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The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

project locations
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Michigan
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

WDI’s M²GATE program connects students across cultures to develop social entrepreneurship projects using virtual resources.

Undergraduate students from Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia will team up with peers from the University of Michigan to practice cross-cultural learning and action. Through custom e-learning modules, teams will learn how to identify social challenges and create and present entrepreneurial solutions. Each cohort will culminate in a virtual competition, with the winning teams convening in Michigan to interact with local entrepreneurs and pitch their projects for feedback and further development.

  • Number of Student Participants: 576
  • Participant Age Group: University/Young Adult
  • Partners in the United States: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Partners in the Middle East and North Africa: Al Akhawayn University, Benghazi Youth for Technology and Entrepreneurship (BYTE), Cairo University- FEPS Business Incubator, Tunis Business School at Tunis University
  • Project Duration: 17 Months (August 2017 – December 2018)

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