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The MEPI-TLP team of FAFS’ professor and Agri Department Chairperson Isam Bashour Wins the 1st Prize of the Darwazah Competition

Under the theme of “Think Global Build Local," the Cedar's Chemicals team consisting of Professor Isam Bashour (Professor and Chairperson of the Agriculture Department at FAFS), Leia Bassam and Jad Slim ,two Chemical Engineering students, participated in the Darwazah Startup Accelerate 2021 competition that took place in December 2021. 

Cedar's Chemicals is a startup to produce solid and liquid fertilizers using 70% local raw materials. Jad and Leia are two chemical engineering students with a strong background in chemistry, engineering optimization, and product design, whereas Dr. Isam Bashour is a Professor of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and has more than thirty years of experience in the fertilizer industry. The research and industrial experience of Dr. Bashour was an asset to the team from the start. Hand-in-hand, the team was able to develop the formula to produce solid and liquid Urea Phosphate, which will revolutionize the Lebanese fertilizer industry. The team joined several boot camps, received pitch training, and pitched for the first time in front of the jury on November 23, 2021.

The team competed against 7 teams and won first prize ($10,000) on the Demo Day that took place on December 3, 2021.

​To read more about the winners of the 2021 Darwazah Startup Accelerate Demo Day 2021. Please click  here.


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