About Our Project

The Accelerate Palestine Study was designed by faculty at the Harvard Business School to study economic opportunity, employment and entrepreneurship in Palestine. Full details are available at the 'About Our Project' section at the bottom of the page.

ALL eligible study participants will be paid 40 NIS to complete a 30-minute survey. Those who have completed the survey will be entered into a drawing to participate in a FREE, five-week intensive course on starting your own online business with instructors from the United States.

Some of the topics included in the 5-week course:

  • Going from an idea to an online business
  • Understanding potential customers
  • Building a business model
  • Developing an initial product
  • Creating a business pitch for potential funding

The surveys will be administered on the following dates. Participation is only required on one of the dates.

Survey Dates and Locations
Location Dates
Hebron Nov. 23, Nov. 30
Nablus Nov. 24, Dec. 1
Ramallah Nov. 25, Dec. 2
Jenin Nov. 28, Dec. 5

The 5-week course will be taught on the following dates:

Course Dates and Locations
Location Dates
Hebron Dec. 14, 21, 28
Jan. 4, 11
Nablus Dec. 15, 22, 29
Jan. 5, 12
Ramallah Dec. 16, 23, 30
Jan. 6, 13
Rawabi Dec. 17, 24, 31
Jan. 7, 14
Jenin Dec. 19, 26
Jan. 2, 9, 16

Who Can Apply?

The study is open to Palestinians who have graduated university with a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in the Engineering, Computer Science, Sciences, Business, Economics or similar subjects.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining our study, the first step is to fill out an intake survey. If you qualify for the study, we will contact you with next steps. To begin your application, click on the link below and it will take you to a third party survey site where you will answer a few questions.

More About Our Project

We are a research team comprised of management and economics researchers from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Rice University, University of Chicago, University of Southern California and University of California at San Diego.

We are conducting a one year research study investigating labor and wage outcomes for university-educated Palestinians in the Science, Engineering, and Business fields during the year following graduation from university with a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree. Many people with engineering, science and business university degrees in Palestine do not have access to suitable employment opportunities. We hope to change this.

Our study will explore economic opportunities, employment and entrepreneurship in Palestine, and their relationship with education, training, culture and behavioral traits as well as attitudes, regional outlook and expectations for the future.

If you decide to participate, you will answer survey questions relating to your educational and business background as well as your daily life, cultural and regional/political views, beliefs and future outlook. We will pay you 40 NIS (Shekels) for completing the first survey. You will be asked to fill out a similar survey in September or October, for which you will be paid 70 NIS (Shekels). You may also be asked to complete a survey in July 2020, for which you will be paid an additional 70 NIS (Shekels).

You may also be eligible to join our free 5 week intensive training program on entrepreneurship and technology freelancing this summer. The training program will be taught by experienced instructors affiliated with the MIT Innovation Initiative .

Participation in the training program will require one day per week over 5 weeks (5 days total), starting in December 2019. Space in the training program is limited.

If you were enrolled in university studies in Palestine at any level (Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate) and graduated in 2017, 2018 or are graduating in spring or summer 2019 in Engineering, Computer Science, Sciences, Business, Economics or similar subjects, you may be eligible for this study.

Research Team

Josh Krieger

Joshua Krieger

Joshua Krieger - Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Primary Investigator

Joshua Krieger is an assistant professor in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School. His research focuses on R&D strategy and the economics of innovation. My work examines project selection decisions, R&D competition, and how firms learn from their competitors’ failures. Currently, I am am working on a number of projects that explore how research organizations adjust their R&D efforts in response to new information and resources.

Yael Hochberg

Yael Hochberg
Primary Investigator

Yael Hochberg - Ralph S. O'Connor Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Rice University (@yaelhochberg)

Professor Hochberg's research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Her research focuses on the venture capital industry, accelerators, networks and corporate governance and compensation policies. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Stanford University. Her research has been published in top tier journals, including Science Magazine, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Accounting Research, and the Journal of Financial Economics, and has been presented at numerous universities and governmental bodies around the world. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Empirical Finance, and previously served as an Associate Editor at the Review of Finance.

Prof. Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S.

Dan Fehder

Dan Fehder

Dan Fehder - Assistant Professor of Management and Organization, USC (@dfehder)

Dan is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at University of Southern California. His work explores the individual and institutional factors that drive innovation and entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD from MIT Sloan and is also a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Dizon-Ross

Rebecca Dizon-Ross

Rebecca Dizon-Ross - Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago (@rdizonross)

Rebecca Dizon-Ross is a development economist with an interest in human capital. Much of her current work is on the demand-side, aiming to understand the determinants of households’ investments in health and education. Before joining Booth, Dizon-Ross was a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at Harvard University and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an analyst at McKinsey & Co.

Eric Floyd

Eric Floyd

Eric Floyd - Assistant Professor, Rady School of Management.

Eric Floyd’s research is focused on transparency regulation, healthcare reimbursement and field experiments in Accounting and Finance. His research is field-driven and policy relevant to be accessible decision-makers and applicable to solving real-world problems. Floyd was awarded a Kauffman Foundation Research Grant and a PRIME Research Grant in 2015. He also received the Sidney Davidson Doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago in 2013, the Charles T. Horngren Fellowship, University of Chicago, in 2011 and the Pichler Fellowship, University of Chicago in 2010. Floyd earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He also earned an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

Susan Cohen

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee - Post-Doctoral Scholar, Rice University.

Daniel Lee is a postdoctoral fellow in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Rice University. He specialize in experimental and behavioral economics with interests in public and applied microeconomics. He received his doctorate in economics in 2016 from Georgia State University.

Instruction Team

Josh Krieger

Steve Hariguchi

Steve Haraguchi – Instruction Team Lead

Steve Haraguchi serves as the Lead for Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence programs, and was formerly Director of Professional Programs at Stanford. Prior to Stanford, Steve served as the Founding Executive Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative and as Bay Area Program Director for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Steve holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Susan Cohen

Kyle Judah

Kyle Judah (@kylejudah)

Kyle Judah is Director of Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to joining CU, he was an Innovation Strategy Consultant at the MIT Innovation Initiative, and an Entrepreneur in Residence and Program Director at MIT’s Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Kyle holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Babson’s Olin Graduate School of Business.

Tom Luly

Tom Luly

Tom Luly (@tomluly)

Tom Luly is Senior Program Manager for the MIT Innovation Initiative, and is co-organizer of the MIT Global Startup Workshop. He previously served as Program Coordinator for the MIT Skoltech Initiative and as a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Moscow. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Emily Welsch

Emily Welsch

Emily Welsch (@EmilyAWelsch)

Emily Welsch is a Senior Knowledge Engineer—Alexa at Amazon and the Founder and CEO of PIXI (pixicycling.com). Prior to founding PIXI, Emily served as Head of Corporate Development and Partnerships at Halloran Consulting Group, and as a consultant at Medtech Catalyst, a medical technology venture capital firm. Previously, she was a New Ventures Associate at the Boston University Office of Technology Development. Emily is a Mentor-in-Residence for VentureWell and a Fellow with the Entrepreneurship Success Initiative, an MIT and Rice University research study on the factors that lead to higher chance of startup success. She holds an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and a graduate degree from Boston University. She holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Essentials from Harvard Business School | HBX.

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