Join us at the first entrepreneurship symposium at AZM University on April 4, 2017!

Symposium poster

Background and Justification

The unemployment rate (especially among the youth) in Lebanon has been increasing since 2014. Entrepreneurship is being considered as a key driver for creating jobs and hence developing local economies. As entrepreneurship culture is weak in our local universities and society in general, it is vital to highlight to university faculty and students and the society at large the importance of entrepreneurship and explain to students about the option of being entrepreneurs after graduation.

To address this challenge, Azm University and LSTP, in partnership with Agence Universitaire de La Francophonie (AUF), are organizing their first entrepreneurship symposium entitled: Promoting Entrepreneurship for Economic development in North Lebanon.

Symposium Objectives

1.       Raise the entrepreneurship culture among local university faculty and students, professionals and the community at large

2.       Showcase some key organizations that are promoting and supporting entrepreneurship in Lebanon

3.       Motivate students by sharing some real stories from entrepreneurs in North Lebanon

Target Audience (100+)

·         Faculty members and students of all universities in Lebanon especially those in North Lebanon

·         Entrepreneurs and futurpreneurs in Tripoli and North Lebanon

·         Professionals and anyone interested in entrepreneurship in Lebanon

Symposium Fee/Registration

Attendance is for free.  However, simple online pre-registration is required via this link:

Symposium Format and Language 

The symposium will consist of short talks, presentations and open discussions among panelists and the audience as guided by each session moderator. Discussions are going to be mainly in Arabic but some talks or presentations will be in English.

Symposium Venue/Date/Time

·         Azm University Auditorium, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Symposium Program:

·         4:30 p.m. Registration and welcome coffee

·         5:00 p.m.  Opening Session:

o   Welcome message, Hani Mawlawi, Director, LSTP

o   Dr. Hervé Sabourin, Director, AUF

o   Dr. Farid Chaaban,  President, AZM University

·         5:15 p.m. Session 1 :  Promoting and supporting entrepreneurship in our universities and society

o   Moderator:   Hani Mawlawi, Director, LSTP  

o   Speakers::

§  Dr. Fouad Choueifaty,  Dean of Students, Azm University, role of higher education institutions  in promoting entrepreneurship

§  Elie Akhrass, Head of International Research Center, UK Lebanon Tech Hubrole of international support organizations in promoting entrepreneurship

§  Karim Soueissi, Fund Manager, Theemar Trablous, role of investment funds in promoting entrepreneurship

§  Nasri Mouawad, Deputy Director, BIAT, role of business incubators in promoting entrepreneurship

§  Najwa Sahmarani, co-founder and vice-president, Tripoli Entrepreneurs Club, role of startup communities in promoting entrepreneurship

·         6:15 p.m. Session 2: (Panel) Challenges faced and lessons learned by entrepreneurs in North Lebanon

o   Moderator:  Andre Abi Awad, founder, Entreprenergy

o   Panelists:

§  Ziad Sankari, founder, Cardiodiganostics

§  Wael Zmerly, founder and CEO at ZMERLY & CO

§  Soumaya Merhi, founder, Bread Basket Square (TaqaBar)

§  Jalal Yehya, co-founder, Tragging

§  Hassan Tabbal, co-founder, NavyBits

·         7:15 p.m. Cocktail reception and networking

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