Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut- UNIC, hosted the 4th Annual Young Entrepreneur Contest on the 18th of March at the Unesco Palace, Beirut.
Dr. Hatem Alamy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUBS, Ms. Marguerite El Helou, Acting Director at the United Nations Information Centre-Beirut (UNIC), Mr. Ghassan Assaf, Chairman General Manager of BBAC, schools’ representatives, members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff at MUBS attended the event.
The Young Entrepreneur Contest was launched based on the strong links established between MUBS and Staffordshire University in the UK and as part of the ASPIRE Tempus Project. The purpose of the contest is to stimulate the spirit of innovation and creativity among public and private high schools’ students, through unleashing their imagination to design small-scale projects that will build their capacities and promote entrepreneurship. More than 60 projects were submitted from different schools, but only fifteen groups were selected for the final round.
Each of the fifteen groups presented their ideas in front of the jury that included: Mr. Fadi Yarak, Director General of Education, Dr. Saad Andary, Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Dr. Nicolas Rouhana, Executive Director at Berytech, Dr. Khater Abou Habib, Chairman & General Manager of Kafalat, Ms. Marguerite El Helou, Acting Director at UNIC-Beirut, and Mrs. Fayza Saad Mehanna, Executive Director at Injaz Lebanon.
The first prize went to the "Golden Basket" project by Al Hadi Institute for Deaf, Blind and Learning Disabilities. The project is a smart trashcan that could separate the wastes according to their nature automatically through sensors, lights, and sounds. The second prize went to the "Garbage to Energy" project by Kernayel High School. It aims to change the garbage into biogas using the high temperature in an oxygen-free environment. The third place went to "Pico Pi" project by Zahia Salman Public High School. “Pico Pi” is a package designed to help students, or those who love cinema, project their lectures or movies in an easy way using the concept of attaching raspberry pi to the battery.
Awards included monetary prizes and scholarships at MUBS.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!