Text and Photos: Tiina Brandt, Jennifer Johnson, Pia Hautamäki, Carolina Pajula
- To understand the Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, the variables that make it successful, and how we can cultivate similar variables at TAMK
- To identify resources and networks that will be valuable for entrepreneurship training, student internship opportunities, and possible university collaborations, specifically for our upcoming new program.
This visit is a part of Y-Kampus’ ongoing research when preparing the new program, which is a new, 30-credits training program that will begin at Fall 2018. As a part of this program, participants will also be highly encouraged to complete an international internship. Because of Tel Aviv’s innovation and entrepreneurship renown, we have decided Tel Aviv to be one of the possible location.
Before our trip we were wondering what makes Israel so successful at entrepreneurship and innovations. After our explorative trip with many meetings of different delegations, the common explanations were that because of Israel’s lack of natural resources and because of Israel’s ongoing conflicts with many of its neighbors, the country has had an urgent need to be innovative and entrepreneurial throughout its history.
Israel’s innovative and entrepreneurial high-tech orientation is recognized globally and it is called as the “Start-Up Nation”. Three more reasons were given, for Israel’s success:
- Military service, which fosters strong teams, creativity, strong problem-solving skills and ability to dare to achieve the impossible
- Immigration; 9 out of 10 Jewish Israelis today are immigrants, and the diversity of background, experience, skills, and mindset has proven critical for innovation
- Government policies, which are very encouraging and supportive for investments in entrepreneurship and innovation.
The city of Tel Aviv has transformed into the financial center and entrepreneurial, technological hub of Israel. The city is very busy, and is just as lively at night as it is during the day. We will continue to apply our learning to Y-Kampus research, development, and programming. We look forward to continued collaboration with our new colleagues in Israel, and to the benefit these relationships on Y-Kampus and TAMK.
If you are interested to work towards future with us, please contact us for more information!
Y-Kampus TAMK Crew