The execution phase of MEPI-TLP began with students completing internships with industry partners such as Beirut Digital District (BDD) and the Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park ecosystems. Our TLP Create-X students also attended a two-week boot camp at BDD to instill confidence and promote innovation.
The boot camp enabled students to physically interact with one another and with guest speakers to gain greater insight into the workplaces they will join after finishing their studies. The participants toured BDD and AUB's innovation park ecosystems and learned about entrepreneurship space and met with more startup entrepreneurs. “The experience was very interactive and eye-opening for our students," said Dr. Mona Itani.
In addition to the tours, students participated in multiple sessions in which they learned about the skills they need to become entrepreneurs and took part in design thinking workshops that helped them better grasp the marketing perspectives entrepreneurs use in their careers. Students also engaged in a panel with representatives from industry partners where they discussed different topics including intellectual property, investments, shareholder agreements, and many other relevant themes related to entrepreneurship.