ACIE Global Accelerator is a Lebanese online accelerator program initiated at USEK with American affiliations. It supports student and faculty entrepreneurs from various universities and provides them with hope and opportunities during these dire and challenging times. The program is built around:

  • 8-week online intensive trainings, workshops and mentoring sessions
  • Fast-tracking the development and growth of early-stage ideas to market
  • Global strong affiliations mostly with the USA through connections with high-level experts, corporates, academic institutions and entrepreneurial ecosystems in various cities

This intercollegiate program is sector agnostic and limited to 10 of the brightest teams.

USEK will receive a 2% success fee* from the accepted startups in exchange for the services offered during and after the accelerator program.

*Terms and conditions apply

Deadline: June 27

What We Offer

By joining the ACIE Global Accelerator, you get access to the following:

Workshops

Attend more than 15 training sessions and workshops

Talks

Engage with industry leaders on latest market trends and technologies

Mentoring

Interact with a lead mentor during the course of the program in addition to various mentors in different fields and industries

USEK Labs

Progress with your product development by accessing the USEK labs and resources

Experts

Connect with industry experts to deepen your knowledge in various areas and topics

Investment

Pitch your startup in front of the investment and advisory board for startups chaired by Mr. Carlos Ghosn

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ACIE Global Accelerator 2020 Startups

Who is this Program for?

ACIE Global Accelerator welcomes undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students and faculty members looking to accelerate the development of their ventures. Applicants should be multidisciplinary teams working on the validation of their ideas, the development of their prototypes/MVPs or having a product and are striving to enter the market.

Program Schedule

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Application DeadlineJune 27, 2021
Accelerator StartJuly 8, 2021
IntroductionWeek 1
Marketing FundamentalsWeek 2
Organic MarketingWeek 3
Sales & Biz devWeek 4
Product developmentWeek 5
Finances, Legal & Team managementWeek 6
Monetization & fundraisingWeek 7
Pitch preparationWeek 8
End of Program/Pitch Day August 30, 2021

Meet our Team

Zeina Nazer
Mentor
London

Co-Founder of CITIES FORUM and Jardins D’EDENRead More

, and Secretary-General of ITS Arab, Zeina has 25 years of global experience in strategy, consulting and innovation at KPMG, Parsons, Jacobs and AECOM. Leading Advisor for governments and major global players in Intelligent Mobility, Smart Cities, Connected Autonomous Shared & Electric Vehicles, Sustainable Transport, and the public sector. Zeina specializes in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership in the Middle East, Europe, S.E. Asia and USA. Zeina has an MBA from University of Chicago, MSc. in Transport Engineering from University of Texas, Austin, B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from American University of Beirut and Professional Engineer registered in USA. Zeina is currently pursuing her PhD in Innovation in Transport Technology at University of Southampton in UK.

Imad Wardé
Mentor
Paris

Veteran in the world of hedge fund risk management.Read More

Co-founded HedgeGuard and has 20+ years of experience in investment funds operations and in building portfolio management software.

Victor Hallit
Mentor
Paris

Victor is a Business Mentor with a wide Network of  Read More

professionals all around the globe. He is consistently coaching SMEs in their business development by creating new partnerships and opening new markets for them.
Jean Chaanine
Mentor
Paris

MIT graduate with more than 25 years in innovationRead More

  and digital transformation , co-founder of Modultrade

Gerard Bridi
Mentor
Massachusetts

Gérard Bridi is an executive with over 38 years of experienceRead More

in creating, building and leading ventures in industry verticals ranging from Human Resources / Employee benefits to business outsourcing, from food service to corporate payments and from digital health to nutrition. He has been involved in various mergers and acquisition, working towards integration of teams, bridging cultural differences and focusing on road map execution. Prior to coming to the United States in 1991, Gérard has worked in Europe, the Middle East and carried business projects in Asia.

At his last venture, Gérard created a digital nutritional platform where an ecosystem of stakeholders from different industries ( payers, employers, consumer goods, growers, associations, not for profits…) came together to help consumers become more aware of food purchases quality and their impact on health outcomes.

 

Gérard has served on board of directors of various groups including Group purchase organizations, Trade associations and is currently an adviser to start ups.

Gérard holds a Master of Science from the University of Montpellier (France)

 

Gérard lives in Newton MA with his family.

Arthur Bizdikian
Mentor
Lebanon

Arthur Bizdikian, an AUB alumnus, is the CEO Read More

and the Co-founder of Lemonade Fashion, a fashion-tech startup that started in Lebanon and scaled to the US. Under his leadership, Lemonade Fashion won many local and global competitions and raised investments from Silicon Valley. Prior to Lemonade Fashion, Arthur was the CMO of a startup in South Africa and the business development and growth consultant for startups in the MENA. 

Sabah Corm
Mentor
Lebanon

Sabah Corm is a proactive strategist and entrepreneur Read More

with a main focus on innovation and change-making. She has the art of mixing technology and business concept to support digital innovation and startups.

 

With over 20 years of marketing and business strategy experience with large multinational hi-tech and IT companies in the MEA region, Sabah is also a founding member of the WIT (Women in IT) organization in Lebanon for the emancipation of women in the IT field and to support women in their field through the use of technology and a founding member of ISOC (Internet Society), Lebanon Chapter.

 

Sabah switched to entrepreneurship in 2018 and is the founder of RiginO, a CLOUD solution (SaaS)  for agro-food traceability in order to provide transparency and trust into the food we consume every day. She herself went through the Agrytech Acceleration Program to bring her idea to life. And today she brings her personal experience to startups and SMEs that she enjoys coaching, mentoring and advising helping them take their idea / business and mindset to the next-level.

 

When Sabah is not working, she is just busy with her family. Her role of a mother is her main success in life and the source of her content.  Now that her children are older, she measures her success by the bright in their eyes when they  say “Proud of you mom”.

 

FAQ:

The presentation is not mandatory to consider the application for selection. However, teams with solid presentation or explanatory videos have better chances to communicate their project.

Teams are requested to commit their attendance during all trainings and workshops to optimize their learning for the best interest of their ventures.

ACIE Accelerate will make available all its resources such as trainers, mentors, experts and lab access upon request to ensure the teams are meeting their growth milestone.

There is no legal liability if a team withdraw from the program at any moment. However, the resources and program networks will no longer be provided to the team leaving the program.

Being a solo applicant is not a disqualifying criterion. However, multidisciplinary ventures have better chances to accelerate the development of their projects and get funded.

Multiple ideas are always welcome in separate applications. Yes, we encourage you to fill your different ideas in different applications.

Applications are reviewed by industry and business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs from the ACIE network.

The potential of the venture is in the potential of its founders who can transform their brilliant ideas into successful businesses.

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Have a Question

Contact us at acie@usek.edu.lb or call us on +961 9 600 827