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€80 million BDL-subsidized energy loans at zero interest. Financing scheme by EIB and AFD through local banks

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) will provide a financing facility of €80 million ($95.8 million) through local banks to finance energy projects.

The interest rate paid by the borrowers wil….
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Saradar Bank buys half of Vitas microfinance company. Saradar aims to gain a foothold in the microfinance market

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Saradar Bank said it has acquired a 49 percent stake in microfinance company Vitas SAL, a local subsidiary of the US-based Vitas Group. The transaction was valued at around $3.7 million according to a source linked to the transaction. Both Saradar a….
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EIB offers $303 million in credit lines to four banks. Funds target SMEs and mid-cap companies

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted credit lines to four local banks with a combined value of 265 million euros ($303 million). The funds will be used to finance small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-cap companies.

The benefi….
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$3.2 million for UK-Lebanon Tech Hub. Fund provided by BDL

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Nicolas Sehnaoui, Chairman of the UKLTH, announced a fund of $3.5 million as an investment for the UK-Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH). The fund is being provided by the Central Bank (BDL). The amount matches the $2.5 million investment provided by the Brit….
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Scale-up program to launch at UKLTH. Venture building accelerator program launched, Beirut Innovation Week confirmed

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The UK Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH) will launch a scale-up program in September. The program will follow on from the venture accelerator program, The Nucleus, which was launched last week. Dimitri Papadimitriou, Acting Director of UKLTH, said the scale….
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Local fintech startups among top four countries regionally. Emerging sector showing positive signs

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Lebanon is one of four countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that when combined account for almost 75 percent of all fintech startups launched in 12 countries regionally, according to the recently published report: State of Fintech, b….
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Lebanon Seed Fund launched by Flat6labs. Investments range $30,000 to $500,000 each

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Flat6Labs Beirut announced the launch of Lebanon Seed Fund (LSF), a $20 million early stage fund aimed at supporting 100 local startups over the next five years.

Startups taking part in the seed stage program will receive $30,000-$50,000 in ….
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Berytech Fund I exits three companies for $800,000. PayPlug, Active Identity, and Cook & Eat Lebanese

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Berytech Fund I has exited three of its portfolio companies, PayPlug, Active Identity, and Cook & Eat Lebanese, at a combined price of nearly $800,000.

The venture capital fund said it divested itself from PayPlug at three times the initial i….
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Kafalat iSME invests $600,000 in Falafel Games. Amount forms part of a $2.6 million equity funding

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Kafalat iSME Programme has contributed $600,000 of equity into Falafel Games, a developer of game applications.

The investment is part of a $2.6 million equity funding recently raised by Falafel Games to finance the creation of new games and ….
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