TIP—Transdisciplinary Innovation Program

“I didn't get where I am by thinking about it or dreaming it. I got there by doing it.” —Estee Lauder


The Startup Spirit

The startup sector has exploded in the past few years, and Israel has become one of the leaders therein. What’s our secret? Entrepreneurs. Without them, amazing ideas would simply remain ideas.

TIP was established in 2014, and has since blossomed into a unique program aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs, and dedicated to granting the practical and relevant skills that will help students take their dreams and turn them into realities.

Experience an accelerated entrepreneurial journey at the center of the world-renowned Startup Nation, where entrepreneurs are developing game-changing ventures that are globally impacting multiple industries.

The program

TIP (Transdisciplinary Innovation Program) is an international summer program where third- and fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students learn about entrepreneurship through tours and guest lectures. The program is geared towards English-speakers who have a strong interest and drive to learn and grow in entrepreneurship through first-hand experience and intensive workshops. TIP students are motivated, driven, and focused.

TIP students learn about the typical steps in establishing a startup, undergo training for raising funds from investors in Israel and abroad, and learn and practice tools, as well as acquire skills for solving common problems. TIP lecturers are researchers, executives, entrepreneurs, and investors in both academia and industry.

The heart of TIP is the team project; accordingly, participants need to be team players who can also be independent and take the lead in various aspects of their project. At the program’s closing ceremony, participants present their projects to potential investors.

This “Demo Day” gives students an opportunity to actualize their ideas and to begin establishing their own startup “right out of the gate”. TIP addresses many fields, including cyber, virtual reality, biological engineering, and more, so that students will find relevant skills in any area in which they wish to engage.

Why TIP?

TIP students sharpen their creative skills to develop new venture ideas and experience the process of turning an idea into a product. During the process, they learn about today’s leading entrepreneurial methodologies, such as Design Thinking and Lean Launchpad, how to pitch to investors, meet industry leaders, visit the hottest companies and startups in Israel, develop the first stages of their startups, and more.

TIP students undergo a uniquely practical, intensive four- to six-week program, for which they receive 6 credits toward their MBAs. The first four weeks of TIP cover a world-class curriculum that includes computer vision, big-data/cyber, bioengineering, and entrepreneurship. This is followed by a week focused on special themes in space and design, and two weeks dedicated to students’ projects. All this culminates in a final event where students have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of actual investors and accelerators.

Instruction is carried out through lectures, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours of emerging startups, on-site visits to major technology companies, and fireside group discussions with experienced angel investors and VCs.

TIP students do a deep dive into today’s most influential technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Bio-Engineering, and the Internet of Things (IoT); and grasp their power to transform industries such as health, finance, agriculture, food, education, urban systems, transportation and more. TIP inspires and empowers students to apply their acquired knowledge to formulate innovative solutions to complex problems.

TIP instructors

Dr. Dan Marom—Head of TIP

Dr. Marom holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the Hebrew University, an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from the Open University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University. His research addresses entrepreneurial finance and crowdsourcing. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Marom is part owner of a consultancy that addresses various projects in technology and development, and served as the CEP of Breyer Group PLC.

Michael Mizrachi—CEO of the Engineering Accelerator AtoB of Jerusalem’s Azrieli Engineering College.