Our activities in Lebanon

Do you have a green dream?  

Here is your chance to build your water, sanitation or waste idea into a business, with expert trainings, access to cash financing and green investors, international exposure and a community of like minded changemakers!

cewas Middle East, together with Fondation Diane and Berytech , is moving into its second round of the only dedicated start-up programme in sustainable water, sanitation and waste in the Middle East, with generous funds from by The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. We are offering 10-15 start-up teams an incredible opportunity to bring their green dreams into financial reality.

Are you an engineer, ITC expert, designer, WASH person, problem solver or business-minded individual or team who has the passion and dedication to spend 1 year developing their business idea together with our experienced team? 

You can submit your application from January 15 to March 10, 2019. Please ensure that you can make it to all the dates in our agenda below before you apply. The cost per module is LL 70,000, all other services such as mentoring, coaching and participation in events is included free of charge.

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21-24 March

4 Training Days, Beirut


Define your winning water and sanitation business model


This module introduces you to the programmeand shares insights into sector trends. Using the business model canvas, you will identify your value proposition and develop a minimum viable product, ready to be tested in module 2.

24-27 April

4 Training Days


Objective: Ground-truth you business model and test it on your customers


Throughout this hands-on module you test different elements of your business model, including your prototype(s). Analyze specific market segments and generate feedback that allows you to turn your water and sanitation idea into a feasible solution. You will learn how to attract customers, improve your product or services and make your first sales experiences.

7-10 June

4 Training Days


Build a compelling story around your products or services and make the numbers work


Drawing on information gathered in Module 1 and 2, you establish a viable marketing mix considering promotion, placement and pricing of your products and services. In parallel, you will dive deep into cost structures and revenue streams to turn your idea into a financially viable solution. Count with the key elements of a convincing business plan by the end of this module.

21-23 June

3 Training Days


Perfect your pitch and develop your networking strategy


You have a great idea and now it is time to test it with external experts, investors and potential customers. Develop your networking strategy and perfect your pitch. You will have the chance to win up to 15’000 USD in cash financing and/or a spot in a fully funded trip to World Water Week in Stockholm by presenting your pitch to a panel of judges.

July - December 2019

A mix of individual and virtual coaching


- Coaching is provided to help your business happen
- Networking is done through connecting you with experts and like-minded entrepreneurs in the sector


Expert coaches and mentors are there to help make businesses happen! Through individual coaching, they can provide practical advice, facilitate introductions and connect you to funding opportunities. The cewas team will also inform you about networking events on national, regional and international base, which will help you extend your circle in the sector.