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Bryant University IB Students Working on Project with Tapkit from Israel Win 1st Place

The May 11th International Business Capstone – IB Practicum At the presentations, there were 4 groups of students who presented their projects to a panel of three judges . The group that worked with Tapkit Israel won first place. During the program, the students worked with Avner Shohet, the CEO of Tapkit, in developing strategies for Tapkit to enter the U.S. market.

The TAPKIT is the first affordable commercial hydroponics system for NFT greenhouse systems changing the way leafy vegetables (and in the future, micro-leaves) are grown and distributed.


For the first time, small and medium growers are able to enter the market with low initial investment costs and a ready-made solution.

According to Jacquelaine Saslawski, the director of the practicum program, IB Practicum Projects in Partnership with the Rhode Island Israel Collaborative, the Bryant IB Program has partnered with the Rhode Island Israel Collaborative (RIIC) to offer

one IB Practicum project per semester, for five semesters, working with an Israeli startup that aims to establish a presence in Rhode Island and the New England region. The Consulate General of Israel in Boston is sponsoring these Rhode Island sourced projects.

“The IB practicum program is extremely helpful to Israeli companies as the students will assist them in establishing their marketing goal towards the U.S. market,” says Avi Nevel, President & CEO of RIIC.

“This is absolutely a win/win. The Israeli startup will receive the benefit of the market research and the students receive the exposure to the international market and the commercial market.”

“These are the types of collaborations that result in experiences that I love for my students,” says IB practicum faculty and IB Director Jacqueline Saslawski. “Students get to consult a client who wants to invest in the U.S., who is in a different time zone, and who has a different business culture.”

In spring 2022 we completed a project with Kinetix and in Fall 2022 with MediMynds and we are pleased that the 3rd project is with Tapkit, Israel.

Avi Nevel, CEO and Founder of the Rhode Island Israel Collaboative (RIIC) congratulated the winning team in person and announced that the RIIC is now actively opening the recruitment for the next Israeli Startup company who will participate starting in September. Companies who are interested in participating can send an email to

From left to right, Thoomas Richardson, Brice Sinnett, Courtney Dye, Dr. Jacqueline Saslawski, Avi Nevel, Ashley Suzio and Kyle Henderson


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