M²GATE (Egypt, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia)
The MENA-Michigan Initiative for Global Action through Entrepreneurship (M²GATE) program is a virtual exchange program pairs undergraduates from three Michigan universities with their peers from the Middle East and North Africa to work together in finding entrepreneurial solutions to social problems in the region. WDI will complete all three cohorts by the end of July 2018, serving over 500 students.
The response has been very positive, with students praising the program for helping them work with people in different cultures and exposing them to new concepts in design thinking, entrepreneurship, leadership and virtual collaboration. The program will culminate in a visit by the winning teams to Ann Arbor to participate in a week of entrepreneurial activities, including a business pitch competition, in November 2018. M²GATE is supported by a grant from the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative.