BRI Academic: Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship I Shorashim - Israel With Israelis

BRI Academic: Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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"Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Silicon Wadi"

Upgrade your Birthright Israel experience this summer by earning 3 college credits from a highly-accredited university on this adventure that goes beyond what you could ever imagine!

This is your chance to explore Israel as a hub of innovation, technology, and start-up culture through this one-of-a-kind adventure that goes beyond the classroom, integrating coursework into your experiences and giving you the unique opportunity to design your own venture. 

Explore the start-up nation through the eyes of the locals as you connect to the country and culture through the lens of its innovative start-up scene, technological achievements, and entrepreneurial spirit. 

With the highest number of start-ups per capita in the world, Israel's ranking as a global technology hub for industry leaders and start-ups alike make it the perfect place to experience and absorb the start-up industry. Run through IDC's Adelson School of Enterpreneuship, this one-of-a-kind program offers you the unparalleled opportunity to learn from top-rated professors, network with leaders in Israel's booming start-up industry, and so much more through this outstanding course. 


Birthright Israel Academic is an exceptional, 12-day immersive educational experience that allows for the opportunity to earn up to 3 college credits through course learning that is integrated directly into your Birthright Israel itinerary, including outdoor lectures in the field and on campus.

Birthright Israel Academic combines the ultimate adventure of our award-winning Birthright Israel experience with world-renowned education from IDC Herzliya.

Through this one-of-a-kind journey, not only will you see Israel as a hub of innovation, technology, and start-up culture, but you'll get the unique opportunity to design your own venture and connect to Israel in a way that you could never have imagined!

We're thrilled to kick-off our second year of this program! Make sure to check out what students and staff has to say about the incredible experience last summer!

This program is open to all undergraduate students, especially those who are majoring in, minoring in, or interested in technology, innovation, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and more.

Dates: May 17, 2017-May 30, 2017 

Cost: $500

Ages: 18-24

Mimimum Requirements: 3.0 or higher GPA

Academic Credits: 3

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IDC's Adelson School of Enterpreneurship is home to more than a dozen prestigious programs in the sector, working with international partners in the United States, Singapore, Germany and more.

Modeled after Ivy League universities in the U.S and located just minutes from Tel Aviv, the school is positioned to provide participants with the most hands-on, in-depth, and cutting-edge experience led by some of the finest lecturers and researchers from the global arena with international recognition.


Whether you are majoring in business, political science, philosophy, writing, or math, you can gain relevant professional development experience and real world skills to advance your capabilities in any field through this incredible course.

By uniquely combining a professional, immersive study-abroad experience that integrates some of the most fascinating aspects of, and innovators in, the Israeli start-up scene with a global venture creation crash-course, rooted in a learning-by doing approach, this cutting-edge course will expand your educational perspective and give your resume an entrepreneurial edge needed in today's constantly evolving global marketplace.

Launched through an introduction to the Israeli entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, this program merges fireside chats with entrepreneurs with hands-on opportunities to learn about Israel's economic challenges and start-up financing.

Through dynamic excursions to a variety of companies, including WeWorkTerra VenturesGiven ImagingReWalk RoboticsOurCrowdSiftech AcceleratorJerusalem Venture Partners – VC FirmMobileyeThe JVP Cyber Labs IncubatorBGN TechnologiesGoogle Launchpad, and more, you'll immerse yourself in the booming start-up culture of Israel and soak in its entrepreneurial spirit.

To learn more, please see the syllabus here.

*Please note that these companies are exemplary and not yet confirmed.


  • Lecturer: Dr. Barak Ben-Avinoam, Partner at Behamou Global Ventures -  Dr. Ben-Avinoam is a Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), a Silicon Valley based, early-stage venture capital fund that focuses on innovative Enterprise IT companies. Dr. Ben-Avinoam manages BGV’s operations in Israel, and is responsible for identifying and mentoring the Israeli companies in BGV’s portfolio.

  • Vice Dean: Dr. Yossi Maaravi, Vice Dean at Adelson School of Entrepreneurship - As the head of the B.A. program in Entrepreneurship, Academic Director of the CO-OP Start-Up Experience course, head of the LEUMI Center for Innovation, and the director of IDC IMPACT, Dr. Yossi Maaravi oversees the Entrepreneurial Mangement program while conducting front-line research that focuses on decision-making, negotiation and creativity. 


IDC-Herzliya is accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Council for Higher Education. The university maintains study-abroad agreements with many top academic institutions in the United States and worldwide. If your school does not appear on the list of schools with credit transfer agreements, we recommend consulting with your home study abroad office about whether credits received through this program can transfer. Even if your home school appears on the IDC list, we still recommend consulting with your home study abroad office in advance to confirm the credits will transfer. If you need additional assistance with this process, please call Shorashim at (312) 267-0677 or email


Birthright Israel Academic works with leading academic institutions in Israel and are currently only running in the summer season. Like any Birthright Israel experience, you will first need to apply and pay your $250 refundable deposit. 

Fill out your application now and then look out for an email from with next steps, including providing your transcript and payment for the course. 

The Birthright Israel Academic program cost is $500, which is a non-refundable fee paid directly to IDC Herzliya. 

It is required to submit a final paper at the end of the program to complete all program requirements. Once all requirements are met, the academic institution will issue you an official transcript reflecting your obtained course credits. 

If you are interested in attending the academic program, please send us a message at or add in your info here. Make sure to check out our FAQ and we’ll be in touch shortly with next steps!

More About this Adventure:

"What makes this program so interesting and unique is that we get to start the morning where we learn...and then a couple hours later we're exploring things hands on. It's one of the most interesting classes I've taken in my enitre academic career and it's special that we get to take it in such a unique place in the world and on such a unique program such as Birthright Israel Academic."

Corey Alpert