Tel Aviv Startup Adventure

Unique entrepreneurship experiences based at some of Israel's best technology startups

The Tel Aviv Startup Adventure is a four-week international internship specialising in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tel Aviv is at the heart of the global startup movement, and experience with young businesses there allows students to gather intelligence on the latest trends and enhance their own innovative capabilities.

Selected student entrepreneurs will spend four weeks based at some of Israel’s most influential technology startups. Working alongside energetic and experienced innovators, students will learn first-hand the process of founding, investing and growing an early stage business in the global startup ecosystem.

Travel restrictions update

The University has cancelled all international travel. This means that Startup Adventures are deferred until further notice. In the interim, Ventures have now opened applications to Virtual Startup Adventures. Find out more details on the Virtual Startup Adventures and apply today. 

Please check the UQ coronavirus advice page for the latest travel advice. 

Last updated 22 September 2020.

Fast facts

Known as ‘The Startup Nation’, Israel is a major global hub for technology and innovation.

Israel is the home to many of the world’s biggest companies’ R&D labs, including Intel, Google, Sony, Facebook, GE, Nestle and Microsoft

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.

Our 2019 adventurers

Adrian Cullen
Master of Business Administration
Alexander Ward
Doctor of Philosophy (Aerospace Engineering)
Alexandria Moore
Bachelor of Arts
Athena Dodrill
Bachelors of Business Management/Arts
Benjamin Estrade
Bachelor of Computer Science
Bethanie Patch
Bachelors of Arts/Laws (Honours)
Dipanshu Sharma
Bachelors of Science/Arts
Emily Bakes
Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Jack Kelso-Ribbe
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Josh Case
Doctor of Medicine
Julia Power
Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce
Kirsty Slemint
Bachelors of Science/Journalism
Lawson Enright
Bachelor of Economics
Lucy Ribbe Kelso
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
Megan Stegeman
Bachelor of Science
Ocean Cheung
Bachelor of Business Management
Peiwen Li
Master of Interaction Design
Rahul Patel
Master of Business
Rebecca Almond
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Sam Harley
Doctor of Philosophy (Neuroscience and Immunology)

Your startup adventure starts here

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!

So you want in?


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 program
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0

Your obligations

You are expected to participate in the full program 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.