Ralph Raad, CMO of DNY group, presents Bead, at the UK Lebanon Tech Hub. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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"I seem to have mislaid my speech, is there anyone in the tech hub who can help me with this?" What seemed like a genuine hiccup was revealed as a tech gimmick, as a small drone -- produced DNY group's Innovo- flew from the back of the audience with a package for British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher.The tech hub falls under the Central Bank's Circular 331 initiative to boost local startups.Some local startups have taken a more regional perspective while Lebanon gears up.ServMe strategy executive Sarah Hawilo believes "it would be more motivating for startups [if there were] more initiatives in the ecosystem". She cited Lebanon's notoriously poor Internet as a challenge, though the predictive dining software, which began its operations six months ago, manages to evade it with the better connection at its Beirut Digital District office. An outreach program will work with schools in Lebanon to identity curriculum gaps, while a communications and marketing arm will promote Lebanese entrepreneurs internationally.
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