Students can sign up for firsthand look at Israeli startup scene

It’s a good time to be an entrepreneur in Israel.

Israel has more startup businesses per capita than any country in the world. Sixty-five percent of the startups last more than five years, and it has the third-most companies listed on Nasdaq, behind the United States and China.

A unique partnership between Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, will give undergraduates from any American college or university a firsthand look at this burgeoning startup scene this summer.

The deadline to sign up is Feb. 15. The program is June 15-July 24.

The Israel Summer Business Academy, which is open to all undergraduates no matter their academic or religious background, will provide students a rare chance for an in-depth, six-week look at Israel’s startup culture while also earning credit at their home institutions.

WUSTL will grant course credit; transcripts will be sent to home institutions at the end of the program.

“This is a unique and powerful partnership with IDC,” said Steve Malter, director of the undergraduate program at Olin and founder of ISBA. “It will allow students from all over this country to immerse themselves in a uniquely entrepreneurial environment and to learn from some of the top innovators in Israel.”

While in Israel, students will take two courses — “Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel” and “Venture Advising/Venture Creation.” Learning will occur both inside and outside the classroom, with students being able to apply what they learn to advising Israeli startups and creating their own startup.

The program will feature extensive immersive visits with companies, startups and thought leaders, including Google Israel, Intel, Teva Pharmaceuticals, various venture capital firms, incubators, the U.S. Embassy, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and top U.S. and Israeli government officials.

The program costs $4,000 and includes tuition, housing, insurance, excursions, bus pass and some meals.

For complete information and to sign up, visit