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"It's beyond just an entrepreneurship program - it's full immersion in another culture which will challenge you, inspire you and make you reflect on your own community."

Sean Grealy, HEX 2.0 Alumni

So what's it all about?

It’s known as The Startup Nation for a reason, right?

And we cannot WAIT to head back to Tel Aviv, Israel, a truly sophisticated network of major global investors, startups, corporate innovation and government policy. Israel is vibrant, inspiring and will change your perspective on business and life – no exaggeration.✨💫

If you’re interested in exploring a new culture (and amazing food) while learning how to build a global, relevant and scalable business, don’t just stand there! Applications close 16 November 2018.

Over two inspiring weeks, you’ll join a select cohort of tertiary students to learn from world-class thought leaders and work hands-on in the Tel Aviv start-up environment.

Tel Aviv Global Innovation Program dates

  • HEX 2.1: 3 Feb – 14 Feb 2019

Applications are open until the program is full.

University credit

Many universities have approved The Hacker Exchange for academic credit, usually within a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or internship elective – you can be from any faculty to apply. Speak to your course coordinator or study abroad coordinator to find out how this could work for you.

We’ve prepared this handy ‘Request for Credit’ document to help you out.


Visiting innovation giant @ Amdocs.

Learn why Israel is known as ‘The Startup Nation’, practice lean startup, product design, prototyping and customer intimacy, and tour some inspiring companies.

By the end of this week, you’ll know how to build a truly scalable startup business model, and understand what investors look for in fundable startups.

  • Previous ‘Week 1’ highlights included touring Mobileye and Amdocs, MassChallenge accelerator, Q&A with a VC.


Day trip to the West Bank.

Discover the art and science of growth hacking and cutting edge marketing strategies for your startup. Learn how to structure your pitch deck and practice pitching to Tel Aviv investors.

Get an intimate insight to what’s trending in Tel Aviv and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

  • Previous ‘Week 2’ highlights included visiting Tel Aviv University, Facebook and SifTech, Growth Hacking workshop, all day Pitch coaching, Q&A with a startup CTO.

Throughout the Tel Aviv Global Innovation Program…

Lunch with the Australian Ambassador to Israel.

We’ll be working from Sosa – one of the freshest co-working spaces in Tel Aviv and home to the Austrade Landing Pad. During these two weeks, you’ll get your hands dirty solving real business problems and iterating on your own startup idea.

You’ll also have direct access to sought-after mentors in Tel Aviv, and make unforgettable connections with investors, accelerators, founders and professionals from both Australia and Israel.

What does it cost, and what's included?

Global Innovation Program cost

The full cost of the Tel Aviv – Student Innovation Program is $4,950 AUD, including GST.

What is covered? 

The Hacker Exchange program fee includes all interactive workshops, coursework, speakers, instructors, mentor office hours, co-working space access, educational tours of accelerators and tech companies, 13 x night accommodation, daily continental breakfast, welcome & farewell dinners.

This Program cost does not include air fares.

You can view a sample program agenda here.

About your accommodation & social events

Hanging out at Facebook.

Accommodation is included, and is at an awesome, centrally located hostel. You’ll stay in comfortable dorms, with a central kitchen, lounge, bar and rooftop area. Single / Twin Share accommodation upgrades are available on request.

We’ll arrange a Welcome Dinner, Farewell Lunch, a Hacker Exchange mentor meetup, and invite you to numerous events – where your attendance is optional but recommended! We’ll also give you a local guide book and plenty of free time to have meetings or explore Israel.

What are my payment and funding options?

Due to high demand, we require a $500 + GST non-refundable deposit within 5 business days of your acceptance to confirm your spot.

The remainder is payable in full 6 weeks prior to departure.

Many of our students have successfully accessed OS-HELP support of over $6,600+ AUD, depending on their academic status, residential status, and University’s guidelines. This means you could receive this funding prior to departure to use towards your travel costs, which will be rolled into your student loan. Please check with your University Mobility department to see if you are eligible.

Other students have also successfully sought scholarships or partial funding from their faculties / schools, or university accelerators (check with your Uni) or used a crowdfunding platform.

For more information check out our Funding Options page.

Sounds awesome. How do I apply?

Program dates & deadlines

Summer Semester Break

  • Program starts Sunday 3 February 2019
  • Program concludes Thursday 14 February 2019

Applications are open until the program is full

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