Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo visited Ben-Gurion University (BGU) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) focused on encouraging joint innovation and entrepreneurship.
The MOU signed on Tuesday calls for the encouraging of collaboration and cogeneration of business startups, and high-tech internships and job opportunities for BGU students at Rhode Island’s public and private universities.
The agreement also calls for collaboration between Rhode Island’s new innovation campuses in Providence, called RIHub, and BGU’s Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), which will provide opportunities for collaboration and job opportunities for university students and graduates.
Several prominent multinational corporations have already established centers of excellence at the ATP and at RIHub.
Raimondo said the MOU is part of her effort to revitalize Rhode Island’s economy through fostering innovation and economic growth.
“I have prioritized the revitalization of our economy and worked to ensure that Rhode Island is known for innovation and economic opportunity. We are pleased to be entering a partnership with our valued colleagues at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,” she said.
“This partnership will provide access to international expertise and global resources, and it will forge collaborations well into the future. We look forward to many years of partnership and progress together,” she added.
Prof. Daniel Chamovitz of BGU said the long-awaited agreement will bring together some of BGU’s and Rhode Island’s top entrepreneurship programs.
“I want to thank our mutual supporters who brought us together to this next step after five years of laying the groundwork,” he said.
Raimondo is leading a group of Democratic governors who are visiting Israel on an economic development and policy mission. The delegation will be meeting with policy experts, elected officials and entrepreneurs to strengthen their relationships with Israel and build new partnerships with the business community.
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