MENA-Michigan Initiative for Global Action Through Entrepreneurship (M2GATE)
From 2017-2019, the MENA-Michigan Initiative for Global Action Through Entrepreneurship (M²GATE) program brought together more than 400 students from five Michigan university campuses and their peers in Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Harnessing the power of virtual exchange, students worked in teams to find entrepreneurial solutions to social challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while learning new skills, building cross-cultural experiences and forging new relationships. Students developed their business concepts over an eight-week period and judges determined the winning team from each of the three cohorts. Three winning teams then participated in a pitch competition at the University of Michigan. The program was funded by the Stevens Initiative.