International Leaders visit The Garage at UCCS

State Departments International Delegation meets UCCS Program Directors. Photo Credit: Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

In mid-August, The Garage at UCCS hosted a delegation of economic and entrepreneurship development professionals from around the world – 11 leaders from 11 different countries. This delegation was a part of a State Department program to provide cross-cultural collaboration between the U.S. and other countries. The delegation visited UCCS with the goal of learning how the university supports entrepreneurship for its students and surrounding community.

This delegation is visiting five cities in the United States as a part of the International Visitor Leadership Program supported by the U.S Department of State, including Boston, Detroit, Washington D.C., Colorado Springs, and Seattle.

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council (CSWAC) acted as the local host for the touring party. CSWAC reached out to various organizations in the community that support innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) to share insights with the global leaders. Among venues visited in the city were the Catalyst Campus, Exponential Impact, The Maker Space and The Garage at UCCS. Along with CSWAC officials and State Department Liaisons, the international delegation hosted in the Garage consisted of:

  • Mr. Alcino Matias Lopes Camota – Angola
    • Project Manager, Tech21Africa
  • Ms. Hajdi Cenan – Croatia
    • Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, airt technologies
  • Ms. Marie Therese Samir Riad Fam – Egypt
    • Managing Partner, Flat6Labs
  • Ms. Sebenzile Dlamini – Eswatini
    • Incubation Manager, Royal Swaziland Technology Park
  • Mr. Aleksandar Janicic – Montenegro
    • Project Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre Technopolis
  • Ms. Siham Ouzine – Morocco
    • General Manager, Higher Institute of Aeronautical Professions and Airport Logistics (ISMALA)
  • Ms. Preeti Koirala Bhattarai – Nepal
    • Program Coordinator, Chamber of Industries Morang/American Corner Biratnagar
  • Mr. Dawaud Awawda – Palestinian Territories
    • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, uMake
  • Mr. Mohammed Moalla – Saudi Arabia
    • Mechatronics Engineering Lecturer, University of Prince Mugren
  • Mr. Ranjan Kulathunga Abeynayaka Gamlathge – Sri Lanka
    • Senior Design Engineer, Zone24x7
  • Mr. Hasan Alisulaiman Hasan Al Shehhi – United Arab Emirates
    • International Relations and Partnerships Senior Specialist, U.A.E. Space Agency

During their meeting in The Garage, the international leaders learned about the various entrepreneurship programs at UCCS. Tom Duening, El Pomar Chair for Business & Entrepreneurship, spoke about the Venture Attractor and Torch Grants program.

Terry Boult, El Pomar Chair for Computer Security, and Duening discussed The Garage and how it attracts and helps build UCCS student-led ventures. Ben Kwitek, Director of the Bachelor of Innovation, and Boult talked about the BI program and its many local success stories.

During this discussion, a few of these leaders demonstrated interest in participating in the Bachelor of Innovation’s Teams program. As of this time, multiple teams have been selected to participate in the program. This collaboration will provide invaluable experience for the BI students, allowing them to work with leaders from around the world.