Lebanese startups in Dublin’s Web Summit 2013

The Web Summit hosts over tens of thousands of the brightest minds in technology every year and allows people to network, meet with journalists and connect with potential investors.

This year, among the 10,000 other attendees from all over the world, 6 Lebanese startups attended the event of which three had a stand in the exhibition area.

Sociatag, eTobb, and Lebtivity, who launched between 2011 and 2013, were selected among thousands of worldwide applicants to exhibit as part of the Summit’s Alpha program.

This program identified and invited a limited number of incredible early stage startups to exhibit for free! These companies, along with et3arraf, Maze Solutions and Seeqnce who independently attended the conference, went to Dublin in October 2013 to showcase their products and meet some of today’s most renowned tech companies such as Evernote, Google, Facebook, Box and many more.

The Summit was divided into many sections, stages, and workshops and included side activities that were organized to allow for specific groups of people to get together and discuss ideas and projects in an informal fashion. Some of these events included the Leaders’ Lunch for female entrepreneurs, The Food Summit, and the Night Summit.

The Web Summit opened new doors for these startups and placed them under an international radar.

“We encourage all entrepreneurs to go next year because there is no way they won’t get something out of it, said CEO of Sociatag, Wassim Hakim.

Opportunities for startups, in Lebanon, are limited. Although this is slowly changing with the creation of new funds, the motivation and culture of starting tech businesses are not widely grasped nor supported.

“Entrepreneurs must get out there and seize every opportunity that presents itself in order to represent Lebanon and learn from other countries in order to make Lebanon a better place”, stated co-founder of Lebtivity, Randa Farah.

Paul Saber, CEO of eTobb added “Our testimonial today of the Web Summit is the exact message we are trying to deliver to the Lebanese people; and that message is: Get moving, do something! Don’t wait for things to come to you because they won’t”.

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