SCI 230 - Global Aspects of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jerusalem cityscape

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Travel to Israel!

Learn about scientific innovation and entrepreneurship in a global context through experiential learning and cultural exchange. The course will be taking place August 17 to September 3, 2019.

Deadline to register for the course: May 31st.


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 and travel for 18 days, during which the focus will be on cultural exchange and experiential learning. The course will be delivered in partnership with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Students from both universities will reside and travel as one cohort throughout the duration of the program. The course will commence at the University of Waterloo, Canada (approximately 6 days), and end at Technion, Israel (the remaining 12 days). 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.

In Canada, students will attend a lecture on Israeli history and the current political and social climate.

In Israel, students will visit the following locations: THE HESEG, Dead Sea, Yad Vashem, major tourists attractions and cultural sites in Jerusalem (including Old City of 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 be at least 2A, Faculty of Science student or member of a Velocity Science team (University of Waterloo)
  • Velocity Science participants must have engaged the program for at least 4 months and have demonstrated progress in venture exploration or development, through one or more of the following:
    • a completed business model canvass reviewed by Velocity Business Advisor;
    • completed technology development plan;
    • participation in Velocity programming e.g. Velocity Venture Funds (VFF 5K competition), workshops, brainstorming sessions, and board meetings with Velocity Business Advisors.
  • 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

Dr. Adrien Côté headshot

Dr. Adrien Côté

Velocity Science Business Advisor

Co-Instructor from Technion

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Shelly Lev

Faculty of IE&M at 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.


Application process

The course will take place from August 17 to September 3, 2019. The course will start in Waterloo (~6 days) and finish in Israel (~12 days).

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

  1. Register by contacting Dr. Okey Igboeli, before May 31st.

  2. Pay the course fee.

  3. Review Waterloo International's information for students (including completing the Pre-Orientation departure).

  4. Participate in Waterloo Federation of Students (FEDS) Health and Dental Plan, or provide proof of alternate equivalent health insurance coverage for the duration of the program.

  5. Ensure the appropriate travel requirements are met (ie. securing a visa). University of Waterloo has no influence on Israeli immigration policy and cannot guarantee that all students that are interested in the exchange program will be allowed to enter Israel.




The price includes:

  • Some meals (may be up to 50%)
  • All accommodation
  • All travel expenses

Students are recommended to bring approximately $300CAD for additional expenses.

Note: This cost is in addition to tuition.

Additional Information

  • Accommodation is in hotels and other campus student/guest lodging. The intent is that accommodation will be shared space (i.e. two students per room). 
  • Packing - Students will be granted one checked and one hand luggage. Students should bring comfortable clothes and footwear; note that it is very hot during this time of the year in Israel. Business formal attire will also be required.

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