What is this?

Re-Start-Up is a two-day marathon where entrepreneurs, who lost their business due to the conflict, will develop innovative business ideas that can contribute to recovering the economy in their communities.

The marathon will take place in Tripoli, starting on Wednesday, 21 October 2020, and ending on Thursday, 22 October 2020, and in Benghazi
starting on Monday 26 October 2020, and ending on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, when a panel will select ideas.

During Re-Start-up, participants will receive business development training to further improve their business ideas, enrich them and turn them into reality.

Selected ideas will be technically and financially supported during the business development process and the individual or teams’ authors of those ideas will also have the chance to receive a pre-incubation accelerator program to benefit from training and mentoring for three months.

What for?

Since the start of Libya’s transition to democratic rule in 2011, the country has continued to face a myriad of challenges, including high unemployment rates that have been compounded by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The economic crisis severely impacted the private sector, leading to uncertainty and closure of businesses.

Re-Start-Up seeks to address some of these challenges by boosting Libyan entrepreneurs’ capacity to rebuild their businesses and reunite their communities with an eye on gender mainstreaming, environment and peace.

Selected initiatives:

This event is open to all entrepreneurs operating in Southern Tripoli and Benghazi who went out of business due to the conflict and want to relaunch their businesses. UNDP received 250 application and selected 13 entrepreneurs to participate in the Marathon in Tripoli:

  1. Shatha Soulaiman ALwerfelli, E-shop for selling recycling clothes
  2. Dhia Aldin Tawfik, Food business for weddings and ceremonies
  3. Nairouz Farid, Pastry shop
  4. Akram Al Mabrouk, Food preparation and delivery service
  5. Mohamad Shaban M. Abodena, Pastry shop
  6. Mohamed Abdessalam Fathallah, Washing Car business
  7. Rami Al Gamoudi, Food Family business
  8. Ayman Salah Othman Alkilani, Alminum factory
  9. Zaidan Salih Ali Zaidan, Car Washing
  10. Salah Ramadhan, Small Farm for agriculture and animals breeding /Husbandry
  11. Aicha Abdelhamid Omar, Construction company
  12. Mouras Ahmad Ibrahim, Detergent Shop
  13.  Shouaib Emhamad Alshrif, Car Washing

In Benghazi, 16 entrepreneurs were selected and participated in the Marathon:

  1. Sara; Training center to teach men and women how to make desserts
  2. Huda Ibrahim kuwiri; Medical apparel workshop and medical equipment and devices provider
  3. Munther Ali Mohammed Salem; Cotton Candy/7D cinema
  4. Huda Hamed AbdulSamad; Economic residential complex that highlights the Libyan identity
  5. Nada Albargathi; Ladies cafe and restaurant
  6. Osama Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed; Mobile fast food/breakfast Carts
  7. Mohammed Taher Mohammed; Barber shop
  8. Bushra Abdullah Al Tajouri; Home Nursing
  9. Ali Abdulmaula Hussein Eqliwan; E-commerce app for clothes
  10. Naeema Mayloud Al Hasi; Pastry, desserts and Libyan cuisine shop
  11. Abdullah Khalifa Oweidan; General contracting and building company
  12. Muath Al Hamri ; Publishing house
  13. Rafeea Faraj Al Bernawi; Ladies Beauty salon
  14. Alaa Al Baba; Shipping and courier delivery company
  15. Ameer Al Briki; E-commerce app for clothes
  16. Gufran Ali El Mouadab; Electronic Archiving system

Ground Rules

Selection criteria

At the end of the marathon, each individual or group will present their business ideas. The panel will select winners following the below criteria:

TOTAL: 100 points.

  • Implementation (30 points) – The proposed ideas address the challenges and are realistically designed to be implemented by the end of February 2021.
  • Job creation (30 points) – The proposed ideas are designed to create jobs and develop livelihoods opportunities.    
  • Sustainability (20 points) – The business ideas are sustainable and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Innovative (20 points) - The business ideas justify the value of an intervention and its cost.

Business Plan Evaluation

A new panel will evaluate the business plans and decide the grant size for each idea following the below criteria:

  • An emphasis on social advancement, innovative ideas, positive impact on social cohesion, environmental/energy-efficient solution, or catalytic impact on other recovery and peace-making initiatives;
  • The plan is inclusive and targets vulnerable people and low-income communities; cooperative ownership is encouraged;
  • A focus on creating job opportunities for the most vulnerable people, such as IDPs, returnees, conflict-affected people, women, youth, refugees and migrants;
  • Contributes to sustainable economic recovery within the community and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The maximum amount per grant shall not exceed US$40,000.

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