Students from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (UAI) shone in the ‘Open Startup Maroc’ program, which aims to instill in students and recent graduates the skills and knowledge to start their own idea and business.
A ceremony of celebration of the best teams, chosen from among 94 participants, was organized on Monday, with the participation of the President of Al Akhawayn, Amine Bensaid, the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Morocco, David Greene, the president of Mohamed VI Polytechnic University, Hicham El Habti and the president of the NGO “Impact For Development” (IFD), Tarik Nesh-Nesh.
According to the UAI, 26 students from its School of Business Administration participated in this program. Six of them advanced to the semi-finals, five of the seven finalist teams each included a student member of Al Akhawayn, and each of the top three teams had an Al Akhawayn student.
“This performance illustrates the spirit of excellence, innovation and initiative-taking that reigns within the University community,” said the UAI in a press release.
The result of a tripartite partnership between Impact For Development, Al Akhawayn University, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Columbia University and OST International, Open Startup Maroc is a pre-incubation program following a support-based model. a network at national and international level, which allows the sharing of lessons, the advancement of knowledge, capacity building as well as international influence.
It is spread over four months and brings together teams of students with high potential from multidisciplinary and multi-regional Moroccan public and private institutions.
Last September, AUI and UM6P signed an agreement to this effect to strengthen their cooperation in education, e-learning, innovation, research and entrepreneurship.