On January 24, 2018, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Edward White attended the closing ceremony of “Empowering Lebanese Entrepreneurs” (ELE), an initiative that trained and mentored a total of 50 Lebanese entrepreneurs. The “Empowering Lebanese Entrepreneurs” project was funded by the U.S. Embassy Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Office’s Local Grant Program, and was implemented by the MEPI Lebanon Alumni Association (MEPI LAA). Through a series of workshops on social entrepreneurship, business start-ups, leadership, marketing, and business planning, ELE established an entrepreneurial hub including nine Lebanese NGOs (Al-Majmoua, Berytech, CHREEK, DOT, DPNA, Makhzoumi Foundation, Michel Daher Foundation, Nabad, SHAREQ) and four universities (American University of Beirut, AZM University, Beirut Arab University, Sagesse University).
During his remarks at Antwork Incubator – Hamra, DCM White highlighted the importance of creating an environment to empower Lebanese innovators. He recognized the participants for their culture of entrepreneurship and commitment to fostering innovation.
Following the introductory remarks at the launch ceremony, attendees screened a documentary about the project followed by briefings from ELE participants and a panel discussion. Three successful Lebanese companies shared their experiences, challenges, and success stories with the attendees. DCM White concluded the event by distributing graduation certificates to the participants.
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