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The week of November 12, 2017 the Aspen Institute will lead a Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD) to Lebanon, where participants will engage in meetings and conversations around innovative local solutions to sustainable development challenges in Lebanon. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, and NGOs to discuss how social innovation and technology are being used to address the most significant development obstacles in the country.

The Middle East, particularly Lebanon, faces an unprecedented influx of refugees due to the ongoing civil war in Syria the need for sustainable solutions to key social services are acute both for Lebanese and the refugee communities they host. Despite the instability, local communities are finding new and innovative solutions to community needs. Leveraging technology and social innovation, these entrepreneurs have the power to fill service gaps that government, aid agencies and relief organizations do not have the capacity to do.


Global Citizens

Impact Investors

Business Executives

Social Entrepreneurs with relevant & scalable business models


Meet with local entrepreneurs and NGOs, who are developing solutions to challenges facing their community.

Explore ways to expand service delivery in sectors such as waste management, electricity, health and education





For details on cost of participation please contact vzuabi@gmail.com

Price includes: hotels, meals, ground transportation, and local guides & translators.

Subsidized participation based on scholarship availability.


Social Innovation and Technology

Beirut Innovation Week - follow-up event organized by one delegation participant in partnership with the UK Lebanon Tech Hub focusing on financial technology and social impact as key areas for entrepreneurs in Lebanon. Financial inclusion and social impact experts from the UK joined the week-long event for a series of discussions and mentorship sessions with Lebanese entrepreneurs

Startup Accelerators - As a result of our Lebanon POD in 2016, a partnerships with two start-up accelerators in Tripoli and Beirut was formed.

Capacity Building - Facilitating the exchange of experts to support capacity building of Syrian NGOs.

Investment in Clean Water - A $5000 investment was made in an early-stage business of young refugee entrepreneur whose business was to create a specialized filter to improve the quality of water for homes in her refugee camp.

Digital Storytelling - The establishment of a Digital Storytelling platform focused on local voices and stories.

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