The Knowledge and Innovation Center (KIC) is an offshoot of TSEZ and is affiliated with RKIF (the owner of its site). KIC aspires to establish a wide array of affiliations with Local Universities, incubators, accelerators as well as private and public organizations.
As such, KIC is intended to become an inclusive platform for collaboration based on innovative ideas, diverse population, dynamic interaction, progressive services, high-end infrastructure, lifestyle amenities, wide-ranging funding facilities, and transparent governance structure.
It is envisioned that KIC will attract a variety of enterprises, including ICT, academic training services, creative industries and value-added services, startups, SMEs (tech-based and service-based), foreign and established anchor tenants, service providers (educational and entrepreneurial support), incubator and accelerator operators, advisory services, university partners, investment tech funds, and individuals (young grads, researchers, innovators, etc.). These enterprises will benefit from the fast internet connection provided by the IMEWE submarine fiber optics cable linking Europe to the Middle East and West India, and a landing node in Tripoli.
The project will be developed in partnership with the private sector and rented as office space (flex-desk, serviced-offices or core and shell) to local and regional service companies, which will benefit from the TSEZ’s incentives, streamlined procedure and supporting business environment.
Develop an urban environment for young grads, entrepreneurs and companies to collaborate and innovate
Support urban regeneration and growth in surrounding areas
Help Re-brand the city
Create SmartCity initiative
Provide Incubation & Mentoring
Offer Acceleration & Counseling, scaling up
Help create industry clustering
Collaborate with R&D Fund
Mobilize Seed and VC investment
Provide demand-driven rapid technical skills training
Help forge university-industry partnerships
Bring together young grads – mentors – trainers
Enable Startup/SME industry-bridging
Facilitate Product-market matching
Forge local and regional agreements
Arrange for trade shows
Developer/Operator will be responsible for the development of the site and operation of the project; including leasing, hosting of the incubator and accelerator, training academy, advisory services, and management functions.
The site proposed to initially host the KIC project includes two existing structures:
Currently, an architectural design project competition for the site is being prepared. The competition will be managed by the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects, endorsed by the Union of International Architects (UIA), and supported by Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR).
The international competition will be open to international and local architecture firms to participate in this project competition for the urban and architectural design of “Knowledge and Innovation Center”.
The following table shows the competition’s timetable and main deadlines.
Mon 18 February 2019
Mon 18 March 2019
Mon 15 April 2019
Deadline for Answers
Thu 18 April 2019
Final Submission Deadline
Mon 17 June 2019
Thu – Fri 27-28 June 2019
Announcement of Winners
Fri 28 June 2019
Fri 5 July 2019
Fri – Sun 5 – 7 July 2019
in an International Open Architectural Design Project Competition
TSEZ intends to organize a competition for the design of the “Knowledge and Innovation Center”, a business and innovation park in Tripoli, Lebanon.
This international architectural design project competition is managed by the Lebanese Federation of Engineers and Architects and endorsed by the Union of International Architects and supported by Union of Mediterranean Architects (UMAR).
This “Call for Participation” is issued as an open invitation to international and local Architecture & Urban Design firms, to participate in this competition; which will be conducted according to the rules and regulations of the UNECO and the UIA.
This competition is to provide an urban and architectural concept for the “Knowledge and Innovation Center” including:
i. Master Plan for approximately 60,000 sq. m. of Built Up Area (BUA), including:
a. Phase-1: BUA of approx. 30,000 sqm
b. Phase-2: BUA of approx. 30,000 sqm
ii. Architectural design for Phase-1 only (for approx. 30,000 sq. m.)
— Starting on February 18, 2019