MedUP! FUnd social enterprises VC4A

Meet the inspiring social enterprises supported by the MedUP! Fund

We’re very proud to announce the 64 social enterprises that have already been selected under the MedUP! Fund that will receive tailored financial and technical support throughout the duration of the project.

These companies represent the best examples of social entrepreneurship in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. They provide innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to social and environmental problems. They demonstrate strong performance and have the potential to grow their business. The companies span a wide range of industries and stages, including start-ups, mature businesses and everything in-between.

MedUP! Project

The MedUP! project is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by Oxfam and its European and Southern Mediterranean partners. The project started in March 2018 and will last for 48 months until February 2022.

The overall objective is to promote an enabling environment for the development of the social entrepreneurship sector as a driver for inclusive growth and job creation.

Its specific objective is to increase economic inclusiveness and employment in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine where adequate policies on social entrepreneurship are in place, public-private dialogue and exchanges of practices are promoted and high-quality business development services are available and provided to social enterprises.

About the Fund

The MedUP! Fund is a grant facility of 1 million Euros which has been allocated to support growth projects of 64 social enterprises in the 6 target countries. Each company has proposed a project aiming to grow their business and impact. These projects will be implemented in the coming year, funded by a combination of own contribution and the MedUP! Fund. In addition to the grant, the project provides technical support to selected social enterprises and will stimulate strategic networking to access additional funds from national and international financial institutions.

Selection Process

Social enterprises in all countries were asked to apply, and information sessions were organized. The process involved 2 stages, concept note and full proposal throughout a comprehensive selection process. In total 635 social enterprises applied initially (with a concept note) and 138 submitted a full proposal. Shortlisted companies were visited, interviewed or asked to pitch with the aim to get key information on their business and on their related social and financial impact. The selection was done by expert juries at national and regional level using strict selection criteria across all countries.

Networking with Financial Institutions and Investors

In addition to the grant and technical support, the MedUP! project aims to support the social enterprises in securing longer-term financing to further grow their business beyond the duration of the project. We will connect with international and national investors and financial institutions seeking to put their investments into social entrepreneurship.

This is part of our efforts to strengthen the (local) ecosystem and promote social entrepreneurship sector in the MENA region.

Special Thanks

We are sincerely grateful for all the entrepreneurs that took the time to apply. We have been inspired by their great solutions and plans. There are many quality companies that deserve to be supported, making it a challenging decision-making process. We are hopeful that more projects to support and promote social entrepreneurship in the region will follow.

We are thankful for all that have helped spread the message on the MedUP Fund and thankful for all jury members that helped in selection.

Please help us to promote social entrepreneurship as a force for good, by spreading this message. Or get in touch with these inspiring social enterprises themselves if you are interested to work with them.

The Portfolio

Here you can find an overview of all companies selected per country. Below the table, you will see a map and list with links to profiles of almost all selected social enterprises. Please visit their venture profiles to find out more and start following them.

Country  

Social Enterprises

Lebanon
  
  
The Community Farm, Social Enterprise Cluster, Cooperative Association of Rural Mouna-Arsal, Live Love Recycle, Tatreez Design, Green Track, CHREEK, FabricAID, Mother’s Cooking, Compost Baladi
Palestine   
  
  
Muffaker, Palestinian Initiative for Supporting Students – ESNAD, Annahda Women’s Association, Al Awda Center, Holy Land Handicraft, Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center, Inash Al Usra, MADARAT Center, Alreehyah, Alhayat, BuildPalestine, Bethlehem Star, Anabta
Jordan
  
Recycling For Education, Habayebna, Dibeen Farms, AKYAS, The Good Socks, Healthy Choice, Ghoorcom, Jeron company, Bookagri, Desert Rose, Asma Al Weshah
Tunisia
  
BC Distribution, Green ALAFCO, Maison de l’Image, Le Lemon Tour, Sciencia, Pensée Nationale Libre, Fromagerie Tebaba, KALYS, Couss & Co edition
Morocco
  
Educall, Hydrobarley, Ecodome, Idyr, Safe Eat Sarl (MAMIAM), Cookit, Evaptainers, Ressourc’in, Zelij Invent, Easyrun, Safetrack, Prev dev
Egypt
  
Suncity, Bayt Alkhyata, GebRaa, Schaduf, Banlastic Egypt, Alwan wa Awtar, Small Artisans for Trade and Supply, VLaby

Portfolio

Name Country Sector(s)
Banlastic Egypt
We ban single use plastic by providing alternatives
Egypt Environmental services, Manufacturing, Waste manag…
Alwan wa Awtar
Non formal education, developing communities through Arts
Egypt Arts, Educational products, Educational services
Small Artisans for Trade & Supply
Fight Poverty, Create Jobs and Promote Knowledge
Egypt Household appliances, Import and export, Wholesale
Maison de l’Image I Atelier Nocturne
Reinventing society through art and culture
Tunisia Creative, media and entertainment, Education
habaybna.net
An online resource on intellectual disabilities in Arabic.
Jordan E-learning, Information technology
GebRaa
Reviving traditional crafts at risk through product innovation
Egypt Consulting and business development, Fashion, Furn…
Bayt Alkhyata
Empowerment through Vocational education
Egypt Education
Jeron for training
Jasmine
Jordan Manufacturing
The Community Farm
Healthy and environmentally friendly agriculture
Lebanon Agribusiness
BuildPalestine
A platform to connect supporters with impact projects in Palestine
Palestine, State of Consulting and business development
Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center (SMRC)
Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Palestine, State of Educational services, Food production, Packaging
Safe Eat ( Mamiam)
Empowering women through cooking!
Morocco Food and beverage, Food production
Asma Al Weshah Institute
Healthy Natural Food
Jordan Food production
Menha.org
Fighting Poverty Through Education
Palestine, State of Education
Green Track
Sustainable Waste Management System
Lebanon Waste management and recycling
Ecodome Maroc
#ecology #construction #earthen #Earth
Morocco Clean technology, Construction
Zelij Invent
Waste management
Morocco Construction and manufacturing, Waste management a…
Easy Run
#moby urban
Morocco Smart city solutions
mothers’cooking
Making healthy home-cooked meals available for everyone!
Lebanon Agribusiness, Agritech, Food and beverage
Al Mouna AL Rifiia
Knitting workshop for : carpets, rags and wall carpets
Lebanon Agribusiness, Food production, Furniture
Inash al usra society
Women-led, voluntary, charitable, civil society
Palestine, State of Educational services, Food production, Hygiene
PREV DEV
Flood Early warning systems
Morocco Smart city solutions
Hum’N Go under Social Enterprise Cluster
Hum'N Go, Healthy Tasty on the Go
Lebanon Food and beverage, Food production, HR and recruit…
Bookagri : Ehjez Zerrai Lel Estisharat AlTasweeqie
Bookagri is new agritourism destination in 4 Governorates in Jordan
Jordan Agribusiness, E-commerce, Tourism
FabricAID
A new start for your old clothes
Lebanon Clothing and textiles, Fashion
Couss & Co edition
Publishing books and magazine of comics for children in Tunisia
Tunisia Educational products
Dibeen
Uber of farms and local produce
Jordan Agribusiness
Schaduf
Sustainable living solutions
Egypt Agritech
Ressourc’In
KOUN Brand - Waste upcycling as a solution for youth professional inclusion
Morocco Educational services, Environmental services, Wast…
Le Lemon Tour
visiter et se déplacer, à vélo
Tunisia Events, Personal transport, Tourism
Educall
Education4All, Education, EdTech, Blended Education
Morocco Education, Educational services
Evaptainers
Electricity free refregiration
Morocco Water storage
Bethlehem Star Charitable Society
Vocational, social, psychological and economic empowerment
Palestine, State of Utilities
Healthy Choice
Healthy delicious fast food
Jordan Food production
Ghoorcom
We're an online marketplace that connects farmers to retailers.
Jordan Crop farming
Recycling For Education
Recycling and Green economy, environmental awareness and training,
Jordan Animal farming, Environmental services, Waste mana…
KALYS
KALYS is an online shop selling decorative objects made by craftsmen
Tunisia E-commerce
BC Distribution
Promotion of tunisian agricole product
Tunisia Agribusiness
The Good Socks
Socks for Humanity
Jordan Clothing and textiles production, Fashion
Compost Baladi SAL
Converting any biowaste, anywhere into bioresources
Lebanon Environmental services
Live Love Recycle
Live Love Recycle is an instant mobile app solution that collects recy
Lebanon Waste management and recycling
Sciencia
Sciencia is the provider of Popular Sciences and Scientific Leisures
Tunisia Education, Educational products, Educational servi…
Annahda Women’s Association
Wooden toys workshop for persons with disabilities
Palestine, State of Business services
AKYAS
Sanitation, Public Health, Toilet, organic fertilizer
Jordan Agritech, Sanitation
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Turning Challenges into Economic opportunities
Egypt Consulting and business development, Information t…
SunCity
Small Solar Pumps for small farmers
Egypt Agribusiness, Clean technology and energy, Renewab…
Muffaker
Producing educational content for better educational opportunities
Palestine, State of Educational products, Educational services
VLaby
virtual lab platform
Egypt Educational products, Educational services, Inform…
Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society
Sustaining the Palestinian handicraft
Palestine, State of Business services
Safetrack
IoT Simplified
Morocco Agribusiness, Clean technology and energy, Interne…
Hydrobarley
Innovative Low cost production of Green Fodder through Hydroponics Sys
Morocco Agribusiness
IDYR
a sustainable lifestyle of fashion lovers
Morocco Fashion, Manufacturing, Waste management and recyc…