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Entrepreneurship & Innovation Study Abroad Program in Israel - the Start Up Nation - Summer 2014


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Program Director: Mr. Javier Gelbwaser

Summer Program

July 2 - July 31, 2014

Registration & Dorm Check In: July 2, 2014

Final Day for Dorm Check Out: July 31, 2014

Academic Hours: 90 | Credits: 6

Tuition: US$3060 | Housing: $715


Executive Program 

August 2 - August 9, 2014

Arrival & Check In: August 2, 2014

Check Out: August 9, 2014

Class schedule: Every day. Hours for this course vary according to meetings and visits scheduled

Tuition: US$1,700 | Housing: US$ 700 (4 star hotel) (Shared double rooms in a 4 star hotel – Supplement for single room: US$ 560)



InnovNation: Israel. Go Beyond Your Imagination

InnovNation offers executive and academic programs that seek to spark innovation worldwide by exposing students, professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the globe to Israel, a country world renowned as the Start-up nation. This is achieved through multiple lectures, meetings, and site visits, that combine theoretical know-how with the insights and first-hand experience of Israel’s top innovative companies and entrepreneurs.

InnovNation is organized in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Economy, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Singularity University-Israel.


Meetings & Guest Speakers

  • Leading start-up founders and mentors
  • Executives from world renowned companies
  • Top angel and venture capital investors
  • Innovative R&D staff and technology experts
  • Prominent industry and academic figures

Site Visits

  • Disruptive start-up companies
  • Leading Israeli high tech firms
  • R&D centers of multinational corporations
  • Business accelerators & innovation hubs
  • Cutting-edge research institutes

Due to the busy and dynamic schedules of the companies and guest speakers that collaborate with this initiative, meetings and visits will be finalized at a later date. As a reference only, participants may refer to last year's itinerary for the InnovNation program.



Summer Program July 2 - July 31, 2014


Students enrolling in this 6-credit program will participate in the following two courses:

Start Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model
Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3

Through the first-hand experience of top Israeli entrepreneurs, this program offers a unique opportunity to benchmark entrepreneurship and innovation best practices in Israel, world-renowned as the "Start-up Nation." Participants will gain direct access to the insights and knowhow of serial startup founders, investors, industry specialists and innovative R&D centers of leading multinational corporations. In addition, they will learn practical models, tools and methodologies critical to the creation of startup companies and the development of innovative ventures of large organizations. Learn more...

Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future
Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3


This course analyzes how disruptive technologies such as 3D printing, neuroscience, bionics, robotics, nano-tech, biomed, genetics, cyber-computing, artificial intelligence, clean-tech, and autonomous transportation may impact our lives, industries and society in the next decade. Participants will meet experts from different high-tech fields, gain exposure to some of the latest breakthroughs developed in Israel, and analyze the challenges and opportunities arising from the emergence of these exponentially growing technologies. Learn more...



Executive Program August 2 - August 9, 2014


Following requests from all over the world, we have designed an 8-day executive program tailor-made for entrepreneurs, managers, professionals, faculty members, and policy makers interested in gaining a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Start-Up Nation through high-level encounters and onsite visits. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of participation signed by the Rothberg International School of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Economy.


The Start-Up Nation


In less than 7 decades since its establishment, Israel, a country with scarce natural resources and only 8 million people has become the Start–Up Nation:

  • Israel has more companies listed on NASDAQ than all of Europe, Japan, Korea, India, and China combined

  • Israel produces more start-up companies than large nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK

  • Israel raises 2.5 times as much global venture capital per capita than the United States, 30 times more than Europe, 80 times more than India, and 350 times more than China
  • Israel has the highest level of R&D spending relative to GDP in the world
  • Multinational companies, such as CISCO, GE, Microsoft, Intel, SAP, IBM, Google, HP, Samsung, and Siemens run core activities in Israel

Application Information

To enroll in the full InnovNation Summer Program (two courses – 6 credits) or in the Executive Program please select the program of your choice from the list of 'Special Programs' on the online application.


This program is open for students who have completed at least one year of study in the areas of Business, NPO Management, Economics, Natural & Applied Sciences, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship. Professionals and entrepreneurs are also welcome to apply.


Please note: the number of participants in this program is limited.  


Take a look at our Online Application Instruction Video and the Overview of the Application Guidelines with useful information on how to complete and submit your online application.


To apply for this program, please click on the following button:


***Please note: The Hebrew University reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.***


  Syllabus Start Ups and Innovation: The Israeli Model
  Syllabus Breakthrough Technologies: Shaping the Future
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