As one year passes and a new one begins, so too will the Zell Entrepreneurship Program be saying goodbye to the class of Zell 8 – 2009 and welcoming the new class, Zell 9 – 2010. The ninth Zell year promises to be a good one. We had a record amount of applicants, of which many high caliber individuals went though our thorough screening process. The thirty four individuals chosen to participate in the Summer Induction Program (SIP) of Zell just completed two months of idea development on their own under program guidance. SIP culminated in a ten day intensive workshop that included idea development and validation, innovation management including ideation and new product development, negotiations, group dynamics, leadership, intellectual property and three entrepreneurship workshop lectures, including one by our advisory board member, Yaron Galai who was in town and met the students. The students participated in ad hoc team assignments each day from validation, business intelligence, case study to interviewing an entrepreneur and creating a song. They also were interviewed again by alumni and by our academic director and newly appointed dean of the Arison School of Business, Profesor Yair Tauman and by advisory board member Zohar Gillon.
At the end of SIP, 22 students, of which 8 from the business school, 6 from computer science, 2 from law school, one from communications and four from the international school program RRIS, were chosen to start the year with us! We have three navy captains and two pilots, 8 women, two redheads, a professional drummer, a world ranked poker player, a race car driver, a brother of a graduate and a brother and sister among the team. They look like a great group! Special thanks to Mike Emery and all our faculty and friends of the program who taught, guided, met, interviewed during SIP and took the time to walk though our idea fair, where each student presented and pitched their idea in an open house setting to friends of the program, faculty and many alumni who came by.