Representatives from CRDF Global, MIT Enterprise Forum (MIT EF) Turkey and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs gathered at the Embassy of Turkey to mark the beginning of a partnership between CRDF Global and MIT EF Turkey.
With the signing of a memorandum of understanding, CRDF Global and MIT EF Turkey will establish a framework for future collaboration and joint initiatives promoting and strengthening technology entrepreneurship in Turkey; implemented through the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative.
Adding historic significance to the signing ceremony was the venue—the Ambassador’s residence built by an American industrialist and entrepreneur.
“We’re delighted to have this opportunity to partner with MIT EF Turkey,” CRDF Global President and CEO Cathy Campbell said. “Given our ongoing partnership with MIT EF for the Pan-Arab region, this partnership has special momentum and significance for us, following the successful Entrepreneurship Summit.”
“MIT EF Turkey is excited about the GIST initiative since it touches upon many of the important issues surrounding entrepreneurship in our region,” said MIT-EF Turkey Co-Chairman Selcuk Kiper. “There was immediate synergy between our organizations, evidenced by the speed at which we moved from initial conversation to this agreement.
“This partnership is not only about grooming and supporting entrepreneurs, but also connecting them on the local, regional and global levels,” CRDF Global's Senior Program Manager Natalia Pipia said.