Your Ag | Food | Water Startup Idea In 54 Hours

Do you have an idea related to agriculture, food or water you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?Experts predict that we will need to double global food production over the next 35 years while land, energy and water resources are being quickly depleted. In Lebanon, water demand is rapidly increasing, while only 8% of wastewater is treated.

  • Does your idea improve a process across the food value chain? Does it innovate in the agriculture sector from farm to fork?
  • Does it solve sustainability challenges of sanitation management and water usage in irrigation, and human consumption?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

In this edition of Techstars Startup Weekend innovation is key. Creatives, tech enthusiasts, experts, artists, designers, engineers, problem solvers and business-minded individuals are encouraged to attend, participate, experiment and innovate.

Date and Time

  • Start time: 16 February 2018 04:00 PM
  • End time: 18 February 2018 06:30 PM
  • All times are Etc/GMT+2
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  • University of Balamand
  • Balamand, Lebanon
  • Lebanon 100
  • Building: Zakhem Hall
  • Room Number: Glass room


Contact: Email event contact



Friday February 16

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in
4:30 pm
Food & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants
5:00 pm
Welcome Note
A word from the University of Balamand
5:05 pm
Introduction about Startup Weekend
Mission, Overview, and Event Agenda
5:20 pm
Key Note Speech
TBA – Motivational Speaker
5:30 pm
Ice Breaking Activity
6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch
7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches
7:20 pm
Form Teams
Teams are built

8:00 pm

Begin Work

Participants will start brainstorming and developing their idea. The venue will be accessible night and day until the event ends, so participants can work the whole night


Saturday February 17

9:00 am


Participants arrive, have breakfast, and get their workspace ready


10:00 am

Business Model Canvas Workshop by a member from the Berytech Team


11:00 am

Begin Work

After the workshop, participants should work on their Business Model Canvas and mentors will be available to assist them


1:00 pm



2:00 pm

Check-In | Mentors Arrive

After-lunch check-in, status reports, and help to the participants will be provided


5:00 pm

Presentation and Pitching Workshop



7:30 pm



8:30 pm


After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm


Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sunday February 18

9:00 am


Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am


Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions! Participants are working on their presentations


12:00 pm



2:00 pm

Presentation Prep & Tech Check

Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm

Closing Ceremony Starts

Welcome Note and kick – off Speech


3:20 pm

Presentations Start


5:00 pm

Judging & Awards


5:30 pm



6:00 pm



6:30 pm

Go Home!


Startup Weekend Ag | Food | Water Innovation is supported by Berytech, Agrytech, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and IEEE Computer Society as a Community partner.

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