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Visitors from Africa explore entrepreneurial network on campus

Global Ties Idaho Visits Boise State
Global Ties Idaho explores Boise State University’s Venture College and College of Innovation and Design

In November 2022, 24 visitors traveled from Africa to visit Boise and learn about entrepreneurship in the community. This program was presented by Global Ties Idaho, Meridian International Center and the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

Global Ties Idaho, founded in 2005, is a nonprofit organization that focuses on sharing the state of Idaho, its people, industry and culture with the international community. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the organization provides short-term professional and cultural exchange opportunities for current and emerging leaders around the world, providing programs for 70-90 international visitors each year.

The latest group explored Boise State’s Venture College, meeting with Interim Director Cara Van Sant to learn about the programs offered, the entrepreneurial community and mentor network. The Venture College is part of the College of Innovation and Design and aims to cultivate and support entrepreneurship at Boise State with programs that allow students to pursue new ideas and launch ventures.

While on campus, the group also toured the College of Innovation and Design Innovation Incubator space and the MakerLab, both on the second floor of Albertsons Library. The group also toured the Boise Metro Chamber, Idaho International Trade, Meridian Library, Kiln, Trailhead Boise and the Idaho Technology Council on their visit.

Exploring the MakerLab
Visitors exploring the MakerLab, located on the 2nd floor of the Albertson’s Library