A community of entrepreneurs
Meet some of our inspiring entrepreneurs. By bringing them together, we build a diverse community of water and environmental entrepreneurs. The ongoing interaction between the entrepreneurs and our wider networks adds significant value to the business development process through out the programme and beyond!
L’Inventif is a handiwork hub that proposes green handcrafting to businesses as extracurricular activities for their employees. The aim is to create additional opportunities for local craftsmen to be trainers on the side while also supporting local suppliers by buying their products for these sessions. It also guarantees the continuation of these crafts in the community. The employees get to relax, have fun, and learn various skills, basic maintenance, and green living. By collaborating with L’Inventif, businesses would give back to the society and transform their workplace into a positive community that makes a difference in their society.
CubeX SAL is a Lebanese social enterprise founded in 2018 and specialized in resource-oriented bio-waste management. We design and deliver wastewater treatment solutions all while providing consultancy services and raising awareness of the importance of wise water usage. Our line of services covers but is not limited to households, municipalities, vulnerable communities, agro-industrialists, and more. At CubeX SAL, we aim at making wastewater treatment more accessible by providing local, low-cost, and low-tech solutions. We promote the sustainable management of waste resources by turning bio-waste into a bio-resource and implementing resilient solutions anchored in the circular economy approach and adapted to the local context. Our first product was the Cubex unit. It is a 3-stage household scale system that relies on biological treatment to reduce sludge accumulation, thus the frequency of desludging. Decantra is our newest innovative wastewater solution. It is a dewatering vehicle that addresses the frequent need for desludging from septic systems. It separates the water from the solids on-site, returns the water after basic filtration, and only collects the solids for drop-off at a composting facility to produce a sludge-based compost for reuse. Given the reduction in transported volumes by dewatering, Decantra offers a reduced service fee compared to vacuum desludging trucks and allows to service more houses per haul. It also offers alternatives for governments to address fecal sludge management without requiring any infrastructure. With Decantra, homeowners and development agencies will pay a reduced service fee without any additional infrastructural requirements or change in user behavior, all while ensuring that the wastewater is treated before discharge.
Joona offers playful and personalized quality skincare products according to skin types, conditions and preferences using ingredients native to the region such as coffee which will be collected from coffee shops that would have otherwise been discarded into landfills.
Mruna offers BiomWeb, an onsite nature-based wastewater treatment system that harnesses the power of nature combined with internet-connected devices to revolutionise access to sanitation. By leveraging newly accessible digital technologies, Mruna enabled an economical, practical, and environmentally sustainable system, that offers decision-making tools and analysis. Mruna imagines itself more than a wastewater equipment supply company, but as a water service provider and as a global Sustainable Network Infrastructure Planning consulting service that promotes urban resilience.
BIOwayste is a decentralised small-scale system that allows the conversion of organic waste such as food waste into biogas and bio-fertiliser. It offers a green and effective approach to benefit from food waste, while increasing sustainability and reducing socio-economic and environmental impact. A user friendly, low cost and low-tech system, BIOwayste will minimise the percentage of food wasted leading to a reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions to up to 40% annually.
Lebanon Waste Management is a recycling facility that manages up to 100 tons of dry solid waste per month, including cardboard, paper, plastic, cans, electronics, and polystyrene (unique in Lebanon), along the whole chain of recycling collection, sorting and processing as well as organising eco-wedding packages and zero-waste events. The company is currently innovating to include a mobile app, and up-cycling of plastic/glass for tiles.
Difaf SAL is an environmental consulting firm that has been operating in Lebanon and the region since 2014. Equipped with the technical know-how and localized experience, Difaf is developing a business case that will bridge its clients with the most feasible solutions. DECEN-TERRA is here to streamline decentralized wastewater treatment (DEWATS) and provide SMEs, industries, and small municipalities with feasible, durable, and cost-efficient wastewater treatment.
Ground Vertical Farming offers greenhouse owners the possibility to optimise their agricultural production through maximising their planning space and minimising their costs. The smart solution focuses on vegetables, greenery and seedlings in greenhouses, offering higher yields, lower water and energy consumptions, less labor, all year round, irrespective of weather, with 24/7 real-time monitoring. The solution includes fully automated vertical panels, growing mediums, seeds and a main controller.
Too Good to Waste is a social enterprise that aims to reduce food waste and poverty in Lebanon by collecting, polishing up, and making leftovers accessible to people in need through pop-up dinners and workshops.
Live Love Recycle is an initiative to help counter the garbage crisis in Lebanon. It is a service based on a mobile application where residents in Lebanon are able to order up to two pick-ups per month for their recyclables with just a few clicks. The Live Love Recycle application is available in both Android and iOs versions, simple and easy to use.
IGT is tackling green energy problems starting with those of solar water heaters. PRO-Shield is the first solution capable of solving the overheating problem faced worldwide by residential solar water heater owners. It is a covering mechanism mounted on any solar water heater regardless of its size, type and brand, protecting it against the hazardous effects of overheating and as a result, enhancing its renewable energy reliability and efficiency.
OrganyClean is a startup which is dedicated to provide green and sustainable cleaning hygiene products by using natural’s power resources instead of using chemicals. They also try to contribute in organic waste management by turning agro-wastes (fruits/vegetables) into a unique, new, valuable, and “cleaning with benefits” products.
Antizibar offers innovative and low-cost wastewater treatment technology for its clients. Using adsorption-desorption technique and waste from juice industries, precisely pomegranate peels, the technology treats olive mill wastewater and produces phenol extracts, which can be sold to pharmaceutical industries later on.
Plastic Beach targets plastic waste disposal reduction through at-source collection and shredding. Businesses and institutions will subscribe for the service at a fee. In addition to reducing the amounts of plastics that reach landfills or pollute the environment, it will also create job opportunities for people in Lebanon. Plastic Beach team has designed, engineered, and built an affordable plastic shredder that can be fitted in a van, which makes plastic waste collection easier and more efficient by shredding it instantly at the point of collection.
Automatic Channel Cleaner aims to help cleaning the channels and rivers from floating solid waste. The idea is to use a machine that collects such waste. It utilizes the hydraulic power of water flow as source of energy. Implementing this cleaner in all surface water resources in Lebanon should reduce water pollution in the country.
The Waste To Power aims to morph waste cooking oil into biodiesel. By including the collection of the used oil from its sources, reduction to its improper disposal can be guaranteed. Hence, protecting the soil and groundwater from this kind of contamination. The produced biodiesel is better than fossil-based diesel in terms of price and emissions as it is cheaper and friendlier to the environment.
Clean2O is a portable water treatment device that purifies water from biological, physical, and chemical pollutants in an affordable manner. The device is designed and manufactured by Lebanese youth. They target entities which work with refugees, but also hikers and campers are on the list. With Clean2O device a 500 liters of water cost 8$. In addition to that, they raise awareness through workshops about water situation in Lebanon.
TURBA (means soil in Arabic) recycles organic waste into a high quality soil-amendment that improves the quality of poor soil. The spark was kindled by the team’s passion for composting and their aim of spreading it as a common recycling practice. Their motto is “from stinking trash to TURBA, we are closing the loop”.
UNCLOG merges creative campaigning, taxation, and manufacturing of convenient and environmentally responsible alternatives in order to reduce the consumption of and the pollution associated with single-use plastic bags. UNCLOG utilizes business and community sensibilities to revive the power of collective action.
Green Track focuses on behaviour change in solid waste management for Jabal Mohsen’s (in Tripoli) residents. Two teams are formed: Green Women, who raise the awareness about waste segregation into recyclables and non-recyclables, and Green Men, who sort the recyclables into its respective categories and sell it. Around 600 apartments have been served so far with trash bins, and soon, more will come, not only for Jabal Mohsen, but also for other districts as well! Green Track believes that trash can be a socializing facilitator for neighbourhoods at dispute.
Juthor offers an advanced agricultural systems management program for Aquaponics to analyse data and to provide optimal management of agriculture through sensors technology. The system does not only automatically control the agricultural setting needed to grow plants, but also reduces water wasted.
Sennara is an environmental and social enterprise that produces and installs rooftop hydroponic systems for families in underprivileged areas, such as Gaza Camp. In addition, Sennara provides trainings, and coaching support for women, who are running the hydroponic rooftop farming activities and benefit from keeping a share of the revenues from selling the produce, with all sales channels provided by Senara.
Decapolis is a Jordan-based leader in Food Safety and Quality traceability, provides a platform for ensuring the safety and quality of food for food producers, auditors, and regulatory agencies worldwide. Decapolis aims to enable food producers to provide premium goods for which the end-to-end supply and production chains comply with safety and quality control standards. Through data, a brand stamp on producer goods, Decapolis enables even smallholder farmers to produce in-demand, higher-quality crops and access new markets through a tiered Monthly Subscription platform.
This Using nanotechnology, Labebah treats olive-mills wastewater on-site to recover phenol and treated water, which will be sold for food supplement and cosmetic production and reused for irrigation. Olive Mill Owners can therefore save fees for wastewater treatment, avoid environmental pollution and make use of precious resources in the wastewater.
Ghoorcom is an online marketplace that directly connects farmers to retailers, promoting transparency and fair trade. We also provide logisitcs services and modern payment solution. Driven by a bigger social values, we are focused to empower farmers by optimising the agricultural supply chain by using research, analytics and technology.
Namliyeh is a young Jordanian brand focused on authenticity and craftsmanship to create high quality artisanal products. Seeking only organic ingredients from local farmers, Namliyeh produces a unique selection of seasonal, handmade artisan jams and tea, and also sells other naturally produced Jordanian products, such as honey.
Solvillion provides engineering solutions in the field of water and wastewater. The decentralized wastewater treatment system (DWWS) is developed as an onsite system to recycle wastewater and reuse it for agriculture. The customized treatment system targets rural households, which do not have access to the sewer system. It is easy to maintain, low in energy consumption and needs less de-sludging.
An educational environmental start-up that aims at raising knowledge of environmental challenges and impacts among locals, policy makers and youth using Virtual Reality tools and applications. EnvaTechs targets environmental companies, Development Agencies, Ministries and Schools.
A non-for-profit organization that aims to develop sustainable tourism in Jordan. It focuses on integrating local communities with the tourism sector. This can be achieved through identifying people’s needs and building their skills, developing a tourism masterplan, and maintain a healthy connection between service providers, their market, and their customers.
Ecope is a social start-up specialised in organic resource and waste management. Through a range of consultancy, educational, and composting services, Ecope aims to contribute to the creation of an ecosystem aimed at transforming food waste into food production.
Rise it creates a clear lifecycle for plastic products through providing a clear plastic life cycle from trash bins to products. Starting by Collecting, shredding, molding and ending all the way to you with 100% recycled products. Rise it aims at raising the awareness of reusing what once used to end in trash while staying more than 450 years to decompose.
Good Waste company aims to collect, sort, and recycle solid waste in Jordan by implementing a state-of-the-art machine of their own making and design. The machine receives all kind of waste and sort it by itself into its respective container. Then, to increase the efficiency, the waste is either shredded or compressed before being stored temporarily. With a little incentive to be given to its user, this product should decrease littering and make people aware about their own waste.
DARB is specialised in solar system cleaning solutions. Solar panels in Jordan and the region face large dust accumulation, which reduces the output power of the solar systems significantly. Automised cleaning systems with low water consumption are offered by DARB to improve the productivity of solar energy generation.
A translation agency that focuses on translating WASH related materials from English to Arabic and vice versa. It also aims to create Arabic content in water and sanitation fields. Turjumaa does not come from a linguistic background, rather from a technical and research one. This makes the offered translations unique and friendly to specialists. Turjumaa cares about details and dares to spend hours coining a term.
Safaa for Plumbing is the first commercial female company that provides plumbing services and trainings for private households as well as public institutions, NGOs and companies in Irbid and Amman. Besides saving critical amounts of water, the company aims at empowering women through special work qualification programmes, job opportunities and at the same time seeks to drawing a positive image for jobs traditionally dominated by men.
RSA is an innovative product used to remove colour from wastewater with the help of a material produced from waste Styrofoam. RSA can be applied in various industries using colour in their production processes and will be offered to companies that manufacture waste water treatment technologies and filters as a better and cheaper alternative to traditional technologies used to remove color from wastewater.
Ziadat4recycling manufactures and designs unique products through upcycling. Our designs grow from the materials itself as they inspire us with ideas!
Rozme W Nabte is a company that produces any paper material packaging from 100% recycled paper that is Acid Free, Food Safe and biodegradable, which makes it environmental friendly. Rozme W Nabte products are all plantable and could be used and reused again.
A consulting and training platform which aims at providing holistic environmental solutions. Inaya creates and implements sustainable agricultural projects by using functional design methods. One of their flagship projects is the Chicken Composting Land-Reclamation system that repairs the land while producing Compost, Organic Eggs, and Free-Range Chickens…all at once!
SmartDrop is a start-up that offers a smart software and hardware system that simulates the water distribution system and monitors water networks and lines. Their solution helps municipalities and utilities distribute water fairly to all subscribers, as well as detect leakage sites accurately and quickly.
EnviCoPal is a startup that produces activated carbon water filters from sawdust. By offering these filters, the start-up allows Palestinian factories and households to enjoy having safe drinking water at much lower costs.
Greeners is a Palestinian startup, that uses CO2 emissions to create eco-friendly sustainable fertilizers through a patented formula, which helps in reducing the amount of air pollution and provides farmers with effective fertilizers that are safe for the soil, the water, and most importantly to their health.
The Green Shop provides “awareness-based” marketing services for eco-friendly and organic products. It also offers online services for selected products in addition to designing and supervising marketing campaigns.
Al-Amal Farm sells environmentally-grown fruits and vegetables to the local community as well as the local/regional market. The groceries the farm offers is unique, as it is grown in healthy environments, which is free from toxins and chemicals while preserving fertile soil rich in living organisms.
Water Solution offers plant ponds with a built-in irrigation system. The bonds save water and preserve the plants from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In addition to this, the solution allows people to beautify gardens and rooftops while saving money and water, with the least needed maintenance.
Ecotech is the first formal electronic waste recycling company in Palestine. Recycling electronics undergoes a unique processing technique in order to recover precious and base metal concentrates that are ready for metal smelting and refining industry. Thus, we are one of the first urban mining companies in the Middle East.
In Palestine water losses reach more than 33% of supplied water despite water scarcity, which calls for a serious and innovative solution. FlowLess is developing a smart system, consisting of smart metering, clustering, and fully autonomous analysis and interpretation using artificial intelligence, to automatically detect leakage in water networks and provide monitoring, interpretation, reporting of the network status in addition to the ability to forecast future incidents. FlowLess vision is to help water service providers significantly improve water supply efficiency by minimizing losses. We are currently targeting the water service providers in Palestine as an initial market for the first phase of our project.
Green World has started in 2019 as an initiative in the city of Hebron. A group of school and university students, as well as engineers and mechanics began since then collecting plastic waste in order to recycle it. Today, the startup aims to build furniture and valuable objects from the collected waste, which would result in prolonging the use of plastic and benefiting the society and environment.
Palestine Green Building Council
The PGBC is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that aims to develop the environmental culture and understanding in the construction industry in Palestine. Such development would lead the construction sector towards international sustainable considerations, which will raise the efficiency of construction works in all of its phases (design, construction, and operation) and enhance the health for the occupants of the finished product.
Water Heroes is a water educational game that can be played on computers and mobile phones. The game targets the young generation with the aim to increase their level of education and awareness about water issues. This would help achieving a society who is aware of its issues and tries to act in a more sustainable way. Currently, the prototype is undergoing series of tests to ensure the desired learning outputs and takeaways.
Blue Filter is a company specialized in producing natural filters for water purification from nitrates and other harmful substances without the use of chemical additives or the need for energy. Blue Filter uses environmental friendly materials in its products. The list of provided services includes: awareness campaigns, online and offline water quality tests, and water purification materials. The products and services are tailored to meet the customer needs and wishes.
Biodiesel for Palestine is a start-up initiative that aims to manufacture environmental-friendly biodiesel from used cooking oils consumed by restaurants and hotels in the West Bank. Biodiesel can be used as a fuel for passenger cars, trucks, or any combustion machines.
Ki aims to incentive people to use reusable bags and cut down on plastic bags through a point-based reward system. The reusable bags are made locally with eco-friendly fabric and have a wide range of sizes and features.
Dr. Waste for Recycling is a socio-environmental startup that provides products and services to enhance organic waste recycling and turn food waste into environmentally friendly compost. By this, Dr. Waste aims to increase the end-user awareness of the risk of waste and encourage him/her to segregate organic waste from other kinds of waste in Iraq.
Treatment hub is a start-up that aims to deliver consultancy services to international NGO in line with the government work and vision in regards to Facael Sludge Management (FSM) with a focus on preforming rapid assessment report and date collection to advise on the best approach to manage and control a valid FSM system.
Golden Mushroom is a modern and eco-friendly mushroom farm that supplies local markets in Mosul with delicious, nutritious, and fresh mushrooms. The startup contributes to solving environmental issues by recycling plant and animal waste and transforming it to mushroom growing substrate. The substrate is a great soil amendment for gardeners and farmers. In addition, Golden Mushroom provides mushroom products throughout the year.
Nakhla is an agribusiness from Iraq specialised in a variety of care services for private, public and commercial palm tree cultivations, including pollination, vaccination, curving and covering, harvesting, fertilisation, and disease control as well as cleaning the site after each operation in exchange for an annual subscription and a percentage of sales. Dates are processed and returned to the farmer for sale. Nakhla uses artificial intelligence data from the palm tree to ensure the best needs-based response.
Recycle Me App is a start-up to develop a Smart Mobile application that focuses on connecting waste providers (e.g. plastic users) with buyers. It aims at becoming an online market for selling waste.
GREEN GARDEN aims at addressing organic waste challenges in Mosul through innovative vermicomposting methods. The startup offers the service of organic waste removal from poor areas for free and from high-end areas for a suitable fee. Moreover, they transport, separate and process organic waste into valuable compost material demanded by local farmers, owners of agricultural materials stores, and owners of nurseries.
Carpa is a startup that uses innovative aquaponic systems to produce carp fish and vegetables, like eggplants, and bell pepper to its clients. The systems are very friendly to the environment and integrate technology and clean energy sources to operate them.
Eng.Medical Waste Solutions is a startup company specialized in managing medical waste and training staff working at healthcare facilities on dealing with medical waste.
Other countries in the region
Chahbani Technologies (CHAHTECH SA) is a Tunisian company specialized in inventing, manufacturing and distributing innovative irrigation systems such as The Buried Diffuser.
Benaa is a not-for-profit organization that aims at building up the youth capacities, in order to build up sustainable development projects, and create an interactive enabling environment in the MENA region.
Fruilter is a start-up that offers a treatment device system for the reuse of greywater coming from the bathroom sinks, to flush toilet water. The startup is based in Tunisia and aims at reserving water resources, protecting the environment, and reducing water costs by reducing the amount of water utilized from drinking to discharge.
FarMed is a web mobile application designed for Tunisian farmers who have access to the internet and are searching for a secure place to sell, rent, and buy agricultural products and materials. The start-up aims at creating an extended community of farmers and other citizens involved in exchanging products, materials, and experiences for combating water scarcity and climate change.
Ecoريّ is a comprehensive eco-smart system manageable watering system, aims to reduce water losses in irrigation activities and making your life greener, all in one package, by providing multiple customers and beneficiaries with customizable choices, through which they will [Save – Grow – Sustain] healthy bio produce anywhere anytime in France.
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