Innovation Support Vouchers available for SMEs


Relevent Country: Lebanon

Berytech is calling innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, startups from Lebanon to apply for the NEX-LABS Innovation Support Vouchers in the Water-Food-Energy Nexus sector to fasten the development of their innovations and access market opportunities.

This voucher provides tailored technical support to seven SMEs or entrepreneurs in developing their innovations and validating them in the market.

The voucher recipients will have access to external expertise and a set of business development skills covering different fields: technology, process development, IPR, strategy, business modeling, marketing, industry linkages, exporting, and regulations.


NEX-LABS aims to support the implementation of clean technologies for sustainable and resilient increase of agri-food sector production based on a more efficient use of energy (renewable/solar solutions) and water (wastewater treatment, water harvesting or reuse solutions) in MPC region.

NEX-LABS will contribute to the creation of a sustainable and resilient agro-food sector based on NEXUS driven Open Living Labs (NDOLL) approach, thus strengthening technology transfer, cooperation industry-academia, increasing commercialization opportunities and innovation-driven growth.

Funding Information

  • Grants available- 5,000 euros worth of technical support.
  • Duration: 30 months
  • Start date: 3 September 2020 – End date: October 2023
  • Note: NEX-LABS project is funded by the EU under the ENI CBC Med Programme with a total budget of €3.450.984, 97, the project has received a contribution of € 3.105.866, 47 (90%).
  • Key Benefits & Opportunities
  • SMEs or entrepreneurs working on innovations within the Water Energy Food-NEXUS field sector.
  • Researchers, Faculty Members, and Lab Members working on validating their research and turning it into a startup project.
  • The innovation or technology project should be innovative, applicable in the market, scalable, and has a clear business model.
  • The person/team should have sufficient expertise in the field of the project.

What this voucher can cover?

  • Granting startups/SMEs access to external potential expertise in:
  • Process development
  • Business modeling
  • Technology
  • IPR
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Industry linkages
  • Exporting
  • Regulations
  • Target Audience
  • Entrepreneurs and SMEs operating in Lebanon, the whole country is eligible.


NEX-LABS targets a plethora of stakeholders, including public institutions such as ministries and national agencies, research centers or universities, SMEs, entities of the entrepreneurship ecosystem such as companies/ technology transfer organizations /technological parks/venture capital/business angels, entities collaborating to the public debate such as communication multipliers/think tanks, civil society organizations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You represent a startup/SME, or an early-stage project that is anticipated to become a startup/spinout in the future;
  • Your product/service is in the fields of water, energy, or food;
  • Your product/service represents a clear or potential NEXUS approach;
  • Your product/service addresses an important economic, environmental, or social need in the WEF-NEXUS context (e.g., resource efficiency, gender empowerment, resource allocation, community inclusion, yields increase, etc.);
  • Your business appears credible with growth potential;
  • Your product/service represents added value;
  • Your product/service represents an actual product or service that is already offered to the market or is near commercialization.