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Why Israel is a Rising Innovation Hub

In the midst of modern technology more and more countries have taken part in contribution. Technology has become a huge industry for our society. Many aspects of our everyday lives are affected by the technology around us. It seems, once we get used to what is available, there is always something new. In our post Covid-19 society Israel has emerged as a top technical country. Israel has invested in resources and programs to encourage entrepreneurs and support them. It is creating a hub for the tech industry’s best to now be nicknamed Startup Nation.

Israel is home to both research and development centers for large companies along with innovation centers. This is important as both of these sections play a huge role in the advances of a company. Companies such as Facebook, Samsung, Amazon and more have research and development centers located in Israel. In Tel Aviv Volkswagen, Citi, and Apple host their innovation centers. Tel Aviv has been named the seventh largest startup ecosystem in 2022. The city also boasts being the home of thirty new companies earning one billion or more in 2022. 

Amongst other reasons, it seems housing a company in Israel has much to offer. Tel Aviv not only is home to many major companies but also boasts a 169% in patents since 2021. These are just some, of the many, reasons Tel Aviv is such an important city to the country. In 2021 the city generated twenty-billion in start-ups, this equates to 63% of the national total. 

One reason why Israel may be doing so well in the technology industry is due to their Gross Domestic Profit (GDP). The country invests 4.1% of its GDP into its research and development. This is two-and-half times the normal amount invested. This means Israel is investing in the early stages of technology, and it is proving beneficial. In 2022 the country’s high-tech companies generated $14.95 billion dollars, this amount came from six hundred and sixty three deals.

Another reason the country is doing so well with start ups is that it heavily invested in programs aimed toward entrepreneurs. One of those programs is the Yozma Government Program of 1983. This program matched outsider venture capital in an Israeli start up. Then, if the startup had a successful exit, the company would repay the government. Additionally, the country has thirty plus grants and tax incentives for research and development. The country also offers over fourty different grants for research and development for multinational companies, entrepreneurs, research institutions and NGOs. 

There are many reasons this country has found success in the technology industry, as a hub for startups it is finding much success. Israel matches venture capital for startups if another country invests as well. For this reason many venture capital firms have found a spot in Israel. Along with this, many startup founders have moved their headquarters to the US. In some cases some startups either go public or sell to US companies, making them a good investment for venture capitalist.When looking at venture capital in comparison to other countries Israel is right up there in the top three. Israel comes in second, right behind Singapore and coming in infront of Estonia. 

Another area that Israel is booming in is their cybersecurity industry. In 2021 the country’s startup cybersecurity companies earned 8.8 billion. This is three times the amount that was raised in 2020. One out of three cybersecurity companies that earn one billion or more in revenue is an Israeli company. 

Notable startups that have come from Israel include OverWolf, Torq, Justt, TytoCare, Ermetic, Waze, Mobileye, Onavo, PrimeSense, Staircase, and Wiz. These startups include unicorns, these are companies that made one billion in the first year of operation. Not only is Israel known for their tech start-ups but the country is well known for many influential individuals. With the innovation found in Israel there are a number of noteworthy individuals to look up to. This list is composed of scientists, entrepreneurs, mathematicians, and computer engineers. 

There are many reasons entrepreneurs come to Israel. The country offers many incentives for start-ups including funding and support. This is vital as our society continues to grow and depend on many of these new technologies. Israel is an epicenter for tech companies and cybersecurity. Within Israel, many entrepreneurs find themselves gravitating to Tel Aviv, a city that offers many benefits and can help individuals explore innovation. With impressive statistics it is no shock that Israel comes in second when it comes to world venture funding per capita.

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