AEIC Receives GIZ Representatives to Discuss Areas of Cooperation

Representatives from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH met with the AUIS Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (AEIC) on July 5, 2021 to discuss potential areas for future collaboration between the two organizations.

AEIC Director Dr. Hemin Latif delivered a presentation introducing AUIS, its academics, student life, and University community before detailing the Center’s mission and goals as well as AUIS’s entrepreneurship and innovation activities going back a decade.

Eileen Brewer, Director of the Takween Accelerator housed at AUIS, provided an introduction to that program and highlights from activities since its founding...

Dr. Hemin Latif Named AEIC Director

Dr. Hemin Latif, Assistant Professor and IT Department Chair, has been named the new director of the AUIS Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (AEIC) following the departure of Mr. Pat Cline, who led the center since its establishment in 2017. The appointment was made by President Bruce W. Ferguson due to Dr. Latif’s personal experience with startups and his demonstrated commitment to the development of business opportunities for young Kurdish entrepreneurs.

Dr. Latif is an educator, and an entrepreneur. He holds a PhD in Interactive Systems and Robotics from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and has worked...

Sulaimani Forum Policy Roundtable: Fostering Entrepreneurship & Tech Innovation in Iraq

On Wednesday, March 6, the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted a roundtable titled “Fostering Entrepreneurship & Tech Innovation in Iraq” in coordination with the sixth annual Sulaimani Forum. The discussion convened representatives from various startups, incubators and coworking spaces, and government and non-governmental organizations invested in supporting the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The discussion was moderated by Pat Cline, director of the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative, and focused on increasing the technical and entrepreneurial capacity of young Iraqis through university education, private sector funding, and support from government and NGOs. Many of the participants echoed the sentiment of the majority of successful entrepreneurs in...

Research Workshop: Innovation in Startups in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

On Wednesday, February 20, the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted Rava Khorshid, Business Development Manager at the Professional Development Institute at AUIS and candidate at the Masters of Business Administration program at Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland, for a workshop discussing the research findings of her masters’ thesis. Over the past year, Rava had been conducting research on innovation in startups in the Kurdistan Region or Iraq (KRI) in an effort to support and inform AEI priorities for entrepreneurs at AUIS and in the local community.


AUIS Hosts Campus Round of Hult Prize Competition

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, AUIS hosted its first campus round of the Hult Prize Competition , an annual entrepreneurship competition in which undergrads and MBA students around the world present business plans to solve a pressing social issue. At each campus round, a panel of judges evaluates the campus round teams and selects a winning idea to move on to the regional round of the competition. From there, students compete for the chance to join a group of 50 teams at the Hult Castle accelerator program in...

Open Discussion with Yara Salem, World Bank Special Representative to Iraq

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative hosted an open discussion with Yara Salem, the World Bank’s Special Representative to Iraq, during Women’s Entrepreneurship Week October 13-20. The discussion focused on existing World Bank initiatives in the context of Iraq’s reconstruction, rebuilding, and financial management. It ranged from the social aspects of reconstruction and partnerships with Iraq’s Ministry of Planning to anti-corruption projects and finance for development projects.

Salem focused heavily on the social aspects of reconstruction, namely improvements to the Iraqi education and healthcare systems. She...


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