About QOOT

QOOT is Lebanon's leading agrifood cluster, catalyzing sustainable growth, enhancing capabilities and competitiveness, and opening world markets to Lebanese agrifood businesses.

Our core objective is to bring Lebanese agrifood industries on par with the most innovative economies in the world, thus making Lebanon’s flag fly higher on the world food innovation and trade map.

Sustainable Growth

Enhanced Competitiveness

Internationalization & Visibility

Championed by Berytech and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and supported by FoodValley NL, QOOT is built on a solid foundation of entrepreneurship and extensive experience in food innovation and cluster management. We are driven by a resolve to strengthen every aspect of Lebanon’s agrifood sector and help it attain both regional and international acclaim.

Our member businesses share our vision of collaborative and sustainable innovation. Ranging in scale from SMEs to large enterprises and export houses, they span the full extent of Lebanon’s agricultural value chain. As part of this agrifood innovation cluster, they enjoy direct access to expertise, skilled workers, input suppliers, information channels, and linkages to new markets.

To fulfill our role as facilitator of agricultural innovation, we undertake a wide range of activities at the local, regional and international levels. Besides strengthening technical prowess and nurturing a culture of collaboration and mutual exchange within the Lebanese agrifood sector, we are constantly at work to bring international opportunities to the innovative enterprises that are part of our cluster.

The Founders

QOOT Cluster was initiated in 2019 by Berytech the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lebanon and initially supported by FoodValley NL. 

 

Implementing partners

Ecosystem Navigators is an implementing partner supporting QOOT in its growth since 2020.

 

Partners

As part of its mission to facilitate partnerships between agrifood businesses and different governmental and non-governmental organizations with similar objectives and missions, QOOT Cluster partnered with several organizations to strengthen synergies for a greater impact in the Lebanese agrifood sector, aiming to deliver more efficient services in the sector.

Academic Partners

As part of its mission to bring together MSMEs, multinational companies, knowledge providers, support institutions, and investment entities to collaboratively catalyze and innovate in the agrifood sector in Lebanon, QOOT Cluster signed Memoranda of Understanding with 4 different universities: American University of Beirut – Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Balamand, American University of Science and Technology, and University Saint Joseph – ESIAM

Certifications & Memberships

QOOT is a registered member of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and has received the European Cluster Excellence Label in Bronze from the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis. QOOT benefits from THE NEXT SOCIETY – Cluster Booster Track, a peer-to-peer learning and booster program.

Meet the Board

Paul Eid

Treasurer · Co-Founder and CFO of 209 Lebanese Wine

Meet the Team