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About Lahav Executive Education - Leading Excellence

Lahav Executive Education of Coller School of Management, Tel-Aviv University, is the leading developer and provider of executive education in Israel. Lahav's mission is to contribute to the development of organizational management resources and to talent management, as well as providing an academic home for managers for developing knowledge, skills and abilities throughout their career.

Tailor-made programs for government officials, high level executives and entrepreneurs

Effective innovation abilities, entrepreneurial mindset methodologies, and proven abilities to innovate are strategic assets any company should hold. What is even more essential is the ability to intertwine these systems and abilities into a coherent process – "intrapreneurship" - in order to create sustainable competitive advantage. The role of sound methodologies of innovation and entrepreneurship is to transform good ideas into actual products and services that will create value for the company and the society as a whole.  

Lahav's programs introduce state of the art knowledge and best practices, dealing with innovation, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, business strategy, commercialization of knowledge and other disciplines critical to the success of leading business initiatives. Moreover, the programs augment the ties between the participants, government officials, high level executives and technological entrepreneurs, with the Israeli advanced technological industries, and the Israeli business community in general. 

In the last years Lahav has been hosting delegations of high level executives, government officials and entrepreneurs from China, India, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Russia and more.

We offer these unique programs for mutual learning and growth, bringing together international and Israeli talents - individuals who have a great influence on their respective communities. 

We invite government officials, high level executives and entrepreneurs from all countries to enrich, educate and enjoy themselves in one of the most vital and dynamic countries, working with the leading institution of higher education in the region.

About Tel Aviv University (TAU) – Driving Knowledge, Innovation and entrepreneurship

Located at the heart of Israel's high-tech and cultural center, TAU represents Israel at its best – global, dynamic and innovative.
TAU is the largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education in the country. With over 30,000 students, TAU offers 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and arts, together with Israel's biggest medical teaching and research complex. 
At TAU, “interdisciplinary” is a core value of the academic culture. Recognized centers of collaborative excellence are in brain studies, environmental studies, nanoscience, renewable energy, cyber security, genomics, bioinformatics, biophysics, archeology, Jewish studies, and film, among others. 

TAU's appeal to global partners rests on its rankings, interdisciplinary strength and central location. TAU is number one in Israel in the number and impact of research publications, and is consistently selected by students as their first choice among Israel's 69 colleges and universities.
Leading universities and organizations around the world actively seek out TAU as partners in research and teaching programs. These include Harvard University in astrophysics, Johns Hopkins in epidemiology, UC Berkeley in Law, Kellogg in business, the NIH in medicine, NASA in space, the US Department of Defense in security technologies, the University of Toronto in neuroscience, CERN in physics, and many others. Tel Aviv University also has links with giants in technology and industry such as Intel, Google, Tata, Merz and Johnson & Johnson. 
In addition, TAU has agreements and MOU's with more than 30 universities and research institutes throughout China (e.g. Tsinghua University, Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, etc).
Academic relations focus on collaboration in the areas of education, research and technology transfer. The last is very attractive to the business community which is keen to collaborate with TAU. Indeed, top business leaders visit TAU regularly, seeking collaborations in areas that are vitally important to all countries, such as water technologies, renewable energy, food security, healthcare, battling pollution, and other issues of strategic importance.

Technology Transfer

The University commercializes its laboratory discoveries through its technology transfer company, Ramot. To date, 2,400 patents have been filed, making Tel Aviv University 29th in the world for patents among academic institutions. 

New technologies coming out of the University have generated 65 startup companies and 198 licenses. Currently, 20 drugs and medical treatments based on TAU's intellectual property are in the development pipeline, and dozens more are being fine-tuned in the University's laboratories towards commercialization.

About Israel – the "Start-Up Nation"

The dramatic shift to an innovative and entrepreneurial high-tech orientation that the Israeli economy has undergone in recent decades has been acknowledged globally and has led to Israel being considered as "The Start-Up Nation". Research, innovation & entrepreneurship have come to be regarded as integral parts of the Israeli economic mindset, and the many successful M&As of Israeli start-up companies have turned our small country into a world leader in certain high-tech areas. Moreover, leading global technology companies (e.g. Google, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, IBM, San-Disk, HP, SAP and many others) operate their largest and most productive labs and research facilities in Israel.

Many experts have wondered how is it that Israel, a small country of only 8 million people, only 65 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of conflict, with very scarce natural resources, produces relatively more start-up companies than other nations with exceedingly favorable circumstances such as Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom? 

Many factors contribute to Israel's unique ecosystem that is responsible for its economic growth:

The first is military service. Military service provides potential entrepreneurs with the opportunities to develop a variety of contacts and skills. The service in the IDF (Israel Defense Force) provides young Israelis with unique experiences and extensive responsibilities in a relatively autonomous environment where creativity, intelligence and the ability to improvise are highly valued.  

The second factor is immigration. Immigrants are by definition risk-takers and entrepreneurs. 9 out of 10 Jewish Israelis today are immigrants or first or second generation of immigrants. This specific demographic attribute is a great incentive to try their luck, to take risks because immigrants have less to lose and already have experience in taking risks.

A third factor is government policies that encourage and support investments in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Another factor is the geographical proximity between the entrepreneurs and the investors. Entrepreneurs begin their search for capital by exploring local resources. There is a bond of trust between the entrepreneur and the investor when they are located in proximity to each other, making formal control mechanisms less crucial. Thanks to the strong trust and familiarity many local investors have with each other, syndication is greater and more effective. 

Another prominent phenomenon is that many Israeli organizations are "Born Global". Due to the small size of the local Israeli market these organizations, from the seed stage, adopt a global focus and commit their resources to international ventures. Born global Israeli firms begin with a borderless world view, and immediately develop strategies to expand themselves abroad. 

Last but equally important is successful academic research that is often commercialized by universities' technology transfer companies, serving as a liaison to the industry, bringing promising scientific discoveries made at the universities, bringing them to the industry's attention. These companies provide the legal and commercial frameworks for inventions made by different faculties, students and researchers, protecting discoveries and intellectual property with patents and working together with the industry to bring scientific innovations to market. A proof of the desired results of successful technology brought to market is the 71 Israeli companies that are traded in the NASDAQ  (Second only to China in non-US NASDAQ listings).

As a great supporter of innovative research, Israel has produced 14 Nobel laureates so far, one of the highest percentages of Nobel laureates per capita in the world.
An interesting fact regarding Israel's investments in Innovation and entrepreneurship is that it has more high-tech start-ups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country in the world. Israel invests 4.7%  of its GDP ( $247.9 billion) in R&D, which is the highest percentage globally!

Furthermore, Israel is ranked #3 in the world for knowledge and technology outputs (GII), and #5 for business sophistication, with numerous innovation linkages (GII), which makes us highly innovative and with a strong business environment.