Entrepreneurship at IDC

The Adelson School of Entrepreneurship

The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit characterizing the IDC from its inception has only intensified. Campus entrepreneurial activity is on the rise and in 2013 the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship was inaugurated to become a springboard for student entrepreneurship and a gateway to Israel’s startup community. Generously funded by US businessman, philanthropist and investor, Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, the Adelson School was established to harness IDC Herzliya’s robust entrepreneurial culture, innovative spirit and creative talent, and become one of the world’s leading centers for the study and practice of entrepreneurship.

The Zell Entrepreneurship Program

The Zell Entrepreneurship Program, generously funded by Mr. Sam Zell of Chicago, is renowned as one of the leading university-based venture creation programs in the world. The program, now in its 15th year, provides outstanding students with a year of customized learning and hands-on practical experience, taking them from ideation through implementation and finally launching a real company. Currently, Zell alumni ventures employ hundreds of people in 51 active, registered companies. Eight companies developed by graduates of the Zell Program have made exits, collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of these success stories include: the Gifts Project (sold to eBay), PicScout (sold to Getty Images), Somoto (IPO on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange) and many more.

Ventures by Zell Alumni

IDC’s Entrepreneurship Club

Entrepreneurship doesn’t stop in the classroom and a top-down approach is not sufficient for promoting entrepreneurship. The IDC Entrepreneurship Club is one of IDC’s largest student-run clubs. It uses a bottom-up approach to promote and encourage entrepreneurship among students by offering programs and events operated by students. The club, which reaches over 2,000 students, strives to provide them with practical tools and knowledge in various fields of entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship, women’s entrepreneurship, green biz and many more.