Israel’s innovation ecosystem is one of the most admired in the world. Israel is a leader in health, environmental, and ecological innovation, and despite its small size, Israel is home to a disproportionate number of successful start-ups. Israel combines history, culture, politics, and religion in unparalleled ways that influence not only the human and planetary health innovation ecosystem, but all aspects of life. Students in this course will (1) develop an understanding of how socio-cultural conditions, including political, regulatory, military, and academic institutions; geographical, historical, environmental, and technological conditions; and human cultures and activities have shaped the innovation ecosystem in human and planetary health in Israel into one of the world’s most productive centers; (2) gain an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages faced by entrepreneurs in Israel, how they have evolved, and how they compare to the experience of entrepreneurs in the US and elsewhere; and (3) develop a strategy for delving more deeply into these themes in Israel. Note, this course will meet a total of four times during spring term. REGISTRATION is limited to undergraduate students participating in the Bing Overseas Study Program in Israel, Summer 2022. Prerequisites: This course is limited in enrollment to undergraduate students who will be participating in the Summer 2022 Bing Overseas Study Program (BOSP) Seminar in Israel, Exploring Israel’s Innovation Ecosystem in Human and Planetary Health: Can A startup Culture and Technology Change the World?
Instructors: Bloom, G. (PI) ; Singer, S. (PI)