our partners’ networks of talents, corporates and experts
  • Access to affiliated partners’ support programs and events
  • Access to workshops, visibility services and linkages under the access-to-markets theme
  • Special discounted service packages for startups

START YOUR APPLICATION HERE


Berytech is looking for experts eager to work with social startups and help them increase their business growth and social impact through dedicated support sessions.

Through the Impact Rise program, Berytech will select 15 business coaches to go through a 2-day train the trainer program in January 2020, led by international experts from IES Business School. The program will build the capacities of the coaches, empowering them with concrete tools and methodologies tailored for the support of social entrepreneurs and impact ventures.

The 15 trained and certified coaches will be immediately matched with the 15 social startups to support them in their growth journey during the program. They can also become future trainers for other startups from their networks.

Apply now and join the Impact Coaches Network! Besides the coaching skills you will develop throughout the program, you will also benefit from:

  • Being part of Berytech’s pool of experts, opening opportunities for collaboration in the context of capacity building programs and workshops for entrepreneurs
  • Accessing Berytech’s corporate and community events to network with peer experts, entrepreneurship partners, startups and innovation stakeholders

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


To be eligible to join the program and become a certified coach, you should have:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, economic or engineering with a business acumen
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in supporting small businesses
  • A comprehensive understanding of all business plan’s sections
  • A passion for making impact and social change

START YOUR APPLICATION HERE


Berytech is looking for passionate experts to accompany and mentor the social entrepreneurs in their impact and scale-up journey through dedicated group mentoring sessions helping them overcome main challenges and opening up opportunities for their venture growth.

Through the Impact Rise program, Berytech will select 15 impact mentors to go through a 2-day train the trainer program in January 2020, led by IM Capital and MIT experts. The mentors will be introduced to the Confideo team mentoring program methodology and tools powered by MIT Venture Mentoring Service.

The 15 mentors will be matched to work with the 15 social startups and support them in growing their impact over 2 years.

Apply now and join the Impact Mentors Network! Besides the mentoring skills you will develop throughout the program you will also benefit from:

  • Being part of Berytech’s pool of experts opening opportunities for collaboration in the context of capacity building programs and workshops for entrepreneurs
  • Accessing Berytech’s corporate and community events to network with peer experts, entrepreneurship partners, startups and innovation stakeholders

HOW TO JOIN


You can enroll in the program and join the Impact Mentors Confideo Network if you have:

  • A wide range of business experience and advisory skills – being a founder, CEO, chief technical officer, or an executive of companies in a variety of sectors.
  • A strong drive for making impact and social change
  • A passion for giving back

If you’re interested, please email us at impactrise@berytech.org before December 8, 2019.

A screening process will take place. Mentors will be notified before the end of December 2019 and will be matched to work with the startups over 2 years.

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