Events
Previous Events:

Touchdown in Silicon Valley!

The Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park sponsored three promising startups to participate in Draper University’s 2023 Hero Program, which is an intensive and immersive five-week accelerator program in Silicon Valley.

for more info: https://sites.aub.edu.lb/ipark/touchdown-in-silicon-valley/

Thrilling & Grilling!

On Friday, January 26th, the Zein AUB Innovation Park hosted a Thrill and Grill Event at The American University of Beirut for students and rising entrepreneurs to learn how investors evaluate startups when investing.

for more info: https://sites.aub.edu.lb/ipark/thrill-and-grill-story/

The iPark Idea Validation Program 2024 Kicked off on Monday, February 5 with over 200+ participants, each holding a unique vision.

The aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at iPark offices, where they networked with each other and the iPark team. The program will run from February to April 2024, with access to prototyping, petty cash, and mentoring based on progress and deliverables.

for more info: https://sites.aub.edu.lb/ipark/ideation-phase-story/

iPark Idea Validation Program 2024 Starts February 5!

Apply now to get access to cutting edge content, mentoring,  and possible petty cash for prototyping. Unleash the entrepreneur in you! For more information and to apply go to: https://sites.aub.edu.lb/ipark/idea-validation-program-2024/

Go-to-Market Program 2023-24 launch

The iPark Go to Market program launches on Friday! 9 talented entrepreneurs have made it from an initial pool of 238, with renowned mentors supporting the startups.

The President’s Innovation Challenge 2023 finals event is December 1!

The Competition saw 119 applicants in HealthTech, Web3, Artificial Intelligence, and Social Innovation. 10 startups pitched on December 1 for 3 prestigious cash awards and 1 people’s choice award.

Zein AUB iPark Build and Accelerate Pitch Day 2023

The iPark startups have worked hard for 3 months to build their prototypes, developing their minimum marketable products. Join us as they get evaluated by a board of expert jury members, for a chance to be selected to iPark’s Go to Market Program

October 9 Panel Discussion: Thrive Locally, Scale Globally: Startups in 2023

Join us at Engineering Hall on AUB Campus October 9, to watch a panel of prominent individuals discussing entrepreneurship in 2023, with a local and global perspective.
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iPark Seminar on Investment Readiness with Investment Manager Antoine Boustany

Antoine, investment manager at SANED partners, gave a talk to iPark Startups about investment readiness and the financial instruments investors use to pour money into startups.. It was highly engaging and made the startups think deeply about their current stage.
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ABLE Summit 2023

Get Ready for the ABLE Summit 2023! Mark the Date: September 14 and 15, 2023

ABLE Summit is the 1st of a kind event in Lebanon and the region, shedding light on Digital Accessibility in Higher Education.

For More Info Check Our Call For Action Document!

 

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iPark Sprint 5 Webinar on OKRs and Sales Funnels with Tech Guru Richard Rabbat

Richard is an AUB and MIT Alumnus who has successfully exited a startup. He was recently the VP of Product at Twitter and is currently heading a Generative A.I. Startup called Lighty

Richard gave a webinar to our 2023 Build and Accelerate Cohort. His remarks and advice were insightful. This will be followed up by 1 on 1s where each of our startups will have time to discuss in depth with Richard.

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Startup Grill IV With Yusr and Abdo

Startup Grill IV with Yusr and Abdo took place! They grilled startups RUSH & REEZ and Wasil Bicycle Couriers. It was a fun event where the investement readiness of the startups was evaluated. Stay tuned for Startup Grill V!
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iPark Talk with Abdo Achkar, Founder of Sowlutions

Sowlutions is an investment firm and a software development accelerator. With 10+ years in the silicon valley ecosystem, Abdo is a strategic investor in over a dozen companies across North America, Africa, the Middle East, and Japan.  Abdo works with domain-expert founders to take their ideas from concept to product-market-fit. Since its inception, Sowlutions has invested in over 30 startups in music, creator economy, medtech, social networks, e-commerce, and AI

 

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iPark Talk with Stefano Fallaha, Founder of Podeo

Podeo is the leading podcast platform that enables creators & publishers to record, host and distribute their podcasts on global podcasting directories, including the Podeo app which is referred to as the “Netflix of Arabic Podcasts”. Stefano discussed his experience building Podeo, from his management style to building Podeo’s software infrastructure. For more info about Podeo, you can check their website on the following link: https://podeo.co/
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iPark Talk with Christophe Zoghbi, Founder of Zaka

Zaka is on a mission to democratize Artificial Intelligence and help build a strong AI ecosystem in MENA!
Christophe discussed Artificial Intelligence and how A.I. has come to permeate many aspects of our lives, at times without us knowing. For more info about Zaka, you can check their website on the following link: https://zaka.ai/now!
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Exploring Entrepreneurship: A Real Career Option

Entrepreneurship is a calling, and it could be yours. Join us at the American University of Beirut (Westhall – Bathish Auditorium) for a thought-provoking panel gathering 3 prominent Lebanese entrepreneurs: Arthur Bizdikian (CEO Lemonade Fashion), Waddah Malaeb (CEO DLOC Biosystems), and Yusr Sabra (CEO Wakilni).
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IPARK PITCHING DAY

Out of 238 participants in the Idea Validation program (IVP), the top 20 startups will be pitching on April 26 to experts from established investment firms, including Razor Capital, Kafalat, BY Ventures, MEVP, and Sowlutions. The top 10-15 startups will then enter iPark’s Build and Accelerate (B&A) program, where they receive tailored support, mentorship, and microgrants for product and market development.

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Aub President’s Innovation Challenge 2022:

The AUB President’s Innovation Challenge is on the lookout to identify and award the most promising innovative ideas!💡
Do you think you have what it takes to the competition?! Register now!
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AUB President’s Innovation Challenge 2021:

The count down is on!
This year, the President Innovation Challenge is seeking BIGGER, BOLDER, & BRIGHTER ideas. You think you got what it takes?
Applications closed!
For more info, Click Here to check!
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A.I. FOR ACCESSIBILITY HACKATHON:

This competition is aimed at rallying talents and fostering the regional development of the innovative entrepreneurship community related to artificial intelligence while also increasing social inclusiveness. Click Here For more Info.
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AUB President’s Innovation Challenge 2020:

The President’s Innovation Challenge prize is $30,000 for $15,000 for the first and second winners plus Mentorship and Incubation.
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Demo Day 2022:

💡Startups that have been incubated with Zein AUB iPark for the year 2022, will have the chance to introduce their startup and pitch in front of investors from different parts of the world.
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Demo Day 2021:

16 investment-ready startups, part of AUB Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park Incubation Program, pitched their ideas on Demo Day which represented a wide range of industries such as agritech, edtech, energytech, fintech, foodtech, & more.

More on Demo Day & the 16 startups in the link below!

Previous Workshops:
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Capacity Building Workshop:

The Capacity building workshop is starting this week! Join us online on November 23, 2021 at 3:00 pm Beirut time to talk about:

⭐️ What is the incubation program?
⭐️ Why join #zeinaubipark

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The Roller Coaster Journey:

On April 21st, Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park hosted Elie Habib who discussed the Roller Coaster Journey of Anghami from Lebanon to NASDAQ.
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Inclusive Design Webinar:

Frank Spillers, Founder of Experience Dynamics explained: Why Inclusive Design is critical for product success? How to conduct an Inclusive Design audit? And Practices for building inclusion into your product and service development in a webinar hosted by Talal and Madiha Zein AUB iPark. The event took place on April 26th.
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Mental Health in the Entrepreneurship World:

Dr. Michel Nawfal, Mental Health Professional, Medical Doctor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist walked us through the reasons why entrepreneurs are vulnerable to mental health issues and strategies they may employ to optimize their mental health in an event that took place on May 3rd
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Presidents Innovation Challenge Rehearsals:

The count down has begun! Don’t miss the big event on October 14, 2021
Here is a sneak peak into the rehearsals!
Our startups pitched infront of a mock jury to help them prepare for the Final Pitching and Award Ceremony!
Check our finalists
Join us live on October 14, 2021 
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