SCI 230 - Global Aspects of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Experience Canadian & Israeli Innovation and Culture

Learn about scientific innovation and entrepreneurship in a global context through experiential learning.

Due to the global impact of COVID-19, the international travel aspect of this course has been cancelled for 2021. Instead, the course has been adapted to foster learning through remote delivery.


Commercialization of scientific innovations is one of the major driving forces behind global technology and economic advancement. Entrepreneurship remains one of the leading ways through which scientific innovations are brought to market and societal benefits are realized. Globally, several regions (including Canada and Israel) stand as leaders in turning research into entrepreneurial commercial ventures. Each have their own cultural elements that create a business. Waterloo and Technion are among the leading entrepreneurial and innovative institutions in the world.

The exchange program enables select students from Canadian and Israeli Universities to study for approximately 3 weeks, during which the focus will be on cultural exchange and experiential learning. The course will be delivered online in partnership with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The focus of the course is on technological scientific innovation and entrepreneurship from a global perspective. This course creates a unique opportunity for collision of innovative and entrepreneurial ideas among students from both institutions.

University of Waterloo students will attend a lecture on Israeli history and the current political and social climate. Over the 3 weeks, both University of Waterloo and Technion students will learn about unique technological innovations and global entrepreneurship, including virtual presentations from Canadian and Israeli based companies and sites.

Virtual experience of Israeli sites may include: The HESEG, Dead Sea, Yad Vashem and other cultural sites in Jerusalem, Haifa, Akko, Nazareth, Safed, Tiberias, and Galilee.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Conceptualize innovative ideas
  • Transform innovative ideas to commercially viable products
  • Develop entrepreneurial plans for new technologies
  • Discuss variety of approaches to entrepreneurship based on several global settings


  • Students must have completed 1B term in a Faculty of Science program (University of Waterloo)
  • There are 24 spots available each year (18 Waterloo and 6 Technion students).
    • This course is intended for students with limited direct experience with Israel in order to promote cultural exchange.
  • Students must be in satisfactory academic standing and receive departmental consent.


Dr. Okey Igboeli headshot

Dr. Okey Igboeli

Lecturer, Science and Business


Co-Instructor from Technion

Dina Raphael

Dr. Dina Raphael 

Lecturer, Department of Humanities and Arts & THUB - Israel Institute of Technology

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Course evaluation

  • Personal reflection A (individual)- 10%
  • Personal reflection B (individual)- 10%
  • Class participation (individual)- 10%
  • Start-up simulation -10%
  • Written report (group)- 35%
  • Oral presentation (group)- 25%

Students will need 50% to pass the course.


Group of students posed in the Israeli countryside

Landscape of Tiberias

Credit: Daniel Weber

Application process

The course will take place from August 17 to September 2, 2021.

Students will have to complete the following before they are allowed to go:

  1. Register by completing the SCI 230 Application Form.

  2. Students will have the choice to add the course to either Spring or Fall. Students pay full price per course for each 0.5 unit up to 2.0 and then half price for the final 0.5 unit which brings them to 2.5. Courses added above 2.5 units are free.  Please visit Student Financial Services for more details.


Additional Information

  • A laptop is required for the course. A list of required reading resources will be provided to registered students.

  • Scheduled online class activities will be offered weekly Monday to Thursday (August 17 to September 2, 2021) for approximately three hours per day between 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon) EST. The course schedule will be provided prior to the first day of class.