Changemaker Festival Lebanon kicks off on 8 and 9 September in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut

Beirut, 30 August 2018 (United Nations Information Centre) – Under the patronage of Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, and in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), the “Changemaker Festival” is organized for the first time in Lebanon on September 8-9, at the new Biel Hall, Sin El Fil. The festival is organized with the support of Banque du Liban, BLOM Bank and other private sector companies.

The festival aims to bridge the gap between youth and the educational sector on one hand, and entrepreneurship and its impact on them on the other. Over two days, it will bring together more than 3,000 young men and women, 200 decision-makers and 50 leading companies to create large-scale partnerships that stimulate action and progress towards a more sustainable society.

In addition, celebrities from Lebanon were invited to meet with the young participants and share their experiences, such as Rami Ayach, Badih Abu Chakra, Valerie Abu Chakra, Pamela El-Kik, Mohamed Qais, Anthony Touma, Mark Hatem, Silvio Chiha, Bashar El Jawad and Nicolas Moawad.

The Festival programme can be found at the following link:

Furthermore, on Saturday 8 September, starting at 5:30 pm, Hult Prize Foundation is organizing the final round of its national competition, launched at the beginning of this academic year for the first time in Lebanon. The winner will receive a $250,000 prize to set up a start-up company and will have the opportunity to participate in the international 2018 Hult Prize Challenge, which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and whose winner will receive a $1 million prize.

Read here about the six start-ups that qualified in the national semi-finals last May:

A gala dinner including the jury, the contestants, and media professionals will follow the award-distribution ceremony. To confirm your attendance, please register before 8 September at the following link:

The UN Information Centre in Beirut kindly requests all media institutions to grant this event the highlight it deserves, in light of its importance in empowering youth and building their capacities in the labor market.