Start Tel Aviv Competition 2017


Start Tel Aviv is a global competition held by The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Tel Aviv, bringing together startups from 20 countries from around the world to compete for the opportunity to take part in an intensive program to experience Tel Aviv's startup ecosystem during the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival. Competitions are held in each of the participating countries to identify a leading startup, with the winners representing some of the best startups in the world.

This year, the global competition will focus on "Innovation for a Better Tomorrow" – showcasing tech startups serving communities, social challenges and urban innovation. 

Through its human capital, Israel generates more startup companies per capita than any other nation in the world.  

Ranked one of the world's most innovative cities by Wired, Tel Aviv is the Startup City of the Startup Nation – Israel's main center of business, finance, and innovation. The city is home to an ecosystem of world class tech talents, dozens of leading multinationals and over 1,500 startups. 

As the startup ecosystem evolves, there are growing efforts within Tel Aviv to leverage entrepreneurship and technological innovation to tackle social problems, enrich communal life and grow local economies. Tel Aviv Municipality has joined these efforts to support social initiatives through the establishment of several innovative hubs. This year, the City is launching the "Platform", an international accelerator for urban innovation focused on driving solutions to urban social challenges.  

The Competition – a focus on social innovation:
In the spring of 2017, 20 competitions will be launched in 20 different countries around the globe, with the winners of each competition gathering in Tel Aviv for a hands-on training by some of the world's leading names in tech. 
More Information to be found here.
The prize:
A 5 days, all-expenses paid trip where the 20 winners, will participate in lectures, workshops and meetings with leading Israeli investors and professionals.
Start Tel Aviv will take place during the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, and  participants will have the opportunity to participate in the Festival and meet the coolest and smartest companies, techies, startups, designers, artists, scientists, investors, and culture creators from Israel and abroad.
The DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, chaired by serial entrepreneur Yosi Vardi, is a global gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world, held throughout Tel Aviv between 4-7 of September, 2017. The Festival is comprised of a long list of events, conferences, meet-ups, mingles and gatherings, all focusing on different sides of digital, technological, social, and urban innovation.

Participating countries*: Turkey, Serbia, Slovakia,Germany, Ireland, Vietnam, Myanmar, Peru, Portugal, Spain, India, Kenya, South Korea, Singapore, Chile, Czech Republic​,  France, South Africa, Italy, Latvia. 

*Subject to changes