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  • Locations: Tel Aviv, Virtual Israel
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Babson applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status: Undergraduate Program Type: Elective Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction: English Eligible Populations: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Academic Highlights: Cultural Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies Program Advisor: Renee Graham
Program Description:
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MOB3540 Israel Start-up Ecosystem
(Virtual Program)

UG Israel

Peter Cohan, Lecturer

Summer Session 2021



Important Dates

Information Session

Information Session Dates

Week of December 7th, 2020 (TBA)


Application Deadlines

Application Opens

Week of December 7th, 2020 (TBD)

Initial Application Deadline

Sunday January 3, 2021 11:59 PM ET

Rolling Application Opens

Tuesday January 5, 2021

Rolling Application Deadline

Sunday January 10, 2021 11:59 PM ET

Course Schedule

Course Schedule Overview

The course will be taught during 24 synchronous (virtual) sessions over the summer session. Classes will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Monday, May 10 through Wednesday July 14, 2021. Class start time is 8:00 AM. This allows space for virtual meetings with companies and officials in Israel, 7 hours ahead of Wellesley.

Detailed Course Schedule

Week (meet virtually twice/week) Day/Time (ET) Day/Time (ET) Session Topics (TBD)
Week 1 (May 10/May 12) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 2 (May 17/May 19) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 3 (May 24/May 26) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 4 (May 31/June 2) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 5 (June 7/ June 9) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 6 (June14/June 16) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 7 (June 21/June 23) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 8 (June 28/June 30) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 9 (July 5/July 7) Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  
Week 10 (July 12/July 14)  Mon/8:00-9:45 AM ET Wed/8:00-9:45 AM ET  

Course Description & Objectives

Course Description

The Israel Startup Ecosystem course provides students with powerful insights into the entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE) of Israel – a country of 8.4 million people with the highest rate of NASDAQ listings per capita of any nation. The Israel Startup Ecosystem is divided into three parts:
Core LearningConcepts:  Initially we will learn about the core concepts – why private capital flows to some countries more than others; why a few cities have most of the startup activity; and what separates the few successful startups from the rest. We will do that through reading, interactive discussion, group work on case studies, sharing that work with the class, and discussing the presentations online. Virtual Meetings with Israeli Ecosystem Participants will occur throughout the 10 week course. Acting as ambassadors of Babson, we will meet with and learn from leaders from the government, startup, academic, and investment communities. We will learn their perspectives on Israel’s entrepreneurial success, the challenges it faces, and how it intends to overcome these challenges. The major course deliverable is a consulting project with an Israeli Startup.  Each week after the project begins, students will schedule weekly update meetings with the client and deliver a final presentation in early July via videoconference.

Course Objectives

In this course you will:
  • Learn core concepts related to national and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems and how successful startups differ from their less successful peers
  • Understand how Israel’s entrepreneurial ecosystem spurs startups
  • Get a deeper understanding of Israel’s business culture
  • Interact virtually with Israeli entrepreneurs, accelerators, government officials, and capital providers to consult with an Israeli startup in developing a global growth strategy  

Faculty Video

To learn more about the course, watch the faculty's Brainshark presentation (forthcoming).

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

Advanced Elective


4 credits


Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.

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.



Course Documents

Draft Syllabus  |  Information Session Materials

Academic Accommodations

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


Babson Tuition: 4-Credits

  • Summer Session tuition is paid directly to SFS and is billed at the 2020-2021 credit rate ($1,692 per credit). Each virtual Elective Abroad is 4 credits. Summer tuition is separate from fall and spring tuition charges, however, you may qualify for a tuition adjustment in a future year.
  • To discuss tuition or your financial situation or to learn about grant opportunities, contact Student Financial Services.

Program Fee: $0

  • There is no program fee for this course. Program costs, beyond tuition, are subsidized by the Glavin Office of International Education.
  • Included: Materials for cultural activities and demonstrations will be mailed to you
  • Not included: Tuition

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

Renee Graham  

Renée Graham 

Renée Graham, Assistant Director of the Short-Term Programs Team, manages the programming for Electives Abroad & Away, the International Consulting Experience, and the Global Entrepreneurship Experience. She manages the 2020/21 undergraduate Electives Abroad courses to the Netherlands/Portugal, Spain and England, and Away courses to Califorina (Los Angeles and San Francisco). Renée has programming responsibility for the graduate Electives Abroad course in Sweden and MSEL Global Entrepreneurship Experience programs in Chile and China. In the Fall you will also see Renée court side as an assistant coach for the Babson women’s volleyball team.





Student Quotes

This program is currently not accepting applications.