A leading startup centre
Driven by government policy, Israel’s innovation ecosystem is one of the most developed in the world, shaped by a sophisticated network of major global investors, startups, relevant service providers such as expert IP lawyers, and world-class R&D institutions engaged in proactive commercialisation of research.
The Compass Global Startup Ecosystem, which ranks startup ecosystems around the world, ranked Tel Aviv in 2015 as the best startup centre outside of the United States. The Tel Aviv Municipality describes the city as “entrepreneurially-focused and no-nonsense … Tel Aviv packs a perfect ‘innovation ecosystem’ storm: thousands of high-tech companies and startups; leading multinationals; accelerators and co-working spaces; and dozens of networking events.”
A magnet for multinationals
There are more than 275 multinational research and development centres in Israel, established by global companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Applied Materials, eBay, Facebook, GE, General Motors, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, PayPal, Philips, Salesforce, Samsung, Sears, SingTel and Texas Instruments.
Strong venture capital network
The Israel Venture Capital Association reports that in 2015, venture capital funds in Israel raised US$4.43 billion in 708 deals. Israel raised more venture capital per capita than any other country.
SOSA - an innovators community
The Tel Aviv Landing Pad will be located at SOSA (South of Salame). Described as 'the town centre for the innovation industry' in Tel Aviv, SOSA was founded by a community of innovation stakeholders, including some of the most prominent angel and venture capital investors in Israel. Occupying four stories of a vintage industrial building in South Tel Aviv, SOSA offers its members a uniquely crafted space, designed to promote interaction, creativity and collaboration.
"SOSA is run by a very talented team of entrepreneurs that strive to provide ongoing value to their members. Whether it's through specific events, or just spending time working in SOSA's shared space, we are able to meet, work and socialise with the best people from the entire startup community – from entrepreneurs to investors to service providers." Australian startup and SOSA member - Square Peg Capital
In addition to the standard Landing Pad inclusions, participants in the Tel Aviv Landing Pads program will have the opportunity to participate in vertical themed, tailor made boot camps on subjects ranging from user interface design to pitching to investors (boot camps will be delivered up to four times a year with limited space of up to 10 participants)
"The Tel Aviv Landing Pad has been invaluable in shaping the direction of our company. We have had access to the top minds in technology from day one, giving us continued advice and support. The Tel Aviv Landing Pad is located in the premier startup hub SOSA, here we were able to work beside cutting edge startups and multinationals scouting the next big thing. The Israeli mentality is geared towards going global from day one, the Tel Aviv Landing Pad allowed us to prove our model for the US and EU markets." Landing Pad participant - Benjamin Gellman, Co-Founder, myInterview