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Located at the University of Michigan, we are an independent, non-profit research and educational organization guided by our founding principle that thriving businesses drive economic development and improve social welfare in low- and middle-income countries.

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With deep expertise across multiple industry sectors and disciplines, we partner with profit-seeking firms and nonprofits to develop and apply proven business practices.

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Harnessing the latest innovations in education, we provide world-class management training opportunities for the global leaders of today and tomorrow.

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Helping Refugees to Become Food Entrepreneurs

In July 2019, WDI’s Amy Gillett and Kristin Babbie Kelterborn traveled to Turkey as part of the Institute’s work on the LIFE Project. The pair led workshops on entrepreneurship curriculum development, took part in a business pitch competition and met with program graduates. Using some of the photos they took while in Turkey, Gillett talked about the work they did and the food entrepreneurs they met.

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