IDC opens Israel’s first BA in entrepreneurship

Double major in entrepreneurship and business is now open for registration at Herzliya institute

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

IDC speed-dates students with startups (Courtesy: Adi Cohen Zedek)
IDC speed-dates students with startups (Courtesy: Adi Cohen Zedek)

Israel’s IDC Herzliya will be opening Israel’s first BA program in entrepreneurship after the private university got the green light for the program by Israel’s Council for Higher Education.

The new double major BA program, combining business administration and entrepreneurship studies, will be held in partly in English and will provide students with the “knowledge and the tools” to implement their ideas and initiatives. The entrepreneurship classes will be in English, while the business classes will be partly in English and partly in Hebrew, the IDC said. Registration is now open and studies will start in October.

The BA will be based on the IDC’s 16-year experience in running entrepreneurship study programs for its students: it will combine academic studies with hands on experience in setting up a business, setting out a strategy, networking initiatives and mentorships with key figures from the high-tech industry. Students will also be trained to set up a prototype of innovative products. The university plans to expand the double major to other fields as well, like setting up a entrepreneurship and computer sciences double major, for example.

As Israel boasts the greatest number of startups per capita in the world, garnering the title of Startup Nation, entrepreneurship courses have been sprouting at universities and colleges throughout the country, meeting a grassroots demand. These programs aim to arm students with much needed theory along with a toolbox of mentorships, networking and tips on how best to approach investors for funding.

Students at Herzliya's IDC. (Courtesy)
Students at Herzliya’s IDC. (Courtesy)

IDC was founded in 1994 by Prof. Uriel Reichman as a private, nonprofit institution for higher education that doesn’t rely on government subsidies. Israel’s Council for Higher Education is responsible for higher education in the country, including setting policy and ensuring the independence of the system.

(This update corrects an earlier version of the article that said the studies would all be in English, as was previously stated by the University)

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