TAU Mexican Innovation Day
Mexican Friends of Tel Aviv University hosted TAU Innovation Day at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, where leading entrepreneurs, students and experts in fields ranging from molecular biology to public policy gathered to exchange ideas on the latest in technological innovations and their impact on business and society. The second annual event featured guest speakers from TAU and the Mexican business community, with panel discussions and TED-style talks to over 200 guests.
President of Mexican Friends, Jaime Murow, described how Mexican students with an entrepreneurial spirit benefit from the knowledge gleaned from these events. “Innovation Day is a way to share information and experiences with young people who wish to pursue the dream of entrepreneurship,” he said. “Money we raise provides needed scholarships for those wishing to pursue a higher education from a world class institution like TAU.”
In his presentation, Managing Director of TAU’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Yair Sakov, described what it takes to be a successful innovator and entrepreneur. Along with ideas and vision, Sakov maintains the key element is courage. “Many people with great ideas lack the courage and confidence to push them ahead,” said Sakov. “Companies need to be role models of risk-taking, encouraging employees to push their ideas forward and not fear failure.”
The conference guest of honor was Mexican businessman, philanthropist, politician, and Chairman of the Mexican Business Summit, Mr. Miguel Alemán Velasco. Other noted guests included: Zvi Tal, Israeli Ambassador to Mexico, the Bahamas and Belize; Rodolfo Ramirez, Founder and CEO of Redbox; Mauricio Figueroa, TAU graduate in law and the first Mexican alumnus to receive a scholarship from Mexican Friends; Dr. Dinorah Friedmann-Morvinski, senior lecturer at TAU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences; and Jackie Goren, Head of Global Management Consulting Program at the Coller School of Management.