IDEAS BUILDS AND SUPPORTS KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY INITIATIVES WITH DIRECT SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IMPACT ON LEBANON
We work closely with private sector leaders , government agencies and ministries , the academia and NGOs to drive nascent projects from idea generation to realization .We engage stakeholders closely throughout, and oversee project growth transfer to the ideal public or private sector organizations that should ensure their continued growth and sustainability
SERAIL CREATIVITY HUB
The Serail Creativity Hub will be the nation’s beacon for technological change and innovation. It is a digital oasis being built in the heart of the Grand Serail to serve as a hub for creativity in all its facets, whether technological, academic, artistic or in any other discipline. The 400-sqm old Ottoman cross-vault will maintain its historical identity while hosting the latest technologies for decision support, audio-visual conferencing and training. The Hub will also host the nation’s first structured, geo-spatial information center covering all digital records on Lebanon’s various asset bases whether infrastructural, economic, social or cultural. It will also be a central training forum in capacity-building for the public sector. The Hub should see its inauguration towards the end of 2019.
SUMMER OF INNOVATION
Summer of Innovation showcases programs that revolve around innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and creativity. It expanded to involve the greater Lebanese population, working with groups and startups on a variety of events that spanned across Lebanon.
BAWABAT AL IBTIKAR
Bawabat Al Ibtikar is designed to drive STEAM activities targeting public school students through a connected and structured setting managed by the schools themselves with the support of public and private sector stakeholders, as well as IDEAS. A joint collaboration between the private and public sector, preparing students for the needs of the digital/knowledge economy by stimulating critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. This pilot is currently running in greater Beirut area, Saida, Aley, and Chekka.
SERAIL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Serail internship program ran for the first time in the summer of 2017 with seven interns from a variety of backgrounds. The following year’s SOI initiative led to the permanent hiring of some of the program’s interns by IDEAS.
STARTUP ECOSYSTEM MAPPING
Research on the eco-system that is conducive to fostering the growth and success of startups in Lebanon is an ongoing activity at IDEAS. Information about the ecosystem’s players, their role in the evolution of startups as well as the resultant success stories, lessons learned, their activity, public events held, declared milestones and the overall impact of their projects on Lebanon’s startup economy and opportunity creation is a constant endeavor.