No partial participation is allowed.
Admitted students must participate in ALL program activities.
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
Babson College Closed for Winter Holidays
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
What is covered by tuition?
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.
Breakfast at hotel
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)
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; SupplierMarket.com, 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.
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.
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).