Hosting Delegations @ the Startup Nation
Most innovative country in the world
Quality of research institutions
300 Multinational R&D centers
What is it about Israel?
Israel is a special and unique ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. Our small country exists in a one-of-a-kind set of conditions that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
On the Seam of THREE Continents
Challenging Political Circumstances
Diverse Religions & Beliefs
Moreover, the State of Israel is fascinating historically, topologically and theologically; it's a desert bordered by 3 seas where you can find the lowest place in the world, the holiest sites and the warmest and most creative people in existence.
Why is Israel Called the Startup Nation?
With only 8,000,000 residents and less than 21,000 square kilometers, Israel proudly carries the title "The Startup Nation". According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017, Israel is the leader in the number of startups per capita and is considered the 2nd most innovative country in the world.
Startups per capita
The program is designed for
Educators & Researchers
Students with an affinity for entrepreneurship and innovation
The purpose of the visit is usually a combination of a practical component (research / course / business) with an added value of getting to know Israel. Therefore, the program will enable you, the visitors, to complete both goals.
The hospitality program is 8 to 12 days long and is customized to your needs and wants.
What's in the Program?
The aim of the program is to expose you, the participants, to the Israeli ecosystem, by familiarizing you with international organizations that maintain research and development centers in Israel; arranging meetings with leading representatives from the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation and hosting lectures and practical workshops on the subject.
In addition, you will tour four entrepreneurially fascinating locations: Beer-Sheva in the Negev, Haifa in the north, the main metropolitan Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the heart of the country. Each such area is a unique ecosystem that promotes innovation in a matter optimally suited to the conditions and population of the region.
Take Tel-Aviv for Example:
According to the 2017 Startup Genome Report, Tel Aviv is the 6th most innovative ecosystem in the world, with a GDP of 22 billion USD (5 times the global average, 4.1 billion) and over 2,500 tech startups in the global market.
It is also an ecosystem with the highest startup density in the world.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
“The Negev offers the greatest opportunity to accomplish everything from the very beginning”
~ David Ben-Gurion
Today, 70 years after this statement was spoken, some 20,000 students from all over the country are studying at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the fields of engineering, health sciences, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, and management professions. Adjacent to the university is the Advanced Technologies Park, co-founded by the university, which includes 77 dunams of research, development and office space led by the most advanced science and technology firms in the world.
The city of Beer-Sheva, where the university is located, was chosen as one of the Cities of Tomorrow with an innovative hi-tech park, a growing university, a thriving culture and a young and entrepreneurial population.
The Bengis Center, which will run the program, is a well-established entrepreneurial center operating in the local ecosystem for over 18 years and has many connections within both academia and industry.
In Beer Sheva - Recognized as one of the 7 Cities of Tomorrow
One of the 50 most technologically advanced universities
One of the 100 leading institutions in Cyber research
No. 30 in the "Top 50 Under 50" review
More to See
As for social and tourist aspects, you will be able to participate in Entrepreneurship on the Bar events - an informal meeting with successful entrepreneurs, in bars around the country, and hold conversations with them at eye level, over a glass of beer.
In addition, we will hold tours to the capital of Israel and other fascinating sites, such as the Dead Sea (a candidate for the title of Wonder of the World), experience a Kibbutz atmosphere at Sde Boker, become acquainted with the Bedouin nomads’ lifestyle and more.
Entrepreneurship on the Bar event at a local bar in Beer-Sheva
Floating in the Dead Sea, 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level
Jerusalem, capital city of the state of Israel
The kibbutz of Sde Boker is famous as the home of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister
Bedouin Tent in Israel - The Bedouin population in the Negev numbers 200,000-210,000
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, home of 20,000 students