Following the success of the first Ecoswitch Festival, “Fondation Diane”, the “EcoSwitch Coalition” and “Cewas” have launched the 2nd edition of the annual EcoSwitch Festival for Green Entrepreneurs in Lebanon, scheduled to take place from November 23rd to 25th – with two online afternoon programs and online panels on the first 2 days of the event (on Nov. 23 and 24, from 3:00 till 7:00 pm), followed by a physical gathering of eco-entrepreneurs, green start-ups and supporting organizations on the 3rd day (on Nov. 25 at Beirut Digital District – BDD 1280, from 4:30 pm till 7:00 pm).

A press release was issued today announcing the launching of the festival:

“We are welcoming the public for the exciting online sessions and the networking physical event! The festival consists of a world café with the coalitions’ partners, knowledge-sharing discussions, expert panel sessions, speed dating and networking activities.

We are proudly welcoming Mrs. Diana Fadel, Founder and President of “Fondation Diane” as the keynote speaker and to launch the event. Inspirational talks will be followed by four successful Lebanese green entrepreneurs: Nadim Inaty from Flixpy, Hanan Ismail from Garbalizer, Ziad Hussami from Mrüna, and Soumaya Merhi from Taqa Bakery. Furthermore, animated discussion panels with moderators, experts and eco-entrepreneurs will run on the topics of:

? The Value of Clustering

? Behavioural NeuroScience and Going Green

? Solving the Banana Waste Challenges

The Physical Gathering for Eco-Entrepreneurs and Green Start-ups

is on the 25th of November at 4:30 pm at BDD 1280

The In-person gathering event will be inaugurated by AbdelRahman Al Halawani from the “Asfari Foundation”, representatives of “MedWaves”, and the coalition partners. This day will also include networking opportunities and announcements.

Are you an Eco-entrepreneur who would like to meet and collaborate with like-minded people, to network and benefit from knowledge sharing while having fun?

The “EcoSwitch Festival” is right around the corner!

Join us on November 25, for the third and final day of the “EcoSwitch Festival”, We’re gathering at the Beirut Digital District 1280 at 4:30 pm to end the event with a bang!

We will also introduce you to the “EcoSwitch Coalition” and its partners, explain to you about the spread of our network, highlight how we will support you through your entrepreneurial journey, and how you as an eco-entrepreneur or eco-entrepreneur wannabe can become part of this community of experts passionate about growing the green ecosystem in Lebanon and the region.

This event doesn’t require an entrance fee!

It is organized by “Fondation Diane”, the “EcoSwitch Coalition” and “Cewas” and supported by the “Asfari Foundation” and “SwitchMed”.

Agenda of Nov. 25:

• 4:30 pm: Introductory and Welcome Notes from Fondation Diane, MedWaves (SwitchMed representatives), the Asfari Foundation, and other EcoSwitch Coalition partners

• 4:50 pm: Announcement of the Duel Challenge winners!

• 4:55 pm: Speed Dating to get to meet other sustainable entrepreneurs and EcoSwitch Coalition Partners

• 5:25 pm: Nibbles and Drinks and Free Networking time

• 6:15 pm: Concert and more Networking

• 7:15 pm: End of gathering

– Register Now:

For more info, please feel free to contact Mrs. Pascale Assaad, Senior Programs Coordinator at Fondation Diane on: + 961 (3) 324 576

Or visit “Fondation Diane” instagram:

*About the EcoSwitch Coalition

The EcoSwitch Coalition is a partnership of well-established institutions, NGOs and businesses that was created in 2020 to strengthen the support to eco-entrepreneurs in Lebanon, extend and multiply their positive impact through targeted assistance. This partnership is supported by the Asfari Foundation and enabled through SwitchMed, a programme funded by the European Union covering 8 countries in the Southern Mediterranean, whose aim is to accelerate the transition towards social innovation and the green circular entrepreneurship in the region.

The Coalition currently encompasses 25 Partners, all providing different types of support to entrepreneurs in general, and some more specifically to green entrepreneurs: ACIE, AUF, Beirut Digital District, Berytech, Beyond Group, Bloom, Centre MINE, Cewas, Circular Hub, Changelabs, EcoConsulting, Eedama, Farah Social Foundation, Flat6Labs, Fondation Diane (implementing partner of SwitchMed in Lebanon), Injaz Lebanon, LAU Innovation Center, Make Sense, Michel Daher Foundation, AUB Nature Conservation Center, Nucleus Ventures, Proquale, SmartESA, Tripoli Entrepreneurs Club and Waterlution.

The aim is to offer eco-entrepreneurs knowledge sharing events, capacity building activities, access to expertise and technical support, and other assistance through events like the Festival and Entrepreneurship Labs. Another important objective is to help build a community of like-minded people, with space for networking and collaboration between local sustainable enterprises.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon