Launch of the DAWERR Ideathon for Solid Waste Management Solutions

Under the Diverting Waste by Encouraging Reuse and Recycling (DAWERR) activity funded by  the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Berytech is organizing the  DAWERR “Ideathon” to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the Solid Waste  Management (SWM) sector in Lebanon.  

Held online over five consecutive days, from July 28 to August 1, 2021, the Ideathon is an  exciting opportunity for young entrepreneurs and startup companies to develop innovative  solid waste management solutions around the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to solve real  problems and challenges in rural communities. Entrepreneurs, professionals, and experts  from various backgrounds will learn, experiment, and build their green solutions. 

The Ideathon 

The DAWERR Ideathon will encourage and support ideas at an early stage. Participants will  learn how to transform their ideas into valid business solutions through intensive online  workshops, and then to pitch their proposed solutions to a panel of judges. Based on  approved selection criteria, a panel will select three winners to receive grants and will benefit  from a two-month incubation period with Berytech to address their technical and business  needs.  

The Grants 

The top three winners will receive business and technical assistance delivered by Berytech in  addition to an in-kind grant to be spent on their startups.  

Who Can Apply  

You are encouraged to apply if you are a young professional, entrepreneur, a student, or a  graduate under 30 and interested in solving challenges in the solid waste management sector.  Preferred Background: engineers, scientists, environmentalists, architects, innovators,  entrepreneurs, or creative young professionals interested in finding solid waste management  solutions. You can apply with your own idea or get inspired from one of the pre-set challenges  if your idea includes an innovative process, product, or service.  

DAWERR Ideathon is open for Lebanese teams residing in Lebanon only. 

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