BIAT, a not-for-profit organization, was established in 2006 with the assistance and back up of the integrated SME support program, an EU funded project at the Ministry of Economy and Trade of Lebanon.

BIAT’s concept was carefully designed and engineered to help entrepreneurs through the challenge of starting a business or taking major decisions in an existing firm.

Our experienced business advisors will take you through each stage of starting your own business.

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What's happening in BIAT?

E-Commerce Event

13 March 2023

BIAT Center

3:00 PM

Pitching Event

23 March 2023

Movempick Beirut

9:00 AM

Overcome Hard Times

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Zoom Webinar

From 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Recipe for Success

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

ZOOM Webinar

From 9:00 PM to 9:35 PM

Episode 2 with Mohamad Abdulaziz

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Zoom Webinar

From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Episode 1 with Mohamad Abdulaziz

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Zoom Webinar

From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Our Programs

E-commerce Promoting Post COVID-19 Recovery and Poverty Reduction through Productive Sector Expansion for Women and Youth in Lebanon

The objectives of this work are to support the implementation of the UNDP project through the accomplishment of the below activities:
• Businesses and cooperatives: build the capacity of 10 MSMEs/Cooperatives by providing tailored trainings in the sphere of e- commerce, marketing, business development and new market trends and advising on the required equipment
• Women and youth traders: improve the livelihoods of 300 women and youth traders by providing trainings in the sphere of e-commerce, marketing, and new market trends.

ARE “Increasing MSME productivity by co-investing in Lebanese Light Manufacturing and Services Sectors”

The intervention will provide in-kind equipment support and group business training to at least 100 MSMEs in and around the Tripoli area. This includes in addition to Tripoli (Kobbeh, Bab El Ramel, Tebbaneh & Jabal Mohsen, Old Souks, Tal, Zuhrieh, New city), suburbs directly related to Tripoli conglomeration in Mina, Koura (Ras Maska), Bedawwi and Minieh.

WEP Strengthening Women’s Resilience in a Time of Crisis

To date, a total of 52 COOPs, SMEs, and Start Ups in Agro (food production and processing, fruit and vegetable, honey, oregano, freekeh, dairy, small ruminats, aromatic tea), handicrafts, ICT sectors have received support through the provision of relevant training, coaching, and mentoring followed by financial in-kind grants to improve and develop their businesses and action plans.

Lebanon Enterprise Development (LED)

LED is a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that aims to increase jobs for Lebanese citizens.

LED offers customized technical assistance to local businesses to help them identify and solve the problems that are preventing them from increasing sales, and therefore from needing to hire more Lebanese.

LED also works with stakeholders and partners to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to problems that are affecting the business enabling environment.

TBS-T5 | Technical & Business Support in North Governorate

The primary aim of the project is to enhance and create access to livelihood and income-generating opportunities for youth and women in T+5 regions. This should be achieved by providing Business and Technical support to the Existing and Start-up SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) under selected subsectors and value chains. It will provide technical and business support to 40 existing MSMEs (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises) in addition to 20 Start-ups.

SE Factory

Since 2015, the SE Factory team has dedicated itself to transforming the lives of smart and motivated youth in Lebanon, bridging the gap with skills required by companies and helping the latter hire and grow.

The future of business development here today



Dr. Fawaz Hamidi is a strategist with experience in SME, NGO, and community development. He is Chairman and co-founder of BIAT. Former Director of ICMA global operations – MENA region. His educational and professional certificates are a DBA from Grenoble Doctoral School of Management in the field of Strategic management, MBA, LCPA, and CMA. He acted as the economic expert on a World Bank Project, “A strategy for the Alfayhaa 3 cities”. Instructor of CMA courses for senior management accountants. As the head of Economic Development Committee and city council member, he raised a fund from the private sector and restored 100 buildings in the city center of Tripoli from the colonial and ottoman eras.



Vice-Chairman and co-founder of BIAT, Nasri has rich experiences as both an entrepreneur in different sectors (Industrial: OLBLOX, Hospitality: IGLOO since 1986, Construction: BUILD big …), and as a business consultant for entrepreneurs and SMEs since 2006. He helped more than 250 startups and existing businesses and contributed to many success stories. He was responsible for the design of many initiatives and programs. Nasri played a major role in the development of YARD – an online business incubator and the growth of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in North Lebanon. Nasri holds a business administration degree from Toledo University in OHIO, USA.

BIAT offered our company, CodenDot all the needed facilities that helped us expand our services and grow. BIAT acted for us as consultant, also didn’t miss any opportunity to put us on the right way via its effective network.
BIAT is an ideal environment to get started in a new Business. In BIAT, you can find all the support you need to go forward in success.


Nidal Daccour, General Manager

With the help of BIAT, we have trained our staff on the best sales practices. Not only we were able to invest in new equipment that increase our production capacity but also, BIAT offered marketing and labelling consultancy services which helped us create new products.During these constraining times, BIAT input and impact was more than vital to the survival of our business.


Nemer Mansoor

Promoting business innovation and sustainable growth in light of COVID19 and economic crises in Lebanon” was the program we applied for. From nomination, to selection, to trainings, to coaching sessions, to pitching, to selection, it was the best journey ever. BIAT you were very professional and helpful throughout the process, making it an enjoyable and stress-free experience. You gave RECYCO a sense of validation and recognition and we felt incredibly honored and grateful. You motivated us to continue pursuing our goals with even greater determination and passion.


Libana GeaGea

Joining Biat’s Entrepreneurship program was a true challenge, yet, their empowerment and their funding were instrumental in helping us set up a sustainable strategy for our kitchen. With their support, we are able to set up a Central Kitchen to employ more women and farmers. They believed in us and our mission. We are grateful for their commitment to positively impacting the local community, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them in the future.

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Startup Funding in the MENA Region

his year’s 50 Most-Funded Startups In MENA have raised nearly $3 billion in total funding, with the top 10 alone amassing $1.9 billion.

The U.A.E. dominates the list, with 22 startups securing nearly $1.8 billion combined—over 60% of the list’s total funding. It is followed by Saudi Arabia, which is home to 12 startups that raised a total of $520.4 million, while Egypt’s seven entries raised a total of $248.6 million.

Fintech and e-commerce are the most represented sectors, with 13 and 11 entries, but food-tech firms have raised the most money, with $874.9 million in total funding. This is largely thanks to cloud-kitchen operator, Kitopi, which tops this year’s ranking after bagging $804 million. Agri-tech business Pure Harvest Smart Farms is second with $272 million in total funding. Subscription video-on-demand service STARZPLAY and Fintech platform tabby came third and fourth, with $150 million and $130 million, respectively.

Buy-now-pay-later platform Tamara is the highest funded in Saudi Arabia having raised $116 million, while e-commerce player MaxAB is Egypt’s most funded startup with $62.5 million in total funding. The 2022 list includes 30 newcomers, such as North African ride-hailing and delivery startup Yassir and fintech firm PostPay.

Arab sovereign wealth funds had a healthy investor appetite in 2021. Sanabil Investments, wholly owned by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund (PIF), poured capital into Sary and Foodics, whereas the U.A.E.’s Mubadala Investment company backed tabby and Sarwa.

Mergers and acquisitions also heated up in 2021. Swvl agreed to merge with U.S.-based SPAC Queen’s Gambit Growth Capital, making it a publicly-listed company and the first $1.5 billion unicorn from the Middle East to be listed on Nasdaq. Egypt-based Fintech Halan raised $120 million in 2021, entering into a share swap agreement with MNT BV, a Netherlands corporation. And U.S. operator of delivery kitchens, logistics, and proximity hubs, REEF Technology Inc, acquired the U.A.E.’s cloud kitchen startup iKcon for an undisclosed amount.

According to the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021, the MENA region had four emerging ecosystems in the world’s top 100 emerging ecosystems in 2021—including Dubai, Cairo, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi. The study indicates that the total number of late-stage funding rounds in MENA almost doubled in the last five years, while the total late-stage funding amount has also doubled.


Top 10 Book For Entrepreneurs

The best entrepreneur books are extremely popular for self-education. Working a traditional 9 to 5 job is not as common as it once was. Millions of people are carving out their own path and making money on their own terms. Becoming an entrepreneur takes massive amounts of determination. Many people have proven that putting in hard work, in the beginning, can lead to a life of leisure in the future. Reach your dreams of creating a business faster by learning from the experts. We’ve put together a list of the best entrepreneur books to buy today.


The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Creating a new life for yourself through entrepreneurship is a real possibility. Chris Guillebeau maps out the path of an entrepreneur so you can transform from a person with a passion into a person with a sustainable income based on that passion. Chris goes over 50 very interesting case studies of entrepreneurs who have created sustainable businesses with extremely low start-up costs often of $100 or less.

So many books have been written for entrepreneurs. This one really stands out because of the specific actionable information. It does not require any special training and it is a low financial risk. You will learn the inner workings of different businesses, which are very eye-opening. Guillebeau also provides convenient checklists to go through alongside concrete examples. You will be inspired to stop procrastinating and start now.

This book is not about making millions. It is about learning how to take the helpful and useful information you currently know and transform it into an income stream. Chris Guillebeau proves you do not need any special skills or a business background. He says all you need is a product or service, a group of people willing to buy it and a means to get paid.

Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Building a brand is crucial for entrepreneurs. Gary Vaynerchuk is a master of social media and brand building. It does not matter what industry you work in, building business and influence is a game changer. Learn how to navigate all the best social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest and more. Plus, learn how to have a breakout podcast on iTunes, Spotify and iHeartRadio.

Using social media is the fastest way to make your business explode with sales. Learning so many different platforms can be exhausting. Learning how to use them effectively and knowing which ones to utilize in your business will get you ahead of the game. It is time to embrace social media and Gary is the author who explains it all.

Vaynerchuk is the CEO of VaynerX, a huge media holding agency. He is considered to be one of the world’s leading marketing experts. And here he gives his most innovative tips and strategies proven to help entrepreneurs excel at creating a vibrant personal brand.

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

In order to earn a lot of money, you need to impact a lot of people. MJ DeMarco walks you through the road he took to becoming a millionaire and it all started with seeing a Lamborghini for the first time. His storytelling is excellent and really explains the shift in mindset you need in order to become a millionaire.

The idea here is not to come up with a 100 percent new and unique idea. It is to take what is already out there and improve upon it. Make it better. MJ lays out different ways for an entrepreneur to impact the masses. Help a million people and get into the Millionaire Fastlane. This book will help shift the way you think, creating the mindset of a true entrepreneur.

Reading MJ’s story will leave you feeling excited about the future. He also has an online forum for entrepreneurs to get even more inspiration and encouragement to build an amazing business.

The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow

Does being around lots of people drain your energy? Do you enjoy solitude? Do people often describe you as quiet and hard to get to know? Most likely you are an introvert. Can an introvert build a thriving business or is that just for extroverts? Beth Bulow understands how introverts feel and believe introverts make fabulous entrepreneurs.

Learn how to tap into your best personality traits with the help of a mentor who speaks your language. With Beth Bulow’s guidance, introverts can build thriving businesses without pretending they are someone they are not. Get step-by-step actionable advice to help you reach your dream.

The Power of Broke

Starting a business can seem overwhelming and downright impossible if you are broke. But if you are looking through the eyes of Daymond John, broke means being pushed towards greatness. Lots of people don’t have the desire to work hard, they are comfortable. A burning feeling to change your life is often required to overcome the difficulty entrepreneurs face. Some of the most creative and relate-able entrepreneurs start out poor.

Daymond, one of the sharks on Shark Tank, and the creator of FUBU was able to create his six-billion-dollar empire with just $40! He is proof that desperation breeds innovation. Learn how many entrepreneurs harnessed the power of desperation and create something from nothing.

Now more than ever, becoming an entrepreneur is very accessible. With the power of the Internet and the ability to connect with customers, entrepreneurship is based more on creativity and not money. Get inspired by a highly respected entrepreneur in The Power of Broke.

Million Dollar Women by Julia Pimsleur

Transforming a small business into a powerhouse business does not happen overnight. Julia Pimsleur is a scaling coach for women. It is a known fact female entrepreneurs rarely make it to the big time. Only three percent earn one million in revenue or more. Julie provides a path for women to follow in order scale their business to the masses.

If you want to learn how to raise capital from investors, develop strong networks, as well as how to build a multi-million dollar company from scratch, Million Dollar Women is a great place to start. Read through interviews of women who have tons of experience. Get detailed expert advice on how to pursue your dreams.

 Will It Fly by Pat Flynn

Do you have a fabulous idea for starting a business? Pat Flynn sets you up with exactly what you need in order to test your idea before spending countless hours and money trying to make it work. Learn how to pre-launch a product, so you do not create a product until you know for sure it will sell. Doing a little work up front can save you big time!

Every entrepreneur just getting started with a new idea should run it through Pat’s Will It Fly test. Pat has been helping entrepreneurs for over a decade. He is well known for being transparent about his income and teaching others how to create multiple streams of revenue through his website Smart Passive Income.

Best for Kids: Kidpreneurs by Adam Toren and Matthew Toren

Entrepreneurship does not have an ideal person. Anyone can make a great entrepreneur and that includes kids. The workforce is rapidly changing. There are more entrepreneurs than ever before. Teaching kids how to create their own successful business will empower them to succeed in the future.

If you have a child eager to learn how to start a business, Kidpreneurs is a great way to help them get started. Choosing the right business is the first step. The book suggests fun businesses for kids such as dog walking, lemonade stands, lawn mowing businesses and more.

Kidpreneurs is laid out to be easy for kids to understand. It is packed with great illustrations and step-by-step instructions. It helps prepares kids by offering a section to lay out their business plan and includes quizzes to ensure they are following along. It is perfect for creative young minds.



My Awesome Six Months From Hell

A year ago, I was your typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur building a SaaS startup. I worked 16 hour days in a one story business park in Santa Clara California. My singular focus was bringing my product to market, I ate a Chipotle Burrito at my desk for lunch on most days, and my office neighbors would sometimes come wake me up after I fell asleep at my desk. One fateful day the phone rang with an offer to go back to Lebanon, (my country of origin) and build a tech accelerator with a focus on creating an eco-system of innovation and creativity, similar to the eco-system in the Valley. Although I practically lived my entire life in the U.S the urge to go back to Lebanon and build something that could leave a lasting impact was tempting, I couldn’t turn it down.

I put together a plan to work on the accelerator during the day and on my startup at night. I turned down several potential investors because their investment was contingent on me staying in the valley, and I felt that I had a much bigger calling. A few months later, I packed all my belongings and moved back to Lebanon. I landed in Beirut on September 26th 2019 and I immediately went to work. I was given a scrap piece of paper explaining the plan and the vision, my job was to turn it into something real. I spent the first few weeks building a business plan, putting together a pitch deck and lining up meetings with potential investors and partners.

On October 17th, 2019, exactly three weeks after I arrived in Beirut the Lebanese people hit the streets in the largest protests the country had ever seen. The masses were fed-up with corrupt politicians stealing billions from the government without providing citizens with the most basic services. The country had a currency crisis, an employment crisis, an electricity crisis, and a trash crisis. This is in addition to the ongoing political crisis that never really seems to go away in Lebanon. However, this protest felt different; the entire country from the north to the south seemed to participate in these marches for justice. For the first time in my life, I watched the people of Lebanon shed all their political, sectarian, and religious affiliation to come together and demand change.

The protests brought me to tears and I felt compelled to participate. So naturally, I took to the streets with a Lebanese flag and started shouting the slogans of the revolution. The organizers of the protests staged mass demonstrations on the freeways and major roads all over the country. They shut down traffic in every area. You couldn’t travel 10 minutes in any direction without running into street closures. The entire country came to a grinding halt as the protests played out. I thought to myself, this is for the greater good and we all have to suffer together. I can afford to delay my plans a bit!

Days of protests turned into weeks, which turned into months. At one point I had to get back to work and I started to schedule meetings again. Sure half my meetings were getting canceled due to road closures and public unrest, but I had to keep the ball rolling. At that point road closures were the least of my worries, the mass protests rattled the country’s financial sector and people were making a run on the banks trying to withdraw their deposits. The banks instituted capital controls limiting the amount of money any depositor can withdraw in a given month. There was fear that the banks are going to fail and everyone was going to lose their deposits. Needless to say, this made raising capital much harder. Investors were trying to figure out how to keep their current businesses afloat, they didn’t have the time or the liquidity for new ventures.

This didn’t stop me, I kept on moving forward. I needed to get enough investors on-board to start my operation and it seemed like I was making progress, but of course, things couldn’t be that easy. The crisis made it difficult for us to officially register the company. Unlike the United States, registering a company in Lebanon is a long and painful process. We had investors ready to write a check, however, we didn’t have the legal entity in place so we can accept that check. People were asking us to take their money and we simply couldn’t talk about a conundrum.

As I was working my way through the obstacles in Lebanon, I spent my nights with my two developers building out my software. I figured that the software will be ready by the middle of January. Before I left Silicon Valley I realized that people who demo my software fall in love with it. I decided that the best way to sell this product is to demo it to as many people as possible. I put together a sales plan and built relationships with over 60 co-working offices across the United States. When the software was ready, I was going to lead a demo to all the tenants of each co-working partner. This gave me the opportunity to show my software to thousands of potential customers. The plan was coming together nicely.

One day my top developer never showed up to work, he got jailed for having an unpaid debt. It took a few days to get through the legal obstacles and a few weeks to get him back into a groove. At this point, I decided to regroup and delay my launch until April 15th. I started to layout a detailed schedule for the launch with each of my co-working partners. Meanwhile, the accelerator was only a couple of weeks away from hitting its stride. Sure I had some setbacks and delays, but it seemed that everything was going to work out in the end.

Suddenly and seemingly overnight the Corona-virus went from being a Chinese concern to becoming a global pandemic. In Lebanon, the new government didn’t want to take the risk of adding a health crisis to their list of problems, so they were among the first countries to institute a stay at home order. Once again my accelerator got brushed aside by global events that were simply out of my control. I figured that I could take this time to focus on my software launch, but it didn’t take long for the U.S to start going into quarantine. My sales strategy evaporated! Who in their right mind would go to a co-working office with an infectious disease spreading? Some of my partners told me that they may not make it through the pandemic. Months of work disappeared in an instant.

People much smarter than me warned against trying to carve out a new market or selling anything during this current crisis and I took their advice into consideration. I decided that I would spend my time focused on the software development side of the business, but one of my developers abruptly quit and another was in self-quarantine with a broken laptop. My entire world suddenly stopped!

I told myself that I have been running and chasing goals for so long, maybe it’s time for me to take a break and process my thoughts. I found the beautiful scenery and the towering mountains in the northern Lebanese countryside the perfect place to reflect. Sure I was under a stay at home order, but at least I had a view. From the rooftop of my parents’ home, I started writing notes about all the things I learned from my days as an entrepreneur, a consultant, and an employee at major corporations. I then began organizing those notes into different categories. As I started to review my notes, I realized that I could apply a real-life story to every concept I wrote about to prove its application in the real world.

As I was reflecting, my friend called to ask me a few questions. We talked for a bit, then he told me “you should write everything you know down and share it with the world, I would read that book.” Right there and then I grabbed my phone and started recording my notes with my own voice. Within a few days, I had hours of content. I then decided to build an app and put all the content that I recorded on it. I figured that I should share everything I’ve learned over the past 14 years with the world. What I’ve gone through can help entrepreneurs, wannabe entrepreneurs and leaders everywhere.

On Sunday, April 19th the app got accepted into the app stores and I started marketing it with a small post on LinkedIn and sharing it with my network. Within 48 hours, I had over 2000 downloads and 14,000 podcast streams. The most rewarding thing was the messages people were sending me, they were thanking me for putting together this application. I even got an advertiser interested in launching a marketing campaign on my app.

When my sister downloaded the app she told me “out of all projects you’ve taken on in your life, this one is by far the best.” The same sentiment came from several different people. It’s as if years of hard work, commitment, planning, and determination were superseded by a few quiet moments of reflection. Now it feels like this app is the best thing I’ve ever done.

If this app didn’t get a single download I’m glad I did it, writing everything down was therapeutic. It also made me think about the mistakes I’ve made in my life and how I could correct them. I feel that everything I went through this past 6 months, all the pain and setbacks have led me to a much better place. I always operated in a bit of a comfort zone, but the past several months made me comfortable being uncomfortable. This experience confirmed a long-held belief that if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. There is no need for self-pity, keep moving forward and good things will happen.

If you’re interested, you can download the app below.

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