This partially funded mission to Tel Aviv in Israel is open to startup community leaders from around Australia. The schedule will including meetings with Israeli entrepreneurs and investors, accelerator programs, startup hubs, community leaders, and also educational workshops and networking events. This mission is for startup community leaders from across Australia who are managing or leading startup programs, hubs, accelerators, or other technology startup communities. The mission is being funded by the Australian Government, and is delivered by Austrade and led by Startup Catalyst. Included in the mission are accommodation, most transport and logistics, tours, events and meetings, as well as some meals. Participants are responsible for their own flights and other personal travel costs.
Israel, also dubbed the Startup Nation, is a small country of over 8 million people — mostly immigrants — Israel is a political startup where survival instinct is part of the DNA. Israel has tapped into that to build one of the most robust startup ecosystems in the world, considered second only to Silicon Valley. It has 6,000 active startups, 350 multi-national corporations R&D centres, has seen exits worth $9.2 billion and venture funding worth $4.8 billion in 2016. [ read more ]
Up to ten individuals places are being funded for Australian startup community leaders to participate in this mission. To be eligible to apply, you must be leading or managing a startup program, startup hub, accelerator program, or other community group or organisation that is supporting early-stage technology startup founders. The selection process starts with an online application, which is then reviewed by a panel of judges who rate and rank the applicants, followed by due-diligence checks, and final selection of the successful individuals.