Cisco Entrepreneur Institute at AMIDEAST/Lebanon


The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute is a global initiative by Cisco® and supports entrepreneurs worldwide by working with local governments and business organizations to foster the creation and success of small- and medium-sized businesses. The Institute provides practical business insights for entrepreneurs, facilitates knowledge sharing with local business leaders, and shows participants how to take advantage of technology to speed business growth.

The Institute offers state-of-the-art training, networking, and business resources, and was created to help entrepreneurs improve their skills and enhance business development opportunities. It also provides a forum for owners of small and medium-sized businesses to collaborate and share business expertise.

With workshop content developed by Cisco, Cornell University, Stanford University, and My Own Business, Inc. and tailored for Lebanon by local business leaders, the Institute offers an innovative platform with unique resources for those who want to start or expand their businesses.

The following core- and supplemental workshops are available:

  • Starting a Business click here to see the brochure
  • Sales Team Development Workshop click here to see the brochure
  • Growing a Business click here to see the brochure
  • iExec Enterprise Essentials click here to see the brochure
  • iExec Public Sector Essentials click here to see the brochure
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset click here to see the brochure
  • Career Essentials click here to see the brochure
  • Computer Literacy click here to see the brochure
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Institute workshops are delivered by successful Lebanese entrepreneurs and include multiple presentations by guest speakers and workshop advisors who are regional and local entrepreneurs or experts on specific workshop topics. Workshops range from 20-70 hours of skills training and are delivered in a blended learning approach consisting of in-class facilitated sessions and web-delivered materials.

In addition to the workshops, the Institute offers: 

  • Networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs, subject-matter experts, investors, and funding organizations
  • Mentorship programs
  • Ongoing individual support
  • Monthly PowerSessions -- short-burst in-depth training sessions

Participants in each workshop will receive a Cisco Entrepreneur Institute certificate.

Participants will benefit from workshop specific materials, as well as ongoing access to Cisco Entrepreneur Institute resources, including:

Cisco eTube
Hundreds of helpful business videos, case studies, best practices, and more, including video clips of successful Lebanese entrepreneurs.



Starting a Business Workshop – Schedule and Fee

September 18 - December 18, 2013 
Facilitator: Jade W. Dagher
Schedule: Every Wednesday from 6:00 till 9:00 pm
Fees: $600 (scholarship funding is available)
Click here to learn more about this workshop.

Sales Skills Workshop – Schedule and Fee

September 5, 12, 19, 26 - Registration deadline is August 23
Facilitator: Jade Dagher
Schedule: Every Thursday from 6:00 till 9:00 pm
Fees: $333
Click here to learn more about this workshop.


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The Cisco Entrepreneur workshops were developed by Cisco in cooperation with Standford University, Cornell University, and MyOwnBussiness, Inc.