Tel Aviv Startup Adventure

A unique overseas innovation and entrepreneurship experience based at some of Israel’s best technology startups.

Tel Aviv is at the heart of the global startup movement, and experience with young businesses there will allow you to gather intelligence on the latest trends and enhance your innovative capabilities. 

There are at least 50 startup accelerators and incubators in Tel Aviv, and it grows every month, with roughly 1000 startups calling the city home.

Video: 2017 Tel Aviv Startup student Jade Luangsay talks about her experience with i24NEWS

Over four weeks, you will work alongside energetic and experienced innovators. You will learn first-hand the process of founding, investing and growing an early stage business in the global startup ecosystem. 

  • Pre-departure.
    The prep begins with a workshop at UQ Idea Hub, including an introduction to entrepreneurship in Israel, cultural preparation and hot tips for making the most of your time in Tel Aviv from a local.
  • Week 1.
    Arrive in Tel Aviv, just a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean, where you’ll be matched with a local startup and meet your mentors for the month. No time to lose! Get to work!
  • Week 2.  
    Now you’ve settled in with your new favourite startup, it’s a great time to attend all the extra workshops we’ve organised. Meet all the movers and shakers in the local Tel Aviv entrepreneurship community and start dreaming big.
  • Week 3.  
    Continue to hustle with matched startups in between guided tech tours, a raft of opportunities to rub shoulders with local startup personalities and checking out all of the hottest local startup venues.
  • Week 4.  
    It’s time to farewell your mentors, new colleagues and sponsors with a wrap-up event. This is your last chance to trade business cards and make an impact, so pop on that smile and get pumped!
  • Debrief.  
    Once you’re back home, we’ll all catch up to chat about the program, your experiences and to share all our tips for leveraging the global contacts you have made.

You may be in a position to undertake some programming or technical work, however, most students will shadow the founder of the startup they are matched with.

To be eligible to participate in the program, you must:

  • be enrolled and taking classes in a UQ degree program.
  • have completed at least six units at UQ in your current UQ program
  • have previously participated in an Idea Hub program or UQ Weekend of Startups
  • be available for the entire four-week program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0

You are expected to participate in the full four weeks of your internship and to attend all additional networking and development activities You will be bound to confidentiality and will be clearly informed of your legal and performance obligations.

Meeting the eligibility criteria does not necessarily result in being accepted into the program.

Tel Aviv Startup Adventure applications will reopen in July 2019. 

Application process

Positions within Idea Hub's Startup Adventures are highly competitive. As a result, meeting the eligibility criteria does not necessarily result in being accepted into the program.

  • Stage 1. Online application
    You will be required to fill out an application outlining how this experience will aid your professional development toward an entrepreneurship journey. 
  • Stage 2.  Interview
    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a 10 minute interview with program leaders. 
  • Stage 3. Selection process
    Places are determined by a selection committee based on academic merit at the time of application (GPA as it appears on your UQ Studies Report) and the strength of your interview and responses to application selection criteria.
  • Stage 4. Applicants notified
    All applicants will be notified of their outcome by email within four weeks of the closing date. Successful applicants will be required to submit their bank details and travel details into StudentHub and will be paid within six weeks of the closing date.


Key Dates


Applications will open in July 2019. 

Program Dates

The Startup Adventure will be in November 2019. Program dates are yet to be confirmed.