Social Enterprise Support Programme
Current Social Enterprises
Demand for skilled human capital for programming and web development in Lebanon is strong and on the rise. Codi is a 6 months coding and leadership programme for underprivileged youth in Lebanon. It is the first programme to foster digital education for underprivileged youth in Lebanon. Codi's mission is to use coding & programming to enable inclusion and employment, and as a catalyst for social innovation and diversity.
Codi, based in Beirut, is a combination between a coding bootcamp and a leadership course. The school of programming is free for students and targets young individuals (17 years +) who have a passion and strong motivation for digital and want to build a career in technology but lack the financial means to pursue a traditional education.
Codi’s 4 key social missions:
- Decrease youth employment, esp. for exceptional talent with limited formal education
- Increase access to quality programming human capital to cater for the high local demand
- Decrease gender gap in technology through women’s empowerment
- Address the stigma and exclusion of refugees during crisis and turn it into an opportunity for growth for the economy
Codi Cycle 2 – Class Demographics
- 17 Students
- 75% male hence a quarter of women!
- 44% Lebanese / 38% Syrian / 13% Palestinian / 6% Other
- Youngest 17 / Oldest 41 / Median 23-24
- Prior to Codi:
- 75% were unemployed / looking for a job
- 25% were in part-time work
- Academics Background:
- 8 have a university degree
- 4 have a General Baccalaureate
- 2 completed High School (but no diploma)
- 3 went up to Brevet (completed)
SE Factory is an intensive 3-month coding bootcamp for low-income graduates in Lebanon. This programme aims to teach coding to underprivileged university graduates who lack the right technical and soft skills in demand in the job market. SE Factory's vision is to empower thousands of marginalized youth throughout Lebanon by 2021 through coding, eventually turning Lebanon into a hub for tech talent for local and international companies. SE Factory was recently recognized by the UK's ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, as being one of the leading new social enterprises in the country.
Over the past two years, SE Factory has been featured in Forbes, The Guardian, Tech Crunch, and MIT Tech Review.
SE Factory places their graduates in jobs (90% placement rate to date) with an average starting salary of $1,500. The programme costs $3k per student but they only pay $100 to attend the programme.
SE Factory’s social impact includes:
- Increasing socio-economic mobility in Lebanon
- Reversing brain drain
- Incentivizing foreign companies to hire in Lebanon
- Helping local companies grow
Zeina Saab, Co-Founder of SE Factory
We had the wonderful opportunity to present SE Factory at the LIFE Global Business Summit last December 2017. As a result of that event, LIFE became more involved in supporting us in a number of different ways, including actively introducing us to several LIFE members for networking, fundraising and mentorship. This support has been so valuable to us and LIFE continues to be involved even as we plan to expand beyond Beirut. We thank LIFE for guiding us and advising us throughout this period as we transition into a financially sustainable social enterprise!