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We are honoured to be launching a national youth entrepreneurship training and support program in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister, and Alfa, Lebanon’s first mobile network, as a Strategic Partner, to support aspiring and ​​​​early-stage enterprises in Lebanon.

This program, Startup Scouts, will engage young people and startup teams from across Lebanon, for the first time providing equal support to groups in Akkar, Zahle, Naqoura, or Beirut, and everywhere in between.

This program will provide a mix of online and offline entrepreneurship training and support, opportunities for startup mentorship with experts in Lebanon and abroad, and linkages for next-stage supports within the startup ecosystem in Lebanon and elsewhere.

The program launched on July 9, 2018, in collaboration with the Grand Serail.

Apply now: startupscouts.org/start

It includes an “open house” period from July 16-26 with a wide variety of online activities and interactive workshops, plus some great in-person activities around the country (and hopefully more, in collaboration with local partners).

It will be followed with a 1-week "startup sprint" for teams across Lebanon (August 4-11), with a focus on entrepreneurship education (critical soft and hard skills, which are as compelling for employability as they are for entrepreneurship).

Top teams will then advance to a fall "Virtual Impact Acceleration" program focusing on enterprise creation, which we think will rival, or be even more impactful, than the in-person acceleration programs that we've been running the past several years with world-class results.

The Startup Scouts 2018 program will culminate in a final demo day event in December 2018, designed to include and engage the local ecosystem as well as the Lebanese diaspora.

Apply now: startupscouts.org/start

This is a pilot program, with ambitious plans to expand in 2019 and beyond, with the goal of facilitating 100,000 high-quality entrepreneurship experiences in the coming 5 years, with substantial benefits in educational, employability, and enterprise development objectives.

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