July 14 to August 11, 2016

Israel leads the world in high-tech and start-ups per capita, with groundbreaking innovation in medicine, telecommunications, cyber technology, agriculture, energy, and more. Study innovation and leadership in Beer-Sheva, the city Forbes magazine has called the “Silicon Valley of the Middle East.”

This program will help students from any major or academic discipline discover their leadership and entrepreneurial potential. Generous scholarships available.


This four-week program, taught in English, gives students academic training and hands-on entrepreneurial experience right in the heart of Israel’s “Start-Up Nation.” Program participants will gain these career-boosting skills and experiences:

  • Develop a business plan
  • Conduct market surveys
  • Create a work plan
  • Make a mock presentation to investors
  • Network with and learn from leaders in business and high-tech
  • Understand how to lead effectively within an innovation ecosystem
  • Visit business incubators as well as international and Israeli high-tech companies
  • Meet venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in both the high tech industry and at Israeli government agencies
  • Enjoy a range of entertainment options, cultural activities, and trips, such as scuba diving in Eilat and two weekend trips throughout Israel

Academic Courses

Two intensive courses will help students translate ideas into successful business ventures.

  • Innovation –  Develop strategies for implementing innovation in a start-up or established company within the global system.
  • Leadership in Organization –  Learn how to be an effective and inspired leader within the context of an innovation ecosystem.


Prof. Dafna Schwartz, an economist, is the director of Ben-Gurion Universitty’s Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and High-Tech Management. She is also head of the MBA in Entrepreneurship and High-Tech Management at BGU’s Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Bank Hapoalim Ltd., and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., and is a member of the Israel National Council for Research and Development. She has been a consultant to Israel’s Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Employment.


Program Dates
July 14 to August 11, 2016

How to Apply
For application information, please visit:

Apply by March 1, 2016
Admissions decisions will be made by April 4, 2016.

The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in good standing who are interested in entrepreneurial innovation and leadership.

Credits and Certificate
The program includes two courses equal to three academic credits each. Upon successful completion of the program, all participants will receive an official transcript for two courses (six credits, transferrable with approval from their home university) and a certificate of completion.

Costs and Scholarships
The total program cost is $5,500. Merit-based scholarships of up to 50% of the program cost will be awarded to the top 10 applicants. To be considered, please submit your application and a 500-word essay on what you hope to gain from your experience at BGU.

Total cost includes:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Comprehensive health insurance for overseas students
  • Student card and access to all facilities and activities at the university
  • Field trips
  • Two weekend trips in Israel
  • Scuba diving in Eilat

For further information and course syllabi, visit BGU Study Abroad
or contact Jonathan Hakim at

** Not affiliated with Rady School of Management


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