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Propelling a connected innovation ecosystem
Our core activity pillars are interlinked, bringing together the ideas, knowledge, market insights and funding needed to generate and scale high potential, international ventures.
Startup support

Startup Support

We provide tailored support to early stage startups to help them quickly validate and build their ventures with a customer-centric and international focus.

Organizational Innovation

We help businesses, universities and government organizations create a culture of innovation, generate solutions to industry challenges and generate spinouts.

Early investment

Early Investment

We support startups with cash investments and co-investment, making that investment contingent on hitting key milestones in the early stage journey.

Our Programs
The Nucleus - Beirut
The Nucleus - Beirut
A seed program offering customised support paths to early stage startups, helping them quickly validate and build their ventures with a customer-centric and international focus.
Open to:
Entrepreneurs from idea stage all the way through to established businesses with less than $2m annual revenue.
Small to medium enterprises looking to redefine their business model and product
UK Lebanon Tech Hub
Go Global Middle East
A series of international startup support and accelerator programs run in collaboration with the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Support International Tech Hub network. Flagship program Go Global Middle East aims to give entrepreneurs from the region who have developed products that are ready to go to market and raised investments the tools they need to grow their business globally, build links with the UK’s thriving digital sector and pave the way for future economic partnerships.
Partnering with key ecosystem players
Startups
Startups
Startups

Accelerate your early stage journey with on-going support tailored to your unique startup needs and stage. Typically we focus on helping you build your business network, secure customer feedback and access funding.

Mentors
Mentors
Mentors

Share your expertise and become a trusted advisor to a startup setting out on their entrepreneurial journey. We’re constantly seeking mentors with a diverse range of knowledge and experience to mentor startups on a 1:1 basis.

Investors
Investors
Investors

Maximise your investment potential with access to a diversified portfolio of startups at various stages. We do the sourcing and vetting for you, giving you real-time insights to potential investment opportunities via our platform.

Organisations
Startup support
Organizations

Amplify innovation in-house, solve a specific business challenge, commercialise an idea or spin out a business. We partner with corporate, educational, government and state organizations to implement transformative innovation programs.

Our Flagship Program
Powering early stage progress and success
We’ve built the Nucleus specifically for early stage startups. A seed program offering customised support that addresses their unique needs, our focus is on facilitating early customer feedback, building a supportive community of business enablers and giving access to cash investment to hit the ground running.
The Nucleus Ventures
Program journey
Navigating the early stages of a startups journey is one of the biggest and most enduring challenges any founder will face. From developing their idea and getting it all the way to market, the path is full of obstacles at every turn. The Nucleus has been developed to simplify the early stage journey, keeping entrepreneurs focused on the right actions at the right time. Each startup on the program embarks on a unique, structured path tailored to their individual needs and progress to date.
After an initial assessment of the business or idea, your program will commence focusing on one of three key stages:
Ideation

Ideation

If you have an idea but have yet to act on it or you have started a business but have yet to validate your solution with the market, we’ll help you get your business off the ground and test your solution with prospective customers. Startups joining this stage of the program will benefit from:

  • Early market feedback gained from concept pitching to potential customers.
  • Bespoke incubation to support every aspect of getting their business off the ground.
  • Mentoring from experts matched to their unique needs, including a dedicated lead mentor
  • Early funding to develop their solution once market validation has been demonstrated (Selected companies only)

Execution

If you have already been able to demonstrate some degree of customer traction or product market fit, we’ll help you accelerate progress with structured coaching to develop your product and business overall and matchmaking with relevant industry partners and mentors. Startups joining this stage of the program will benefit from:

  • Mentoring from experts matched to their unique needs, including a dedicated lead mentor
  • Dealmaking support from a dedicated POC who will facilitate initial introductions to key industry, commercial, delivery and investment partners based on their needs
  • Rapid execution program comprising of intensive sprints, structured development focusing on all key aspects of getting their business adopted by early customers.
  • Early funding to develop their solution once market validation has been demonstrated (Selected companies only)
Seed investment

Seed investment

If your startup is already enjoying early market traction and generating some revenues, we’ll provide you with bespoke support to help you launch a full go to market strategy. Startups joining at this stage of the program will benefit from:

  • Mentoring from experts matched to their unique needs, including a dedicated lead mentor
  • Dealmaking support from a dedicated dealmaker who will facilitate business expansion with introductions to key industry, commercial, delivery and investment partners.
  • Seed investment and investment support offered to a limited number of startups on either a standalone or co-investment basis, in addition to investment sourcing.
Why you should apply to the Nucleus
Support that you need
Support that you need
No two startups are the same and one size definitely does not fit all when it comes to startup support. Every startup on our program receives a tailored action plan at the outset based on their unique needs.
Market validation
Market validation
Until a startup has real feedback from prospective customers, it’s basically operating wearing a blindfold and hoping for the best. We help to secure this critical validation early on to ensure the right focus from the get go.
Building for beyond
Building for beyond
Long-term, sustainable success requires startups to think beyond immediate markets. Our founders build for scale from the start with access to a global community of advisors, investors and customers.
The network effect
The network effect
No founder can go it alone. Access to knowledge, customers, investors advice and some good old moral support are essential. Enjoy access to a ready network of support, expertise and business prospects.
Milestone funding
Milestone funding
Raising capital is a challenging and time-consuming process, especially in the early days. We break down and offer funding in line with key early stage milestones to ensure progress doesn’t get halted at critical moments.
Staying on track
Staying on track
New founders are pulled in multiple directions with limited resources and time. Our platform sets clear tasks alongside a dedicated mentor to help them prioritise and keep focused on what matters the most.
Our Record
100+
Startups created or accelerated
$64M
Investment raised by portfolio companies
2000
Jobs created by portfolio companies
10%
At Series A
5%
At Series B
Our partners
UK Trade & Investment British Embassy Beirut LAU The World Bank Bossa Nova LEEP
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