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We are incubating 25 Green Entrepreneurs in 8 countries. What are their ambitions, needs and impact?
Published on Aug 10, 2017

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They have started a long journey. Rather than working as an employee, the entrepreneurs prefer to run a green business and assume all the risks. They are getting ready to lead the shift to green and a socially inclusive economies in the Mediterranean region and this is why at SwitchMed, we are so proud of them.

Our 25 selected green incubated entrepreneurs (out of 1,500 trained) are currently receiving 8-month period of support and advisory services from the local mentor, specialized external experts and the SwitchMed team, known as the incubation phase, to boost their business. Prior to that, they were trained with an innovative methodology on how to launch a green business in the Mediterranean.

 

Our green incubated entrepreneurs, the best out of 1,500

In Israel, Lilac Frenkel, who is behind SoCheese, offers healthy and ecofriendly alternative to animal cheese products, Ben Yavnieli, founder of Eden turns wood waste into  valuable and colorful products for the outdoor space and Amit Sheleg, from Hygimed, provides a solution for treating hospital waste.

 

 

In Israel, Lilac Frenkel, who is behind SoCheese, offers healthy and ecofriendly alternative to animal cheese products, Ben Yavnieli, founder of Eden turns wood waste into  valuable and colorful products for the outdoor space and Amit Sheleg, from Hygimed, provides a solution for treating hospital waste.

In Algeria, Abdelaziz Belmamoune sells water in biodegradable plastic bottles at Chelalla Water, Daddi Addoun runs The Oasis Builders, an eco-friendly construction company which draws on traditional building methods and  Ferrah Reguia who extracts and valorises of prickly pears oil for cosmetic purposes.

In Egypt, the founder of Hand 2 Hand, Ahmed Al Masry is improving the waste management system of the city of Zagazig through education and collaboration specially on rubbish collection, Ahmed Abdallah secures food through dehydrators with Golden Roofs and the Oasis Community Centre, a sustainability education hub run by Sally Baghat targeting youngsters.

In Palestine, Wael and Weam upcycles paper into egg trays, tree young ladies Nareman, Nadia and Heba founded Waste by Waste to tackle major industrial waste water pollution for the benefit of whole community and Tafleek is becoming a e-waste recycling hubs for the West Bank thanks to its founder Tasneem Abuhijleh.

In Morocco, Khaoula Remmal runs the project of ENRD2_Engrais Bio aiming at revalorizing the organic waste enabling closing the close the loop, an eco-friendly Camping farm – Riad Green House in an organic paradise is designed by Hamid Ben M’Barek Riad,  Elomari Naoual and her project VDMpneu on recycling tyres. Also in Morocco, Plastic4Life, founded by Oussama Boutrigui, gives a second life for plastic waste derived from agricultural activities.

In Tunisia, Habib Chakhari, founder of Bio-Chèvre-Lait sells organic goat’s milk products,  at BioIntrants Technologies, Yassine Ben Menadi is rethinking farming systems by replacing current harmful farming products with eco-friendly alternatives. Mohamed Khelil, founder of Waste-to-Value succeeds in integrating coffee waste into a value chain as a biodegradable fertilizer.

In Lebanon, NK by Nour Kays keeps ¨single use plastic bags¨ out of the waste stream by re-using them to create new fashionable bags and pouches.

 

¨More than 256,000 tonnes of waste tyres are discarded into nature or burned every year in Morocco, so there is an urgent need to deal with how we treat these everyday objects at the end of their useful life¨."The SwitchMed experience has taught me the methodology and the right tools to turn my idea into a real business project".
Elomari Naoual, founder of VDMpneu (Morocco)

In Jordan, Building Worx a company created by Anas Saleh, aims at becoming a t leader in green building & sustainable construction, Lina Murad AL-Kurdi and her Green Roof  project reduces the energy loss through the insulation of buildings and improving the air quality. Amina Abu Hamdeh has launched Healthy Green Gold, the first locally produced wheat grass extract to make health & personal care products.

To date, more than 1,500 green entrepreneurs have been trained, contributing to the creation of 150 new green businesses and hundreds of jobs. By 2018, more than 2,500 individuals will have been trained on the green entrepreneurship methodology and 200 new businesses launched.

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 “The SwitchMed training workshop allowed me to better understand the green business approach which matches perfectly with my principles regarding the environment. Moreover, what motivates my engagement is the ever growing need of farmers and consumers alike to change our agricultural model” 
Yassine, founder of BioIntrants Technologie (Tunisia)