Delta Start-up Studio

Venture Founders Elias (Spain), Rachel (France), & Leon (Turkey) | Class of 2015

The first pre-accelerator of its kind in Israel, the Delta Start-up Studio offers Start-up Builders and Venture Founders the opportunity to prototype early-stage ventures (theirs or others) within a highly supportive and action-oriented environment.  IMBA students will tighten their venture offering, strengthen team leading capabilities, build prototypes, and solidify their pitch via workshops, prototyping rounds, and mentoring.  


The goal of the Delta Start-up Studio is to ultimately mature new concepts to be accelerator and/or pre-seed investor ready. The course culminates in a Demo Day, where select ventures get to pitch to a panel comprised of accelerator managers and pre-seed investors.   


Students will workshop many key skills and concepts, including:

  1. Design thinking as a systematic decision making method 
  2. Client preservations oriented product design 
  3. Storytelling, video creation, presentation workshops 
  4. Modeling, UX, rapid prototyping workshops 
  5. Presentation simulations


How does it work?

During the program, two amazing mentors, Ofer Glazer and Tzachi Melman, guide our students through a three- month personal process of self-discovery in order to locate their true passion and the barriers that can inhibit them pursuing it.   The students take part of different experiences, and face challenges and obstacles that emerged during an entrepreneurial journey or their personal lives in order to better develop their ability to cope with difficulties and improve capabilities to recover from them. Studio is consisted of eight group meetings and eight personal and team coaching sessions.


As one of the Studio graduates says: "Ofer and Tzachi were phenomenal in their work in Studio. For me, they gave me renewed confidence in myself, in my natural abilities, and helped me realize what was holding me back (namely, being afraid to look silly in front of others). Their non-traditional, fun & exciting, and very effective techniques and games really made an impact on me. Additionally, Ofer and Tzachy would continuously go out of their way to schedule in personal meetings, where we would be able to talk about different strategies for my own personal growth. They truly cared about my development."


About the mentors

Ofer Glazer

Ofer is an entrepreneur with an MSc in computer engineering. For some time now he has been a theater and film actor after graduating from the “Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute” in New York. Ofer is the co-founder and leader of an online initiative and a lecturer at the Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship MBA, and the Sofaer International MBA, at the Coller School of Management in Tel Aviv University. Ofer was previously the head of innovation at the Israeli Aerospace Industry (IAI) – Lahav.


Tzachy Milman

Tzachy is an actor, director, writer and teacher of theater. Tzachy is both a mentor and a group leader, with 20 years experience leading leadership programs and coaching and guiding people through challenges and obstacles to accomplish their goals. Tzachy is a lecturer at the Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship MBA, and the Sofaer International MBA, at the Coller School of Management in Tel Aviv University.


Course Structure

Delta is an intense "crash course" designed to substantially advance participants' ventures in a short period of time.   The course (worth 2 credits) is comprised of workshops, a Hakathon, mentoring sessions, and a Demo Day. 


Week  Title Topics Duration 
1 Kickoff / Launchpad  Offering 8:15 to 14:00
2 Empathy Value Proposition  8:15 to 14:00
3 Customers Team reviews, mockup tools, UX 8:15 to 14:00
4 Team  Pre-Hackathon intergration  8:15 to 14:00
5 Hackathon  Prototype 2 full days
6 Story + VCs  Presentations, visual business canvas model 8:15 to 14:00
7 Story + VCs  Team reviews 8:15 to 14:00
8 Demo Day Demo Day and next steps 8:15 to 14:00


Course Assignments 

  • Each week teams will receive specific assignments they will have to submit either in the following week or shortly after.  These assignments will be practical and directly related to the promotion of the specific venture the students are engaged in. The assignments will refer to key topics, including:
    • Pitching a new concept/venture/idea
    • Utilizing the business canvas methodology
    • Building a successful team and dealing with team conflicts
    • The essentials of a business plan
  • Each assignment will be graded by the course instructors, either during the actual session or shortly after.  
  • The participants are expected to be highly committed and work closely with the course instructors/mentors.

Demo Day

The Delta Start-up Studio culminates in a Demo Day.  Ventures that have reached certain benchmarks are chosen to pitch to a panel of high-level judges comprised of accelerator managers and potential investors. Take a look at some cool pictures from 2016's experience!

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