Eco-Entrepreneurs from Southern Mediterranean countries to get incubation support under SwitchMed programme

December 8, 2016
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Eighteen entrepreneurs, out of the 132 who benefited from 10 hours of individual coaching under the SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurs Programmeto improve their green business model, have been chosen to enter an 8-month incubation phase to receive guidance and support to setup and start running their business.

Specifically, the selected entrepreneurs will receive:
·       55 hours of one-to-one coaching and incubation support by a local mentor.
·       Tailor-made external technical assistance based on the specific needs of each entrepreneur
·       Support to develop a crowdfunding campaign, if applied
·       Support to access finance (through a national meeting with investors and a regional competition organised by SwitchMed)
The 18 selected entrepreneurs are from the SwitchMed partner countries: 3 from Algeria, 3 from Israel, 1 from Jordan, 1 from Lebanon, 3 from Morocco, 2 from Palestine and 5 from Tunisia. Their business ideas can be clustered into 6 sectors: organic food and agriculture, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable building and construction, sustainable cleaning products and cosmetics, waste management and resource efficiency.
By the end of the programme, 45 entrepreneurs will have benefitted from the incubation period under Green Entrepreneurs Programme.
The SwitchMed sustainable consumption and production programme aims to promote a switch by the Mediterranean economies towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and green economy, including low-emission development, through demonstration and dissemination of methods that improve resource and energy efficiency. It also seeks to minimise the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of products and services and, where possible, to promote renewable energy. 
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