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  • Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Program Terms: Winter Session
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Session 2021 09/27/2020 10/02/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Graduate Program Type: MSEL Programs
Eligible Populations: MSEL Program Advisor: Alexandra Nesbeda
Program Description:

MSM 6110-04 Global Entrepreneurship Experience - Israel

Israel Wix

Peter Cohan, Lecturer
Management Division

Important Dates

Glavin Office Submission Deadlines

Lottery Application Opens

Friday, September 13, 2019, 12:00 PM ET

Lottery Application Closes

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:59 PM ET

Placement Notifications Sent

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Glavin Office Hours: Commitment Deliverables Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe

Thursday, October 3, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe

Commitment Deliverables DUE

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 11:59 PM ET
Glavin Office Hours: Logistics & Flight Submissions Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe

Thursday, October 17, 2019
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Location: Olin Cafe
Flight Submissions & Reimbursement Forms DUE Sunday, October 27, 2019, 11:59 PM ET

Mandatory Course Dates

No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.

Introduction Session Friday, September 13, 2019
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Logistics Session #1: Overview Monday, October 7, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Academic Session #1 Friday, October 25, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Academic Session #2 Friday, November 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Academic Session #3 Friday, December 6, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Logistics Session #2: Getting Ready to Travel Friday, December 13, 2019
Time TBD
Babson College Closed for Winter Holidays Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Course Travel Arrive: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Depart: Friday, January 17, 2020
Course dates: Thursday, January 9 - Thursday, January 16, 2020

Final Deliverable Due

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 11:59 PM  ET

Academic Session #4: Wrap-Up Friday, January 31, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Academic Overview

Course Description


This course provides students with an introduction to the culture, history, society and business climate of Israel; focusing on the past, present, and future of Israel’s startup ecosystem -- highlighting how leaders are working to transform Israel from Startup Nation to Scaleup Nation.

Pre-departure classes will provide a basic understanding of:

  • The evolution of Israel from a socialist nation to an entrepreneurial one; 
  • The current state of Israel’s startup ecosystem using the Startup Common framework, and 
  • An assessment of the potential of several Israeli startups using the Hungry Startup Strategy framework before departing in January on 8-day in-country experience. 

This course will provide students with a fully integrated academic and experiential learning experience, after which students can be expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history, present and future of Israel’s startup ecosystem
  • Think, speak, and write critically about the role of entrepreneurship in Israel
  • Analyze Israel as a case relevant to small countries with limited local markets that must go global to grow
  • Listen and observe mindfully and respectfully as a guest in Israel
  • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills specific to a cross-cultural context.
  • Identify challenges facing Israeli startups and consider and propose thoughtful suggestions through application of entrepreneurial thought and action
  • Demonstrate increased awareness of the social, economic, cultural and geographic context in which we live and work.

Faculty Articles

Cohan, Peter. "Can Israel Become A Nation Of Startup Marathoners?" Forbes, 26 May 2019.
Cohan, Peter. "The Unexpected Reason That Wix Stock Is A Buy." Forbes, 20 May 2019.
Cohan, Peter. "mPrest Taking Share in $10B Industry from Siemens, ABB, GE." Forbes, 30 Jul. 2018.
Cohan, Peter. "3 Dramatic Changes Propelling Startup Nation To Challenge Silicon Valley." Inc., 26 Mar. 2018.


Course Information

Course Type

MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience

Course Eligibility

MSEL Students Only

Student must be, and remain, in good academic standing with the college for duration of the course.

Student must be in good standing with the Office of Community Standards by time of travel.
Location Eligibility This course is intended as an introductory level course in Israel. For that reason, students with limited or no experience in Israel ARE eligible.
Pre-requisites N/A

Course Documents

[Course Syllabus]  |  [Sample Schedule]  |  [Information Session Materials]

Academic Accommodations

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.

Course Logistics


Tel Aviv, Israel


  • Students will be staying in 3-4 star hotels in Tel Aviv during the course in double occupancy rooms.
  • Students interested in requesting housing accommodations on the Global Entrepreneurship Experience, should visit the students with disabilities abroad page for more information.


International Flight

Students will be responsible for booking their own transportation to/from Israel. Students will be reimbursed for their flights, up to a designated amount, conditional to the timely and complete submission of flight reimbursement forms (flight stipulations and deadlines apply). Additional travel will be at the student's expense.  

  • Arrival Airport Code: TLV (Tel Aviv International Airport)
  • Departure Airport Code: TLV (Tel Aviv International Airport)

Local Transportation

The program includes the following transportation: coach bus. Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation in their free time.


Students should also expect to pay for additional individual transportation around the city and to do significant walking.


  • Breakfast will be provided at the hotel.
  • Several group lunches and dinners will be provided by the program. Students are responsible for paying for the remainder of their lunches and dinners on their own.
  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary restrictions are encouraged to contact their Global Entrepreneurship Experience Program Manager prior to committing to the course to discuss any questions or concerns.

Independent Travel

Planning Independent Travel

  • Students planning independent travel before or after the course must plan travel so as not to miss any portion of the course. This includes planning for flight delays, insufficient layovers and arrival/departure times too close to the course start or end date/time. 
  • Exceptions will not be granted for students to arrive late to, or leave early from, the course.
  • Expenses associated with independent travel outside of the course itinerary are the student's responsibility.

Financial Considerations

What is covered by tuition?

  • International airfare
    • Note: Students will be reimbursed for their flights (up to a designated amount) as long as their flight reimbursement forms are submitted by the deadline. Additional travel will be at the student's expense.
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Ground transportation
  • Program planned meals and cultural excursions. 

What is not covered by tuition?

  • Visa costs: Varies depending on nationality
    • All students are asked to research the visa requirements for their nationality to travel to Israel before committing to the course.
    • All students are required to secure their own visa (if applicable) prior to course travel.
    • Additional information and support materials will be provided by the Global Entrepreneurship Experience Program Manager.
  • Additional meals: $TBD (estimate)
    • Incidentals and additional meals (lunches and dinners) are based on the amounts spent by course faculty and administrators on the 2019 program.
  • Incidentals, personal expenses and supplemental travel: $TBD (estimate)

Contact Information

Lead Faculty

Peter Cohan  

Professor Peter Cohan 

Peter Cohan teaches strategy to undergraduate and MBA students including the courses Strategic Problem Solving, Strategic Decision Making, and Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management. He has created electives abroad to Hong Kong/Singapore, Paris, Israel, and Spain/Portugal. His Babson X courses include Digital Strategy and Action and Rise To Leadership: Become A CEO. He is the author of 13 books and a columnist for Forbes and Inc. He appeared in the 2016 documentary film, We The People: The Market Basket Effect. He has also served as a visiting professor at Barcelona's EADA.

In 1994, Cohan started Peter S. Cohan & Associates, a management consulting and venture capital firm. His management consulting unit helps managers with strategy, best practices, operational improvement, and litigation support. Since 1981, Cohan has completed over 150 consulting projects.

His venture capital business has invested in seven companies including Andromedia, an Internet software company, which Macromedia purchased in 1999 for $440 million;, an online marketplace for industrial supplies, which Ariba purchased in 2000 for $930 million; and Lexar Media, a digital media company that was sold in 2006 to Micron Technology (MU) for $690 million. He is also an investor in San Francisco-based fintech service, SoFi, which was valued in March 2017 at $4.3 billion.

Program Manager

Alex Nesbeda

Alex Nesbeda 

Alex Nesbeda, Senior Program Manager for the Short-Term Programs team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience for the undergraduate and graduate student populations. She is the program manager for undergraduate Electives Abroad in Japan, Germany, Uruguay/Argentina, and Israel; the undergraduate Elective Away in Manhattan; the graduate Elective Abroad in Italy; and the MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience in Israel and Tanzania. She also handles the risk management for the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) program.


Course Administrator

Liz Saumsiegle  

Liz Saumsiegle

Liz Saumsiegle is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in the Glavin Office of International Education. Saumsiegle oversees operational support and statistical reporting for the ISSS team while advising Babson’s international student population on immigration issues and cultural adjustment. Saumsiegle is the primary liaison with Graduate Admissions to provide support to and process immigration documentation for incoming graduate students. She is a staff member of the Honor Board and co-chair for the Sustainability Employee Resource Group (ERG).