Several research centers and foundations assist and promote academic research within the Business School. The centers organize conferences, workshops, and seminars in their respective fields. These research centers have been established with resources donated by international companies and generous individuals. The research centers support research conducted by faculty members of the Business School and encourage publication in leading journals.
The Asper Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Asper Center was established in 2001, with the goal of supporting research and teaching courses in entrepreneurship, including the courses Business Entrepreneurship, Internet Entrepreneurship, and more. In addition to its academic activities, the Asper Center supports HUstart, the Hebrew University Entrepreneurship Center, which holds an annual Asper Lecture featuring a leading international researcher in entrepreneurship and innovation; and sponsors a Meet the CEO series, which exposes students and graduates to executives in leading Israeli companies.
The Hebrew University Fintech Center, Founded by Sima & Shlomo Gershon
The Hebrew University Fintech Center was established in 2018 by entrepreneur and academic Professor David (Dudi) Gershon. The center is named after Professor Gershon’s parents, Sima and Shlomo Gershon. The goal of the Fintech Center is to create an ecosystem for the Israeli FinTech sector, which includes startups, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and investors. The Gershon Fintech Center promotes entrepreneurship, the use of advanced technologies such as machine learning and big data analysis, strategic thinking, and market penetration. As an independent and non-profit entity, the center assists in linking startups to technology companies, and runs a mentorship program for entrepreneurs so that they can receive guidance from experienced entrepreneurs and access to experts from diverse disciplines.
Brian Davidson Center for Agribusiness
The center was established in 1988, and managed in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Faculty of Agriculture. The center’s mission is to encourage research in marketing, agricultural economics, organizational theory, business policy, and other related fields. The center organizes workshops on topics related to the export of agricultural produce, marketing of agricultural produce in Israel, and seminars on Israeli agriculture.
K-Mart Center for Retail and International Marketing
The center was established in 1990, with the mission of encouraging research in marketing theory, functioning of retail systems, international marketing, and marketing management. The center has established a unique and innovative laboratory for “Purchase Imaging”, a world leader of its type, and specializes in consumer behavior research in supermarkets and department stores.
Kruger Center of Finance
The center was established in 1984, and specializes in theoretical research in finance and banking, and applied research relevant to the Israeli business world and economy. The center supports visits of researchers and the holding of seminars in finance and banking. The research conducted under its auspices is published in leading finance and banking journals. The Kruger Center is one of the supporters of the business school’s trading room activity.