The Generation of Innovation Leaders (GIL – جيل) is a program powered by UNICEF Lebanon and designed to address the high unemployment rates among youth all over Lebanon & their lack of access to the knowledge economy.

This program aims to provide increased income generation opportunities for youth through the development of Entrepreneurship and digital skills. It also focuses on providing opportunities and support for youth looking to start, manage, and grow a small business.

GIL innovation labs are created in partnership with local stakeholders and operate nationwide. The GIL labs serve as co-working spaces and hubs for youth from different backgrounds to network with like-minded people, to connect with experienced mentors, and to participate in trainings and workshops that will develop their entrepreneurial and digital skills. GIL is powered by UNICEF Lebanon and funded thanks to the Kingdom of Netherlands.

INJAZ Lebanon is delivering the GIL Entrepreneurship track for 2023 in the North of Lebanon.

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Participating with GIL will open new learning doors for you and offer you different opportunities! You will get the chance to learn about different topics and skills such as:

  • Creative Thinking

    Solve the challenges you will face in your personal or professional life in an innovative way.

  • Communication

    Express and communicate your ideas in a way that's accurate, clear, and attractive.

  • Business & Finance

    Learn how to turn any idea into a reality by planning and calculating correctly.

  • Entrepreneurship

    If your idea gets selected to the final stage, you will benefit from the proper incubation and support to help you launch your project.

  • Networking

    Meet new friends and other youth who have the same mindset as yours and benefit from our pool of trainers and mentors who can be your ultimate support.

  • Career Success

    Acquire an entrepreneurial mindset and learn the skills that will also help you to succeed in your job.


  • Total Youths: 1219
    Female: 67%, Male: 33%
  • Areas: North Lebanon + Bekaa
  • Youths incubated: 102

GIL Entrepreneurship Stages

It’s GIL All the Way! Do you dream about launching your own micro-enterprise? Do you want to learn how to create a business & financial plan? Then this track is for you - whether you already have a business idea or not! Check out below the three stages available within this track:

Design Thinking

Duration: 5 days

  • Acquire skills in innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Develop project ideas as solutions to problems around you.
  • Practice pitching and public presentation.
  • Learn marketing and communications skills.
  • Obtain an opportunity to participate in several local, regional and international competitions.

Business Development

Duration: 5 days

  • Get trained on business planning & development.
  • Develop your business plan and financial forecasts.
  • Expand your network of coaches and specialists who will provide you with technical support.

Incubation & Seed Funding

Duration: 60 to 90 days

  • The most viable project ideas will be selected to advance to the incubation phase.
  • Benefit from weekly sessions of coaching and mentorship support.
  • Receive a possible seed funding to start your project.

* Moving from a phase to another will depend on the jury’s scoring upon pitching your project idea.

GIL Stories

  • Questa: Google, but Make It Academic

    Aug 9, 2023

    Ever found yourself stuck on some stubborn homework that no matter how much you tried, you just couldn’t solve? Or maybe some absurd lesson that you couldn’t wrap your head around? Worry not, Questa is here to save the day, and your grades!

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  • Dhur Mash: An Escape from the Hustle and Bustle of City Life

    Aug 9, 2023

    City life can get really stressful, squeezing through the tight work schedules, heavy traffic, and dead concrete buildings. We all need that once in a while retreat in the heart of greenery. Contact Hiba from Dhur Mash; she’s got just what you need.

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  • TAMAS: Changing Lives One Juvenile at a Time

    Aug 9, 2023

    Juveniles in Lebanon often suffer social discrimination and banishment from society upon their release, leading them to live as outcasts and often falling into the trap of recidivism. However, TAMAS gears up to reintegrate juveniles into society.

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  • JIWAR: The Uncensored Initiative Breaking Taboos

    Aug 7, 2023

    Sexual education is a topic often misunderstood and disregarded by the Lebanese society. Many a time one is unable to ask basic questions about one’s sexuality and is overcome by shame. Luckily, JIWAR is here to educate the crowd!

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