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Foreign Affairs Expert Dan Senor Gives Michigan Israel’s Entrepreneurial Lessons

Leveraging the entrepreneurial impact on Detroit and Michigan’s transformation requires a societal commitment to innovation and a willingness to embrace failure, according to Dan Senor, best-selling author of “Start-up Nation.”

If Michigan hopes to build its entrepreneurial space, Senor said state and federal leaders must collaborate on creative government programs that encourage startup investment from venture capitalists and embrace a culture shift that views immigration as an opportunity rather than a burden. In addition, Senor said the United States can learn a lot from the Israel Defense Forces, which teach youth responsibility and leadership expertise that are of value in the workforce.

Finally, Senor said entrepreneurs in Michigan and the United States must have a “ferocious commitment to building something great” and take pride in the collective success of the community.

Senor, a geopolitical expert and adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, drew on lessons from years of research on Israel, which has more high-tech startups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country in the world.

“There’s tremendous opportunity in Michigan. The world needs innovation and entrepreneurship. Israel’s got it and Michigan has the potential for it. We’re already seeing the kernels of it, particularly with the tech startups moving here,” Senor said.