Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Israel
- Spend ten days in Israel over winter break, learning about technological innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Earn three hours of academic credit.
- Visit sites of cultural, historical and religious importance in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
This ten day program offers a unique learning and personal growth experience. With its focus on technology entrepreneurship and visit to the world’s most important historical and religious sites it combines the very new and innovative with the very old and spiritual. Israel is second in the world (to Silicon Valley) in the number of startups, venture capital per capita and stock exchange listings of new companies. We will visit many new companies to learn from startup management how to create a successful entrepreneurial new venture. We will also visit many famous sites of the world’s three major religions to learn their origins, history and contributions. And there’s time for floating in the Dead Sea and experiencing the nightlife of Tel Aviv, a highly contemporary city.
Safety and education are primary as students, faculty and guides will travel together in safe, guarded buses, supervised activities and site visits customized specifically for this unique adventure.
“Israel attracts nearly twice the venture capital per capita than the U.S. and has more start-ups, patents, and inventions than all of the European Union.”
5 Israeli Start-ups Quietly Changing the World by Christina DesMarais at Inc.com
This program takes place in three principal cities in Israel: Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. Each destination provides unique opportunities to students relevant to the academic content of the program and the historical/cultural context of Israel.
- Haifa is Israel’s foremost port city for international commerce and the center of Israeli high tech industries. Two of the most distinguishing features of this dynamic city are its physical beauty and its cosmopolitan population of 265,000 Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and Bahá’ís living in harmony.
- The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is best known for its strengths as an international business center that specializes in innovation, serving as an engine of global growth for the entire Israeli economy. Tel Aviv offers Bauhaus architecture, cafes and clubs at the old harbor, the open air markets, summer street festivals, and the charm of old Jaffa with its artist colony.
- A city sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Jerusalem is a meeting of past and present, of ancient roots and modern innovations. In addition, this thriving metropolis is rich in art galleries and museums, theaters and concert halls, restaurants and dance clubs.
All students will enroll in one of the following course for three credit hours:
- ENTR 304/500: Entrepreneurship with applicability to the Certificate, Concentration or Minor in Entrepreneurship.
- IBUS 500: Individual Research in International Business with application to an IB Concentration.
- ENGR 500: Individual Research in Engineering, with applicability to various Engineering degrees
This course will consist of:
- Case studies of the startups to be visited; presentations by distinguished faculty from Israeli Universities and Israeli government officials
- Visits to selected technology startups and presentations by each firm’s management to better understand the development path each and lessons learned during startup and growth periods. We will visits startups in software, pharmaceuticals, clean tech, web design, medical devices, health care several venture capital firms.
- Docent led tours of historically important sites to better understand the origins of three of the world’s great religions and the role of technology in discovering and preserving the sacred sites of each.
- Presentations by distinguished faculty at Tel Aviv University, Adelson School of Entrepreneurship at the IDC, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist.
The KU School of Business offers a Certificate of Entrepreneurship which is a series of courses designed to help students start, finance, plan and launch your own business in their major or favorite subject. The purpose of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship is to broaden students’ career alternatives to include starting and managing their own businesses and to enable increased likelihood of success of that new venture by providing a fundamental understanding of the entrepreneurship process. Participation in the Israel Study Abroad program satisfies the capstone certificate requirement.
Students will stay in standard rooms at hotels and guest houses in Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. Many meals will be group meal included in the program fee, but some lunches will be paid by students on their own.
All travel within Israel for program activities is included in the program fee paid to KU, but students will make their own arrangements for travel to and from Israel.
The Office of Study Abroad will identify a group flight recommendation and students are responsible for making their travel arrangements according to the group plan in early November.
Site visits and excursions include:
Introduction to Israel as the “Start-up Nation”; lectures from IDC faculty, corporate guests and Israeli entrepreneurs; visits to IDC MiLab in Herzilya, Trendlines Venture Capital, Pitango Venture Capital, Mintigo, BiomX Therapeutics, Flux Ag Tech, TEVA Pharmaceuticals or other companies; introduction to the history and politics of the Middle East; visits to the beach, Jaffa, Rabin Memorial, and more.
Galilee & Nazareth
Visits include the Mount of the Beatitudes, the Church of the Multiplication, the Sea of Galilee, Mount Bental and the Church of the Annunciation, and the Bel Ofri- Ein Nashut Winery. Participants will stay in Kibbutz Degania Bet.
Lecture at Hebrew University. Visit the Dead Sea and the Shrine of the Book, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Bridge of Strings, Knesset, Supreme Court, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepluchre, Mahane Yehuda Market, Western Wall, and participate in Shabbat of a Lifetime.
The program will have a maximum size of 25 and will target a diverse group of students, as the subject matter covered is applicable to all. Therefore, Business students, Engineering students, students in the Biosciences, and any other interested students are eligible to apply.
Business School Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships will be available to business students needing financial support who apply by the deadline. Priority will be given to students who have not received prior study abroad scholarships. The Statement of Purpose essays submitted with the online program application will be used to determine acceptance into the program AND eligibility for a School of Business Scholarship. For more information visit: https://business.ku.edu/scholarships-study-abroad
Wally Meyer has both practiced and taught entrepreneurship in his own companies and more recently for the past twelve years as architect and teacher of the entrepreneurship curriculum at the KU School of Business. He has managed large (ie: 1300) and small employee teams and provided Board leadership to the Boy Scouts of America, the KC Lyric Opera and the KU Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, which he founded.
Cory Berkland is a Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at KU. His lab studies pharmaceuticals and biomaterials. He is a co-founder of multiple biotech start-ups including Orbis Biosciences, Savara Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SVRA), Bond Biosciences, and Orion BioScience. Cory has served on multiple boards in the pharmaceutical industry and academia, and he has worked at one of the top biotech venture capital funds, Sofinnova Ventures.