The event was held at the marvelous offices of our sponsor, Pillsbury law firm in San Francisco, overlooking the Golden Gate bridge.  

After a brief presentation by LebNet president,George Akiki, of LebNet's 3 year strategic plan,  our guest speaker Habib Kairouz, member of the Steering Committee of Lebanon for Entrepreneurs (LFE), Board member of LIFE, and Managing Partner of Rho Ventures told the audience about the ins and outs of the Banque du Liban (BDL) BDL circular #331 . More particularly, he showed how the ecosystem stakeholders were able to influence BDL to expand the implementation of this circular to Lebanese entrepreneurs abroad. Habib guided us through the history of this important official text, from birth until today, highlighting the efforts deployed to align Lebanon with the other countries in the region, in terms of start up funding.

Elie Habib, Co- Founder and Board member of LebNet, and Venture Partner at MEVP, explained the Circular 331 mechanisms, challenges and opportunities. Through concrete examples, Elie explained to the audience how they could and should benefit from this window of opportunity, right now.

More than 40 people attended the event, from diverse backgrounds, students, seasoned C level professionals, and young entrepreneurs. More than 10 potential candidates to benefit from 331, were present either from the US or from Lebanon, among which, Hassane Slaibi, founder of Roadie tuner, a LebNet mentored company. Hassane showed the audience the magic of his Roadie tuner on his guitar, much to their amazement. The attendance listened eagerly to Hassane 's inspirational story.More here.

This crowd of like-minded participants enjoyed networking, while preparing for their next big step in entrepreneurship!

All in all it was a very informative, engaging and energizing event.

Thank you all for coming!

Enjoy the pictures from the event, below. Access the presentations here and marketing documentation here.

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