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Israel Lab student teams partner with Israeli host organizations to work on complex problems in critical areas with an emphasis on early stage ventures and their growth.

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15.248 Israel Lab: Startup Nation's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem 

Israel, like MIT, is a global leader and a center of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our Israel Lab student teams partner with Israeli host organizations to work on complex problems in critical areas, including cybersecurity, life sciences, clean technology, analytics, and many more, with an emphasis on early stage ventures and their growth.

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Innovating in the Start-Up Nation 

Our students work with a variety of exciting start-up companies on the ground in Israel. From healthcare and agriculture, to analytics and artificial intelligence, our students are making an impact in Israel's start-up culture. 

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The Class

Teams work for their host organizations on a three-month project engagement: they work remotely from MIT for two months during the fall, and full-time, on site, at their host organizations for three weeks in January. The organizations collaborate with their student teams to define the project scope, develop work plans, and determine the deliverables the teams will create. Israel Lab teams deliver significant, concrete value to their host organizations.Equally important are the unprecedented opportunities for students to apply their leading-edge classroom learning to complex issues of innovation and entrepreneurship in real time.This course is offered in collaboration with MISTI's MIT-Israel Program. 

Student Bidding Process

Bidding for Israel Lab takes place in spring, around early May. All Sloan and other MIT graduate students are eligible to take this course. 

Are you an undergraduate interested in Israel Lab? Contact Scott Alessandro at in order to apply. 

Student Timeline

  • October

    Students form teams and are matched with projects. 

  • Late October

    Class begins.

  • Mid-November

    Students come up with a project work plan. 

  • Early December

    Students submit an interim research report.

  • January IAP

    Teams work full time on site in Israel for three weeks.

  • Early February

    Teams debrief.

  • Mid-February

    Students present posters  on Poster Day, and final deliverables are due. 

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The Benefits of Becoming a Host Organization

Israel Lab, like each of MIT Sloan’s Action Learning courses, delivers measurable impact—to the enthusiastic MIT students who participate, and to the companies who benefit from the groundbreaking project work that is part of every Action Learning lab.

Israel Lab is a unique opportunity for Israeli startups:

  • to work with a team of skilled, business-savvy MIT students on specific issues startups are facing
  • to collaborate to find concrete, implementable solutions through research, analysis, and knowledge sharing
  • to gain insights and guidance from a student team with wide-ranging skills, work experiences, and cultural backgrounds
Project Scope

When selecting their project scope, host companies can choose from a broad spectrum of business challenges, such as strategic growth, new market entry, pricing, marketing, benchmarking, VC and fundraising, and financial strategy.

Israel Lab strongly emphasizes concrete “leave-behinds” as a primary component of the teams’ project deliverables. For example, student teams may deliver tools such as financial models, potential customer/investor/partner pipelines and screens, and go-to-market roadmaps.

Student Teams

Israel Lab teams are typically comprised of four MIT students representing a range of backgrounds and expertise, from management consulting and financial services to engineering, technology, and operations. Each team works with an Israel Lab mentor who meets with the team and oversees the team’s progress, both logistically and substantively. The team, however, is in charge of building and managing the relationship with their host company.



  • June Through September

    Application and Project Scoping Companies submit applications to host an Israel Lab team.

    • describe the scope of the challenges they are facing and the solutions they would like an Israel Lab team to work on;
    • detail the skillsets and expertise they believe would be most useful for team members to possess
  • Early November

     Projects are matched with teams; team commences project work

  • Early November through mid-December

    REMOTE PHASE: Team collaborates with host company remotely from MIT's campus; team undertakes initial research

  • Three consecutive weeks in January

    ONSITE PHASE: Team works full-time onsite at host company in Israel. The majority of project work happens during this intensive onsite phase in January.

  • Final day of onsite phase

    Final team presentation to host company

  • Mid-February

    Host company receives final deliverables from team

  • February

    Invoicing and payment

  • February

    Feedback survey

The Project Calendar

Teams work for their host organizations on a three-month project engagement. Potential host organizations submit online questionnaires through September, in which they describe the scope of the challenges they are facing and the solutions they would like an Israel Lab team to work on. We ask potential hosts to detail the skillsets and expertise they believe would be most useful for team members to possess. Israel Lab faculty and mentors are available to assist organizations in shaping and defining their project scope for the questionnaire.

In the fall, Israel Lab faculty match approved host organizations with the best-qualified teams. From November through December, the teams work with their hosts from campus to finalize the scope and agree on a workplan, and then undertake research, interviews, and analysis. Host organizations and teams build their working relationships through online collaboration and regular conference calls throughout this remote phase.

In January, when MIT classes are not in session, teams work full-time onsite at their host organizations’ offices in Israel for three consecutive weeks.** The teams’ final deliverables include a formal presentation and, more importantly, a concrete analysis that host organizations can begin to use immediately.

**We ask that you allow your team time away from work for cultural activities that MIT Sloan coordinates for the student group. The dates of these activities will be communicated to host companies in advance.

Host Company Obligations

Host organizations receive optimal results when the CEO or other senior managers are available to devote focused time and energy to the project and to working directly with the Israel Lab team, especially while teams are onsite. Please make sure that the appropriate leaders will be available to work with and guide the student team.

While MIT Sloan does not charge companies a fee for engaging an Israel Lab team, host companies do assume responsibility for 1) round-trip coach airfare for the team, and 2) modest, safe lodging while they are in Israel.

Host companies should be comprised of at least 15 employees, and must provide a clear project statement and project objective.

In order to participate, companies will complete the Israel Lab new project questionnaire. If you are interested in becoming a host company for Israel Lab, please contact with your questions or ideas.

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Teaching Faculty

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen

Economics, Finance and Accounting

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Master's Programs

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Eran Ben-Joseph

Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. Department Head.

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Ziv Conen


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David Dolev

Managing Director, Programs in the Middle East, MISTI. Assistant Director, MIST.

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Issi Rozen


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Raphael (Rafi) Yahalom

Affiliated Researcher

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Gad Yair


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