In bid to beat isolation, startup community leaders to gather in Israel

100 visitors from 30 countries will examine tech ecosystems in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

Tel Aviv's Azrieli Center by night (Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)
Tel Aviv's Azrieli Center by night (Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)

Startup community leaders from locations as diverse as Miami, Hong Kong, Serbia and Kazakhstan will be visiting Israel on March 19-21 to soak up the Israeli tech ecosystem.

A tech startup communities event, organized by community management platform creator Mobilize, Start-Up Nation Central, The Israel Innovation Authority, The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, and the Tel Aviv Municipality will gather over 100 startup community leaders from all over with world, with over 80 percent of the expected international participants never having previously been to Israel.

The International Start-up Community Leaders summit “is the first international summit for community leaders we are hosting in Israel,” said Michal Seror, who is in charge of the project for Startup Nation Central, a nonprofit organization that matches startups with investors.

Communities are defined as a grassroots congregation of people that share a common pain or need, usually within close geographical proximity, she explained. Community members have an online platform via which they communicate, and meet every once in a while.

“In the tech world, where entrepreneurs are often very isolated, concentrating on their solution, pushing through the day to day, their support systems consist of the obvious: family, friends, colleagues,” she said. “But a professional community is where they can share their professional difficulties and get support, answers and ideas, tap into knowledge and be proactive in helping others find solutions.”

Communities are an almost untapped resource for growth and value creation for startups, entrepreneurs and innovation leaders, she said.

The aim of the summit is to bring these community leaders together with their Israeli counterparts, discuss common challenges and share tools that can be used to enhance the reach of technologies, she explained. Israel is known worldwide for the strong tech communities and community leaders it has created, she said.

“We are a nation of communities,” she said. “We do things in communities. Innovation is not just about making technologies but also talking about it and sharing it, to make it happen,” she said.

The visitors, from over 30 countries, will tour Israel’s main tech ecosystems, in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba. They’ll be meeting with companies like Microsoft, Dell, EMC, JVP, and OurCrowd, as well as with nonprofit organization leaders.

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