Students, Start-ups and Virtual Mentoring: How UIF is Shaping Innovation in the Middle East
Alice Bosley, a Philadelphia native, founded Five One Labs to help refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East. These entrepreneurs are paired with mentors in the Middle East and United States for guidance and support. Now, Bosley is collaborating with UIF to provide student interns with diverse hands-on experience working with businesses in Northern Iraq.
The Entrepreneur Mentoring Program recruits student interns from top-tier universities and matches them with startup companies in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Since 2014, more than 60 interns supported nearly 50 start-ups through research, business plan development, fundraising, social media, website design, and more. Director of UIF’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, Ben Pietrzyk says their interns helped raise more than $3-million for start-ups while creating 75 full-time, part-time, and contract jobs.