Technion GNAM Week 2016 program focused on Start-up Nation with an emphasis on culture, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In this week 40 students participated from Yale (USA), Renmin (China), Hitotsubashi (Japan), IIMB (India), EGADE (Mexico), FGV (Brazil), and Technion (Israel).
The program consisted of lectures on the entrepreneurial culture in Israel, involving the students in a workshop on the lean start-up, and assigning team projects to them on founding a new start-up, which they presented at the end of the program. In addition, the students listened to lectures on the Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem, on managing the innovation process, culture and innovation, teamwork and innovation, e-Commerce, and more. In addition to the lectures, students visited incubators and start-ups both in Haifa and in Tel-Aviv, and they had a chance to listen to faculty members as well as entrepreneurs and a venture capitalist. The students spent two nights in Haifa and the rest of the time in Tel-Aviv. Students presented their start-ups on the last day of the meeting, before the trip to Jerusalem. There was a group of evaluators who evaluated the “products” on different dimensions that served for evaluation. Two teams also won the best dissertation paper.
“Altogether, there was a very good atmosphere, and we have the feeling that the students gained a lot after this workshop,” said Miriam Erez, Technion's Mendes France Chair of Management & Economics.