Start-Up Nation Central hosts UM6P

Start-Up Nation Central and Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) have got together to promote greater partnership between the innovation ecosystems in both countries.

A delegation from UM6P has just visited Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit that promotes the Israeli innovation ecosystem around the world.

The delegation’s visit follows the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the two bodies signed in Casablanca in May during the “Connect to Innovate” conference.

During the three-day meeting, they discussed innovation ecosystem building, knowledge sharing and transfer between the university and industry, human capital challenges and business investment and connecting the start-up communities in each country.

“The business opportunities that exist between Israeli innovation and the business and academic ecosystem in Morocco are vast,” said HE Abderrahim Bayoudh, Head of Morocco’s Liaison Office in Tel Aviv. “We see the connection as a natural one, that must be developed for the benefit of developing the ties between the countries. Thanks to Start-Up Nation Central for the commitment to promoting these relationships.”

“Israel and Morocco are natural partners when it comes to building a MENA innovation ecosystem,” added Start-Up Nation Central CEO Avi Hasson. “This partnership and the MOU signed with UM6P, lay the groundwork for the dually beneficial venture for our joint economies. This week, we are welcoming our partners from UM6P to Israel for a series of workshops, and meetings to share journey challenges, a fresh perspective on ecosystem management, and in-person networking, geared at helping us reach our joint objective.”

“The partnership between UM6P and Startup Nation Central was established to help both organisations leverage innovation and education to address common challenges such as Climate Change, Food Security and Digital Inclusion. Bridging the Israeli Startup up Ecosystem with its counterparts in Morocco and Africa may unleash huge potential and benefit both regions. During the week, the Joint team will focus on discussing multiple topics related to Innovation Ecosystem development such as Technology Transfer and how to instil entrepreneurship skills and mindset amongst students and researchers,” commented Yassine Laghzioui, Director of Entrepreneurship and Venturing at UM6P.