DBi: Israel

Elspeth Rollert, MBA Class of 2014

This past January, twenty-nine NYU Stern and Langone students representing thirteen nationalities traveled to Israel for a two-week DBI program. The course’s aim was to help students better understand the dynamics of the Israeli entrepreneurial environment. Through a partnership with Tel Aviv University’s Recanatic Business School, students attended lectures on the Israeli economy, concentrating on companies differing in size, industry, and life cycle. Beyond the classroom, coursework included several company visits ranging from start-ups such as Kaiima (seed and breeding-technology company) and Infinity Augmented Reality (software platform provider for the digital eyewear experience) to multinational corporations such as pharmaceutical giant Teva.

“DBI Israel was a wide-opening experience to a very unique culture, way of doing business, and success story. A nation like Israel can only be understood by immersing oneself into its rich and complex culture so as to understand its past, present and future,” MBA 2 Francisco Scannone said.

To get a greater perspective of the country’s rich ethos, the students visited a kibbutz, a collective community that is uniquely Israeli and traditionally based on agriculture; dined at BlackOut, a pitch-black restaurant with a staff of blind waiters; and traversed the streets of Old Jaffa, the oldest part of Tel Aviv inhabited some 7,500 years B.C.

The course ended with a day-long guided tour of Jerusalem, which included stops at the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and a roof top view of the Dome of the Rick and El Aqsa Mosque among other sites.

Finally, it would be remiss not to mention and to thank David (MBA 1996) and Julie Stonberg who made a generous gift in honor of Professor William L. Silber to the DBI Israel program.  This resulted in a reduction of the program fee for all enrolled students.

“The DBI will arguably be one of the most rewarding parts of my MBA experience,” Scannone said, and I couldn’t agree more.

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