Posted: March 22, 2018

Israel over the last decade has become an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Ten students and their professors traveled there in early March to learn more.

Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break.

Israel has been a hotbed of innovation and technological exploration. The country boasts more than 4,200 startups, the highest per capita in the world, and according to Forbes, more than 250 global companies have research and development (R&D) labs in Israel today, 80 of which are Fortune 500 companies.

What better place, then, for a group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) minor to travel over spring break? The 10 students, along with three faculty members, spent the week visiting a number of Israeli startup companies and government officials while exploring the Israeli culture and historical landmarks.

During our 10-hour flight our anticipation grew as each of us imagined what our week in Israel would be like. We weren't exactly sure of what we'd encounter and how this experience would enrich us.

Read Dr. Mark Gagnon's blog post about the trip.

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