AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute

The AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) seeks to advance entrepreneurship as a way of stimulating job creation and economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa. Located in Beirut, the AEI offers training and other support to new and aspiring entrepreneurs as they seek to launch and grow their business ventures. AEI's mission is to train, support, and help entrepreneurs network and build relevant business contacts.


Since the launch of the Institute in 2010, AMIDEAST/Lebanon has trained over 400 aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals on how to start a business, grow a business, develop a sales team, and spur business growth using ICT.


The AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute offers a range of programs and services:

  • Entrepreneurship training delivered by successful Lebanese entrepreneurs and other professional trainings
  • Advice from guest speakers and business advisors who are regional and local entrepreneurs or experts
  • An online platform complementing all workshops offered by AEI
  • A network of other entrepreneurs, business leaders and experts motivated to help you succeed
  • A legal clinic - the first of its kind in Lebanon - providing guidance on legal obstacles frequently encountered in the startup phase
  • Ongoing individual support, coaching, and mentoring
  • Networking events
  • A central source to keep you informed about all entrepreneurship activities and support in Lebanon
  • Power session trainings on topics you request


For more information about our upcoming workshops and programs, please check the links below:

Support for Entrepreneurship-related Programs

The AEI offers support to programs that involve entrepreneurship training in Lebanon as well as elsewhere in the MENA region. Past programs include the Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project, a partnership with Citi Foundation that advanced the entrepreneurial dreams of nearly 300 underserved women in eight countries — Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and the UAE — between 2011 and 2015.


For more information, please contact us at +961-1-989901 ext. 236 or at