Michigan Israel Business Bridge partners with school for entrepreneurship and joint venture webinar

A panel of leaders from Michigan Israel Business Bridge (MIBB) made a webinar presentation to students taking an e-commerce course at Wayne State University's School of Business Administration on Wednesday, March 30.

Presenters emphasized issues of entrepreneurship in Michigan and Israel, and how MIBB promotes joint ventures in the two countries.

The speakers were Charles Newman, president of MIBB and founder of ReCellular, one of the world's largest cellphone refurbishing companies; Pamela Lippitt, executive director at MIBB; Helmi Kittani, director of CJAED, the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development in Nazareth; and Jeff Ferguson, an entrepreneur and MBA student who is the first recipient of a new MIBB internship/scholarship program at WSU's business school.

MIBB is a nonprofit organization that facilitates business development and technical collaboration between Michigan- and Israel-based companies. The organization holds regular Michigan-Israel business exchanges and facilitates missions to Israel.

"This presentation was an opportunity to educate a young population about important technology coming out of Israel's high-tech sector," said Lippitt. It was also a chance to "show how this technology can continue to impact Michigan's economy, partners, jobs and connections with the two communities."

The event took place during the Survey of E-Commerce class taught by Celia Romm Livermore, professor of information systems management.

An archive of the webinar, which was streamed using Wimba Classroom software, can be found here.

To view the archive, click "Participant Login," then enter your name. No password is required. First time Wimba users will be prompted to run the Wimba set-up wizard before the presentation begins.

For more information about the School of Business Administration's partnership with Michigan Israel Business Bridge, email Professor Celia Romm Livermore at ak1667@wayne.edu.