Eleven young U.S. government-exchange alumni entrepreneurs from Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany and Morocco participated in the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which took place on November 19-21, 2014 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
On Wednesday, November 12, the group participated in a videoconference to prepare the summit. Speakers included Todd Schwartz, Senior Advisor at the Department of State’s Bureau of Economics, and D.C. based entrepreneur Eric Wilson. Each participant had the opportunity to pitch their business projects and received detailed feedback from Eric Wilson.
On Wednesday, November 19, the eleven alumni participated in a convening of global youth entrepreneurs, a one day convening of 60-70 young global entrepreneurs, who have recently started new firms around the world. This event was organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, at Cadi Ayad University.
On Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, the eleven alumni participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. They had the privilege of meeting with Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. They also shared experiences with the Association of Moroccan Exchange Participants (AMAEP).
This Europe-North-African alumni program was supported by the U.S. Embassies in Algeria, Egypt, France, Germany and Morocco, in coordination with the associations France Fulbright Alumni and German Fulbright Alumni. This program was a follow-up to the Fulbright Entrepreneurship conference which took place in May 2014 in Berlin, organized by the two alumni associations with the support of the U.S. Embassies in Berlin and Paris and the Alumni Affairs Division of the Department of State.