Smart ESA

Smart ESA

Designed by ESA, with the support of the French Embassy in Lebanon and the Banque du Liban (BDL), Smart ESA capitalizes on French Tech expertise and savoir-faire by creating an environment that fosters the development and growth of startups and an entrepreneurial mind.

If you are curious about entrepreneurship, want to develop your startup’s business model, want to make sure your startup’s first years are well planned or even if you have an up-and-running business and you want to go global, Smart ESA has the right program for you :

– Discover: An introductory program for those curious about entrepreneurship and are not sure what it takes to be an entrepreneur
– Create: A program targeting those who have a project and are certain about launching their start-up. They will build their business model and prepare to pitch for investors
– Incubate: A program targeting start-ups ready to be incorporated. It will help them conquer the market and navigate through their first years successfully
– Grow: A program targeting start-ups that have already generated some revenues and have the potential to scale up internationally
– Be Hosted: Have your office in a stimulating co-working space

Smart ESA at a glance

Stage of startups From Seed to Growth
Field of operation All types of fields related to technology with a special focus on : fintech, e-health, e-education and e-beauty
Equity taken 0
Fees taken Three is an investment given by CMA CGM (Not from Smart ESA) to startups that are mutually interested. CMA CGM takes 8.5% equity for an investment of 25K $.
Investment/grant given 0
Eligibility criteria
Different eligibility criteria

Technical services and infrastructure

Technical services and infrastructure
  • Office Space
  • Internet
  • Workshops
  • Conference rooms
Business services and training offered
  • Business Idea
  • Feasibility Study
  • Market Research
  • Technology & Commercialization
  • Marketing Plan
  • HR
  • Accounting and Financial Services
  • Legal Services
  • Pitch Training
Access to financing
  • Seed Investment
  • VCs
  • Angel Investors
  • Pitching sessions for investors
Other perks
  • Network of mentors
  • Strategic partners (Corporate, potential clients)
  • Network of external providers, interns, potential employees
  • Potential clients
  • Network of universities/R&D centers
  • Networking events