The Time is NOW

We are living in very interesting times. We no longer have the luxury of peacefully sitting back and watching long-term processes evolve slowly as they have in the past; disruption is here to stay. The need for people to continuously reimagine and reinvent themselves now has new, urgent meaning:
Adaptive Innovation is:

Literacy in entrepreneurship and innovation should be taught in a practical, applied, and concrete manner.


The language of innovation has been shared by New York University’s Institute for Impact and Intrapreneurship with different international groups, from high tech investors in Israel, professors in Uruguay, and civil servants in Latvia. Now it’s being offered for the first time to high school students in the U.S. EdVenture is a new online program that gives you the right entrepreneurial tools, credentials, and community to succeed. This certificate program capitalizes on the expertise of the world-class NYU Bronfman Center, and adds to it innovation, technology, and a different connection to Israel. From this experience, graduates will be able to skillfully navigate their future—and shape it.

Gain skills in entrepreneurship and innovation

Build an entrepreneurial connection to Israel

Meet the moment, navigate current challenges, and shape the solutions

Join a community of similarly passionate students

Earn a Certificate in Adaptive Innovation from NYU Bronfman


Up to 30 high school students will be accepted

90-minute online workshops on the following dates:
(contact us below)

$150 for all programs and materials
(financial aid is available)

The content has been created especially for EdVenture, delivered by academic experts and practitioners. It follows a curriculum similar to NYU’s entrepreneurship courses, with the necessary adaptations for high school students:

  • Getting to know the course and the people
  • Introduction to innovation, entrepreneurship, disruption, creativity and change
  • Why innovation in times of disruption?
  • The alphabet of innovation – basic language and terms 
  • Basic project management techniques, including problem-identifying & problem-solving; types of entrepreneurship, innovation and intrapreneurship; risk-taking
  • Lean Canvas
  • Design Thinking
  • The business side of projects – topics such as income vs. revenue; cost, budget and product, balance sheet, business plan and market research.
  • What is VP?
  • From Lean Canvas to a business plan
  • Feedback loop and evaluation
  • Market strategy
  • Investors, partners and clients
  • System changing and intrapreneurship explained and exemplified
  • Theories of change 
  • 3 Israeli entrepreneurs from different fields – business, social, and public – share stories, plans and takeaways, followed by Q&A related to the students’ own projects
  • Presentation skills & pitching
  • Telling your story
  • SWOT vs. SOAR
  • Blue Ocean Strategy
  • The impact economy
  • Presentations
  • Final thoughts, graduation ceremony, and next steps


The iCenter

The iCenter advances excellence in Israel education by serving as the North American hub and catalyst for shaping and strengthening the field.

The iCenter believes that education is key to inspiring generations of young Jews with a meaningful and enduring connection to Israel and the Jewish people.

Dr. Nir Tsuk

Dr. Nir Tsuk is a seasoned practitioner, academic, and facilitator with over 25 years of international experience in the fields of social capital, entrepreneurship, impact, and cultures of innovation. 

Nir founded NYU’s Institute for Impact and Intrapreneurship two years ago, taking the language of innovation to the places that need it most.

NYU Bronfman

The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU prides itself on being a hub of innovation for global Jewry.

The center aspires to create an open channel to bring their innovative spirit to the public at large, without compromising the focus on the NYU student community.

Jennifer Schwarz

Jennifer Schwarz is a leadership trainer and social innovation enthusiast with experience leading and facilitating transformative international programs and projects with local and global NGOs. Jennifer completed her masters degree

in London in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She brings diverse cross-cultural experiences and global perspective having lived, worked, and studied in the US, Thailand, India, England and Israel.

Jennifer was born and raised in Maryland, USA and currently resides in Tel Aviv.

Dr. Sydney Engelberg

Dr. Sydney Engelberg grew up in South Africa and attended the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and SUNY/Buffalo.

He is currently on the faculty of the Schwartz Program in Nonprofit Management, the Rothberg International School Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program, and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, all at the Hebrew University; Associate Professor at Gratz College, Philadelphia and Visiting Professor at the Bologna Business School and the University of Florence, both in Italy.

He has been Master of a Residential University College in Sydney, Australia; Founding Director of the Program in Community Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; taught at Clarke University, USA and Derby University, England. >Br>
Dr. Engelberg has his own consulting company and clients include high-tech, manufacturing and non-profit Human Service Organizations, such as the World Bank, UNICEF, IBM, Microsoft and Intel amongst others. Dr. Engelberg has published widely and run training workshops in Latin America, Europe, Great Britain, Australia, Israel and the USA.

Dr. Engelberg has published widely and run training workshops in Latin America, Europe, Great Britain, Australia, Israel, Canada and the USA.

Michael Lustig

Michael Lustig retired after a 25-year career on Wall Street, and now devotes the majority of his time and energies toward non-profit & impact-related enterprises.

Prior to retiring, Michael spent most of his career at the asset management firm BlackRock, where he was Managing Director overseeing Structured Mortgage & Derivative Products trading and acted as portfolio manager for the Federal Reserve’s Global Financial Crisis-related managed assets. Michael is President of the Board of the Baron de Hirsch Fund, and is a Board Member/Trustee of: Jewish Community Relations Council of NY (JCRC-NY), Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Hillel at Binghamton, the Hillel International Office of Innovation, AJC-NY, Congregation Shearith Israel, and the Dualis Yozma Fund (Israel). He is Chair of the Managed Operating Support Committee (MOS) and co-Chair of the Center for Youth Philanthropy & Leadership (CYPL) at UJA-Federation of NY. Michael is Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU | Stern School of Business and teaches fulltime elective courses for MBAs & undergrads, notably “Debt Instruments & Markets” (FINC-GB.3333 & FINC-UB.26) and “Fixed Income Instruments & Markets” (HKUST/NYU MS in Global Finance), and regularly lectures on both Impact Investing and Capital Markets issues.

Michael is an impact investor on the Board of GigaWatt Global, the Israel-based solar energy company that built the first large-scale grid-connected fields in East Africa (with more in-process!), as well as maintaining several other corporate Advisory & Board positions. He has curated a number of exhibits at The Society of Illustrators and is a Licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide.

Michael lives in NYC with his wife Rachel, and three wonderful children.

Ofer HaCohen

Ofer is an innovation executive with over 20 years of experience in technology and business. With an extensive know how in leading entrepreneurial and innovation initiatives, helping global corporations thrive and push their boundaries. As Head of the AT&T Innovation Center in Israel, he is focused on creating strategic impact through driving new innovation solutions. In this role, he leads incubation of disruptive technologies and commercializing world-class startups in AT&T.

Previous experience includes leading Cyber and Enterprise Innovation Programs, establishing the mobile development at the AT&T R&D center. Additionally, Ofer held several positions in startups including Head of Product, Chief Architect and Development manager.

Carine Warsawski

Carine Warsawski is the founder and CEO of Trybal Gatherings, featured by the New York Times as the leading provider of Jewish summer camp experiences for young adults.

Born and raised in the Boston area, she has over a decade of experience working in Jewish travel and experiential marketing. Carine has served as the Director of Marketing at Authentic Israel, overseeing brands such as BBYO Passport and Israel Outdoors; the marketing manager for URJ’s teen Israel programs; as a consultant for Start-Up Nation Central in Tel Aviv & The iCenter in Chicago; and as an adventure guide for LivingSocial.

Carine is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and ROI alum. In 2018, she was named a “36 Under 36” by The Jewish Week and a Chai in the Hub honoree by CJP in Boston. Carine holds a B.S. in Anthropology from Bates College, a Certificate in Marketing from Georgetown University, and an MBA with honors from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.


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