Rich History in the Start Up Nation

From New York to Tel Aviv

Dan Heinrich, Class of 2018

In January, an assortment of 40 full-time and part-time MBA students traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, in search of learning a little more about doing business in (DBi) another country.  Israel is known as the “Start Up Nation,” so our program focused on startups and entrepreneurship and how a relatively small country like this could have such a disruptive impact on technology and the rest of the world.  Thankfully, we weren’t disappointed!

Photos courtesy of Dan Heinrich

We studied at the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University with classes focusing on creativity, innovation, intrapreneurship, and entrepreneurship in varying industries.  As much as we learned in the classroom, the real value of the DBi experience came from out of the classroom.  One of the first nights we had in Israel was a dinner we had with the startup EatWith, a company where ordinary people can host dinners in their apartment as if it were a restaurant.  The food was incredible and it felt like visiting family and having an authentic home cooked meal abroad!

We visited agricultural technology companies like Kaiima and Netafim, who specialize in next generation seed treatment and innovative drip irrigation technologies.  In downtown Tel Aviv, we visited several technology startups and towards the end of our trip we visited IDE Technologies, a water treatment plant that engineers salt water into drinkable tap water for Israel along with other industry leading technologies.

With regards to culture, Israel offered incredible history, a multitude of cuisines, and truly beautiful vantages and people.  NYU hosted tours of both an old district in Tel Aviv known as Jaffa as well as a day trip to Jerusalem.  Additionally, our hotel was steps from the famous Dizengoff Street with some of the best bars, restaurants, and nightlife imaginable.  A group of students organized an authentic Israeli cooking class and cooked arguably some of the best hummus, pita, falafel, and kebabs we had during our stay.

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