What is this?

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

The first marathons took place in Tripoli (21 October 2020 to 22 October 2020), and in Benghazi (Monday 26 October 2020, and ending on Tuesday, 27 October 2020).

Now Re-Start-Up is reaching the South of Libya and will take place in Sabha, funded by the European Union, starting on Tuesday, 24 November, and ending on Wednesday evening, 25 November 2020, when developed business models will be pitched before a panel. Also, in Tawergha on the 23 and 24 November funded by the Government of Japan. Around 10 innovative business ideas will be selected in both locations.

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.

Who can participate?

This event is open to all entrepreneurs who want to rebuild their business in Sabha and Tawergha. The candidates must have had business before, but due to the conflict, they could not continue their business.

How to participate?

Please fill the form below.

Fill out my online form.

Ground Rules

Selection criteria (1st stage)

With the answers that provided in the form above, UNDP panellists will select 15 business ideas to participate in the Re-Start-Up Week following the below criteria:

TOTAL: 100 points.

  1. Occupation: up to 20 points.
  2. People targeted in your previous business: up to 20 points.
  3. Motivation to participate on Re-Start-Up: up to 15 points.
  4. Business idea proposed: up to 20 points.
  5. People targeted for the new business idea: up to 5 points.
  6. Number of people targeted for the idea: up to 10 points.
  7. Time frame to create the business: up to 10 points.

Selection panel

  • Business development coach
  • Ms. Nora Ellafi, Project Coordinator, SLCRR project
  • Ms. Soumaya Salem, Project Assistant, START project
  • Ms. Yuka Heya, Project Manager, START project

The selected participants can register as individuals or teams (max.3 people).

Selection criteria (2nd stage)

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 March 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.

Selected initiatives in Benghazi and Tripoli

UNDP received 250 applications from Tripoli and Benghazi and selected 13 entrepreneurs to participate in the Marathon in Tripoli and 16 in Benghazi. The winners of the grants in Tripoli are:



Business ideas


Shatha Soulaiman ALwerfelli

An app to sell used clothes and engage vulnerable women to sell and buy their clothes


Dhia Aldin Tawfik

Cooking facility and catering for events


Nairouz Farid

Pastry business


Akram AL Mabrouk

Food preparation and delivery service 


Mohamad Shaban M. Abodena

Pastry shop


Mohamed Abdessalam Fathallah

Portable car wash system


Aicha Abdelhamid Omar

Construction company


Mouras Ahmad Ibrahim

Cleaning products store and workshop


Shouaib Emhamad Alshrif

General mechanics workshop


Rami Al Gamoudi

Grocery market


Ayman Salah Othman Alkilani

General tuning and wielding workshop


Zaidan Salih Ali Zaidan

Car wash workshop


Salah Ramadhan

Farm for agriculture and animal breeding

In Benghazi, 12 entrepreneurs were selected to receive the grants: 




Business ideas


Huda Ibrahim kuwiri

Tailor's workshop


Nada Albargathi

Women's café in the rooftop to provide women's social space and psychosocial support


Osama Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed

 A restaurent with an online delivery system using bikes


Mohammed Taher Mohammed

A Barbershop


Bushra Abdullah Al Tajouri

Home-nursing project to visit the old people and people with disabilities, pregnant ladies who are unable to move to the hospitals


Ali Abdulmaula Hussein Eqliwan

Atelier and carpentry workshop


Naeema Mayloud Al Hasi

Pastry workshop


Muath Al Hamri

Publishing house and print books and provide writing training to youth


Rafeea Faraj Al Bernawi

A welfare center to provide hair cut, health care, social activities to women, and establish a children's space


Alaa Al Baba

Shipping and courier delivery company


Ameer Al Briki

E-commerce app for selling clothes and provide training to vulnerable women to make clothes


Gufran Ali El Mouadab

Electronic archiving system to promote this system to reduce paper consumption
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