Curriculum and Format
ISBA is a six-week, six-credit summer program presented in a modular format. Modules last from eight to 14 days and combine classroom learning with experiential learning opportunities in Israel.
Modules include the Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Israel course, which outlines Israel’s economy, various industries, culture, and politics, along with the business challenges and opportunities the country faces. You visit innovative companies, meet with Israeli entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and gain insights from government officials.
Many of the people, places, and firms you visit in Tel Aviv are mentioned in Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, one of the books you read in the course.
The second module is the Venture Advising and Consulting course, which focuses on start-ups’ operational and management issues. The course covers fundamental strategies and practices employed by private equity and venture capital firms. It also highlights macroeconomic, political, and cultural issues affecting start-ups that operate and raise capital internally.
During the course, you work on an interdisciplinary team to solve real business problems for Israeli nonprofit organizations and companies.
Beyond the classroom
The academy’s emphasis is experiential. Projects and assignments include real-world components that enable you to apply classroom knowledge to actual management challenges. You also interact with Israeli students.
IDC’s student services support staff plans and coordinates supplemental activities. For example, you go on weekend trips, attend cultural events, and participate in immersion experiences with IDC faculty and staff.
Sample Speakers and Site Visits
- U.S. Embassy
- Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
- Intel Israel
- Google Israel
- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
- Saul Singer, co-author of Start-Up Nation
- Eugene Kandel, economic advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- IBM Israel
- Western Wall
Cultural immersion and orientation programming
You receive pre-departure information electronically. After you arrive in Israel, you attend an onsite orientation that provides an overview of ISBA, academy resources, and country characteristics.
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