WDI’s M²GATE program connects students across cultures to develop social entrepreneurship projects using virtual resources.
Undergraduate participants from Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia team up with peers from the University of Michigan to practice cross-cultural learning and action. Through custom e-learning modules, teams learn how to identify social challenges and create and present entrepreneurial solutions. Each cohort culminates in a virtual competition, with winning teams convening in Michigan to interact with local entrepreneurs and pitch their projects for feedback and further development.
- Number of Participants: 576
- Participant Age Group: Undergraduate/Young Adult
- Partners in the United States: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Flint, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University
- Partners in the Middle East and North Africa: Al Akhawayn University, Benghazi Youth for Technology and Entrepreneurship (BYTE), Tunis Business School at the University of Tunis
- Project Duration: 17 Months (August 2017 – December 2018)