These were some amazing startup ideas! I’m left with the continued hope produced by integrated innovation from across communitiesJennifer Atala, CEO Atala Consulting, Judge at the 2018 Series A event
For me, MEET is about bringing your ideal world into the real worldWissam Jarjoui, MEET alumnus
Through doing, through initiation – this is how we can create a real change. We should not just sit and talk. We should do.Yohanan Hruschev, MEET alumnus
The (2014) summer provided a demonstration of MEET’s power and importance. Despite the trauma of an ongoing war, 175 Palestinian and Israeli students showed up for a modified MEET program guided by MIT instructors. I saw this as a remarkable demonstration of not only the resilience of MEET, but also of the depth of commitment it produces in Israelis and Palestinians to find a constructive way forward.MIT Professor Daniel Jackson
meet our impact
Since 2004, MEET alumni have taken steps as young leaders in their personal and professional lives. Alumni have launched 15 ventures that address real-world problems, in both uni-national and bi-national teams (see more in “MEET our projects”). They have scaled up volunteer efforts by applying their technology and entrepreneurial skills to local charities. Alumni have been accepted to high profile universities across the globe, from MIT (8 alumni accepted so far) to Cambridge (2 alumni) and Harvard (1 alumnus), as well as prestigious local universities such as Bethlehem (10 alumni) and Hebrew University (11 alumni).
Moreover, aside from entering prestigious universities, developing startups with a social/political impact, taking leadership positions in local charities and initiating community projects to improve Palestinian-Israeli relations, alumni have focused on giving back to MEET. From 2004 onward, 39 alumni have volunteered in the student program - both during the summer intensive and during the yearlong program, to help the next generation of Palestinian and Israeli leaders learn tools to take action towards positive change in our region.
Alumni are taking steps as leaders by initiating ventures with a positive impact, attending prestigious universities, and giving back to their communities and MEET.
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August, 2019 "These students aren’t just the future entrepreneurs of the Middle East – they’re the future leaders" Read>
August, 2019 MEET's students presented innovative bi-national startups at Dell Read>
July, 2019 "I never thought that I would work with Israelis" Read>
August, 2018 Navigating Cultures While Making a Difference Read>
July, 2018 How A Tech Entrepreneurship Education Can Give Us The Leaders We Need Read>
March, 2018 Palestinian And Israeli Teenagers MEET To Shape Their Future With Tech Read>
November, 2017 Bridging the Divide with Technology Read>
August, 2017 Can This MIT Student Entrepreneurship Program Bridge the Israeli-Palestinian Divide? Read>