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Pitch Perfect: Five Tips for Designing Effective Business Pitch Competitions for International Entrepreneurs

Pitch Perfect: Five Tips for Designing Effective Business Pitch Competitions for International Entrepreneurs

From Consortium Partner The William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan

Pitch competitions can be an invaluable component of entrepreneurship development programs. Preparing for a final pitch competition can keep participants motivated throughout the program as they work towards presenting their businesses to an engaged audience. While pitch competitions offer a clear benefit to winners — such as cash prizes, investments and consultancy services — benefits also accrue to those not selected for an award.

A Recipe for Understanding: How Food Entrepreneurship and Gastrodiplomacy are Bringing Syrian Refugees and Turks Closer

A Recipe for Understanding: How Food Entrepreneurship and Gastrodiplomacy are Bringing Syrian Refugees and Turks Closer

From Consortium Partner The William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan

In Istanbul, Mohamad Bakkar, a Syrian refugee and now food entrepreneur, (pictured right) produces his own special Syrian cheeses and yogurt. About three and a half years ago, Bakkar fled the civil war in Syria, where he was an electrical engineer. As a refugee in a new place, life was not easy. To improve his family’s situation, Bakkar opened his own food business in Istanbul. 

WDI Partnering to Lift Refugees Through Food Entrepreneurship

WDI Partnering to Lift Refugees Through Food Entrepreneurship

From Consortium Partner The William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan

Two WDI representatives traveled to Turkey earlier this month as part of the Institute’s work on a project, led by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), that aims to develop sustainable livelihoods in the food sector for Syrian refugees and their host communities.