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West Bank: CLDP Conducts Conference on Palestinian Innovation Ecosystem and the Role of Universities


On October 24-25, 2017, CLDP hosted a conference in Ramallah, West Bank, that brought together local stakeholders to identify policy and regulatory reforms that would support the growth of Palestinian technology startups. Representatives from Stanford University, Louisiana State University, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shared best practices in technology incubation and commercialization to help Palestinian universities protect their intellectual property, while ensuring research breakthroughs can fuel innovation and job growth in the private sector. At the conclusion of the conference, participants compiled a list of key recommendations, including the need to conduct network mapping to identify relevant partners within the local ecosystem, to increase engagement among Palestinian stakeholders in order to foster the development of an entrepreneurial culture and community, and to expand intellectual property and business development curriculum at the university level, including practical job training opportunities for young Palestinians. Conference participants included Palestinian entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, and government stakeholders. The conference sought to identify policy and regulatory reforms that will help propel growth of Palestinian businesses, as part of the broader U.S. Government effort tosupport a thriving economy and create real opportunities for Palestinians.

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