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. The internships were accompanied by a two-week bootcamp at BDD to instill confidence and promote innovation for our TLP Create-X students.
The bootcamp was held at BDD, the hub of startups and digital technology, where students were able to physically interact with one another and with guest speakers to gain great insight of the workplace they will face after finishing their studies. The participants were also taken on a tour of BDD and AUB's innovation park ecosystems, where they 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 multip[le 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. Also, students were engaged in a panel with representatives from industry, in addition to topics such as intellectual property, investments, shareholder agreements and many other relevant themes related to entrpreneurship.