The Central Bank of Lebanon (Banque du Liban / BDL) is organizing Lebanon’s second annual international startup conference – BDL Accelerate 2015 – on Thursday and Friday, the 10th and 11th of December 2015 at Forum de Beyrouth.
The theme, “Emerging Startup Ecosystems”, will gather entrepreneurs, investors, and support institutions from key emerging startup ecosystems across 5 continents. BDL Accelerate 2015 will host 3,000 attendees, 100 speakers, 100 exhibitors, and 100 startups from around the world, with 2 stages, 2 startup competitions, 2 workshop spaces, in a total conference space spanning 6,000 sqm.
There will be 2 stages at the conference, one of which will be dedicated to panels, keynotes, and fireside chats as a space for 100 influential speakers from over 30 countries to share their best practices and exchange knowledge. The second stage will be dedicated to the startup pitches as part of the two competitions BDL Accelerate 2015: Idea Stage Competition and Early Stage Competition.
Last year’s speakers included Alexander Asseily, co-founder of Jaw Bone, named the 33rd most influential person in Silicon Valley, and Ramzi Rizk, co-founder of EyeEm, a Berlin-based photo-sharing social network akin to Instagram, that has recently raised $18 million in new venture funding. Participants had the chance to network with the speakers; international partnerships and employment opportunities naturally ensued. BDL Accelerate 2015 is hosting more than 100 influencers from all over the globe; the potential is limitless. Hurry up and register, capacity is limited.