IEC was founded in 2001 by four IDC students: Guy Weltsch, Assaf Wand, Yair Greenbaum and Eyal Gura with the support of Prof. Ronen Israel.
The students envisioned bringing to Israel the same type of business and entrepreneurship cultures of America’s leading Ivy League universities. And so, they created a hub for IDC students and alumni who are enthusiastic about starting or promoting ventures.
In its first year, still without a budget or any infrastructure, the club hosted Yanki Margalit, Ed Melavski, Moti Ziser, Rafi Maor, Efir Arazi (in the picture below) and other leading business figures. The club also initiated the first field trip to the Intel factory and was chosen as the ambassador of the Columbia Business School Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition.
IEC was the very first student-run entrepreneurship club in the Israeli academia and led the way to many other clubs that were established in all major universities, and to many new entrepreneurship initiatives within IDC.
Once graduated, the founders set up a succession plan and roadmap for the years to come. What has happened with the club since, in terms of its rapid growth and impact, exceeded any of the founders dreams and expectations.
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