Doing Business in Israel
Doing Business in Israel (DBI) introduces international MBA students from partner schools to Israel's high-tech and entrepreneurship sectors. Participants learn about the dynamics of the Israeli economy and business environment through theoretical lectures on Israel's macroeconomic setting and economic/business sectors; case studies on Israeli companies at different lifecycle stages, e.g., Babylon, Given Imaging and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems; company and startup visits; talks with executives, serial entrepreneurs, and government officials.
- Runs 4-5 times annually
- 7-day, 36-contact hour seminar
- Integrates learning in both the field and the classroom.
More than 500 students a year from leading business schools, such as UCLA, NYU, ESADE, Booth and Ross, have taken part in the program, either in customized programs for specific schools or open DBIs with students from different institutions.
DBI frames the central aspects of doing business in Israel within the context of the country's
high-tech and entrepreneurship sectors. Students gain a comprehensive view into the Israeli
business environment, integrating academic perspective and insights with a hands-on
introduction into the dynamics of the business field.
The Program offers an experiential educational setting, based on a combination of teaching methodologies:
DBI classes, held by Coller School of Management lecturers specializing in different aspects of macroeconomics, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, introduce participants into the strategic setting of the Israeli economy and provide them with a broad understanding of its structure, dynamics and related cultural and social aspects.
Lectures will present the Israeli macroeconomic environment through different features and parameters: the banking and finance systems; high-tech corporations: their corporate culture and position in the Israeli market; the dynamics of the advanced technological sectors: technology transfers and commercialization, M&A's; funding channels and alternatives: government support and investment, the VC perspective, startup financing.
DBI introduces students to the dynamics of the Israeli entrepreneurial environment by analyzing Israeli corporations representing different sectors and industries, differing in size and stage of development. The cases allow students to acquire an understanding of strategic issues and corporate culture in high-tech corporations, by taking a top management perspective and formulating a competitive business-level strategy for their assigned cases.
The ventures and corporations presented and analyzed within the framework of the seminar includes high-tech, pharmaceuticals and retail exporters, security industries, producers of advanced technological devices and solutions and innovative startups: Teva, Makhteshim-Agan, Strauss-Elite, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Designs, Tefron, Given Imaging, Kaiima and Applied Cognitive Engineering (ACE).
Master Classes & Talks with Practitioners
DBI master classes introduce the seminar's participants to the perspective of entrepreneurs, CEOs, investors and government officials involved in policymaking, funding and business processes taking place in the Israeli high-tech and entrepreneurship scenes. Through these talks and encounters, DBI participants come to appreciate the diversity of professional considerations associated with innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the challenges to be tackled.
Company & Startup Visits
The industrial field trips held within the framework of the Seminar allow participants to learn about entrepreneurship, innovation and high-tech in their actual scene of occurrence, exposing them to the actual processes of production. Visits take place to a diversity of ventures, locations and production sites, demonstrating the multifaceted nature of the Israeli entrepreneurship and high-tech.
Learn more about the Israeli business ecosystem and the DBI program from the Academic Director, Udi Aharoni.
Join us for our next DBI program!
Winter 2023-24: Sunday, December 31, 2023 - Saturday, January 6, 2024
Check-in: December 30, 2023
Check-out: January 7, 2024
Spring 2024: Sunday, May 19 - Saturday, May 26, 2024
Check-in: May 18
Check-out: May 27
Accommodation for 8 nights: Check-in and check-out of the hotel are a day before the program begins and a day after it concludes.
Students from PIM or bilateral partner-schools:
- USD 2,400 per student for double occupancy*
- USD 3,400 for student for single occupancy*
Students from non-partner schools:
- USD 3,400 per student for double occupancy*
- USD 4,400 for student for single occupancy*
*Registration fee does not cover airfare, insurance or transportation to and from the airport.
For more information about the program please contact: