Nine graduates of the second annual FCE-YEDI summer course pitched their business ideas to investors and the public this month – once again merging Ariel’s pioneering spirit with Israeli hi-tech know-how. All nine summer course graduates are current students at Ariel University.
The Venture Fair, held at the Ariel Young Adult Center, began with opening remarks from Master of Ceremonies, American Friends of Ariel’s Executive Director Avi Zimmerman; Chancellor of Ariel University, Dr. Yigal Cohen-Orgad; and Dr. Marat Ressin, President of YEDI. In the audience were members of the public; YEDI program advisors Dr. Oleg Amurjuev and Ric Phillips; and YEDI’s Director of Operations, Maria Konikov.
After intriguing student pitches (you can watch them here), the graduates received their certificates of completion – and had plenty of time to network with the public about their business ideas.
At the end of the program, YEDI course graduate Corinne Berger reflected on her experiences.
“I have never experienced such caring,” she stated. “It’s business and all, but at the end of the day they’re people and they really care about their students.”
She noted as well that the YEDI program advisors “were cheering us on as if we’re their children” during the student presentations – an especially touching fact given that most students, who had to present in English, are not native English-speakers.
“I would say [I gained] confidence and belief in myself,” she added.
The York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) is a Canada-based non-profit which provides top-tier business education and mentorship to innovative entrepreneurs from any sector or industry in order to build and accelerate successful businesses and efficient not-for-profit organizations. This is the second year of the partnership between our own Field Center for Entrepreneurship and the York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI), along with Ariel University.
To read more about the program and last year’s Venture Fair, click here.