September 30, 2016

Newsletter- September 2016

Letter from the President

Dear LebNeters:

Wow! The last 6 weeks have been extremely busy for LebNet and on behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank you for putting up with the barrage of email announcements and for your unwavering commitment to volunteer, mentor and respond with enthusiasm whenever you’re asked! 

Your passion and support is paying off as we are very pleased to announce that we just crossed the 500 members threshold, and our plans to achieve the magic 1000 mark are already in play!

LebNet continues to execute on its mission of building a great networking platform for our high-tech community, nurturing our next generation Lebanese professionals, and connecting with our counterparts in Lebanon. While our brand continues to rise, we rely on you to keep spreading the word, and to invite your friends to join the group and participate in this fantastic journey.

Our first event in NYC was a blast, and our 5 attending board members were left with a huge sense of heightened responsibility to expand our membership and presence to the East Coast. Our proudest moment was when 3 founders of NY/NJ based Lebanese startups stood up and spoke about the benefits they reaped from being mentored by other LebNet members and how they were now ready to pay it forward. (Rabih Nassar- Scriptr, Eddy Touma- Klangoo, & Tarek Fadel-FADEL). We are now in full planning mode to proceed forward with a concrete expansion timetable, stay tuned.

As usual, I have so many anecdotes to share with you that tell the story of our community’s accelerated growth but I will respect your precious reading time and leave it to when we meet in person at our next event.

I would like to thank all our donors who make all this progress possible and allow me to plug the fact that our fund raising campaign is still active for those who have not gotten around to it yet.

Happy Reading!


George Akiki, LebNet President and Co-Founder

Fundraising Campaign →
  • What a busy quarter and we’re just getting started! LebNet held a record number of events in Silicon Valley and with our community. We hit a milestone by expanding to the East Coast with our first ever event in NYC. We successfully held and sponsored LebNet Ignite Demo Day with Blackbox Connect, Mentorship Day with MIT EF Pan Arab, and participated in LDE (Lebanese Diaspora Energy) regional conference with the Lebanese Consulate in NY. Read the recaps and see all the highlights here.
  • Save the date for our upcoming Fireside Chat with George Boutros on Oct.18th and mark your calendars for all our upcoming events through our Events Calendar.
You can also post your related events for LebNet memberson WebsiteLinkedInTwitter, and Facebookor send to
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Mentorship Program
If you are a LebNet member, by giving a few hours of your time per month, you may contribute to the unprecedented success of a Lebanese start-up company in the global market!

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LebNet and MIT EF Pan Arab Mentorship Day
for MENA Startups at Google HQ

LebNet was proud to sponsor
MIT EF Pan Arab Region’s Silicon Valley Program for the third consecutive year in Silicon Valley on Sept. 8th, 2016. More then 20 LebNet mentors gathered  and met with some of the brightest and most prominent startups in MENA selected by MIT EF Pan Arab.
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LebNet Ignite Demo Day 2016 powered by Blackbox Connect


To conclude their two week acceleration program, VisionInMotion, Synkers, and Jellyfish  the three LebNet Ignite innovative startups from Lebanon were invited to pitch their products,to an audience of Silicon Valley industry experts, followed by a dinner party.
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Featured Mentee: Joey Zeenny, Co-Founder/ CEO of Jellyfish
Read about Joey’s awesome experience with LebNet Ignite Program here.

News from the Ecosystem

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Member in the Spotlight: Mounir Zok

This month, we’re excited to feature Mounir Zok, Director of Technology and Innovation at the US Olympic Committee. Mounir talked to LebNet about his unique path to success in one of the hottest industries in tech, wearable technology and innovation for sports. As a new LebNet member, Mounir is excited to join forces and give back to the community through the power of the LebNet network. Read his interview here and watch his video message here.

Stay Connected!

Thanks to our new communications specialist, Lana Ballout, we are now very active on our revamped social media platforms so that you can stay informed and engaged. 

LebNet members get exclusive access to our Message Board and receive notifications when they opt in.
Post your announcements, resume, job and internship offers and reach more than 500 LebNet Members. Below is a glimpse of our message board:
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