>SBC Israel explains why Haifa is the lead choice for Startupbootcamp’s 3-month accelerator
It’s been a few weeks since we officially announced Startupbootcamp Israel. We’re delighted to see applications rolling in and it’s good to be speaking with all of you interested in joining Startupbootcamp this December.
One of the questions we’re regularly asked is….”Why Haifa?”
Many reasons. The simple answer is we were surprised there aren’t more accelerator programs in the city!
Haifa boasts world class universities including The Technion* (nicknamed Israel’s “MIT”), an international technology park – Matam** – home to the R&D divisions of Apple, Google, Qualcomm, IBM & Intel to name a few, a great source of contacts and potential mentors. It churns out an incredibly high number of graduate engineers many of whom work in Israel’s hi-tech sector and go on to start companies that build innovative applications which frequently get acquired or grow & IPO into global leaders. Furthermore, it is a coastal city bristling with amazing food & culture. Combined, these qualities make for a compelling (and straightforward) choice as our first location to host Startupbootcamp Israel.
We’re currently busy in the final phases of securing a workspace in Haifa and will be announcing a number of events and updates in the coming weeks. We’re still open to suggestions for locations so if you happen to know a great workplace please let Shai (COO) or Shahar (CEO) at SBC Israel know.
In our next post we interview Startupbootcamp Israel’s cofounders Shahar Namer & Paul-René Albertini on the move to Haifa and their plans for the accelerator program.
Application deadline: 14th October.
*”Technion graduates constitute over 70 percent of the founders and managers of high-tech businesses in Israel. Sixty-eight percent of Israeli NASDAQ companies were founded and/or are led by Technion graduates, and 74 percent of managers in Israel’s electronic industries hold Technion degrees.”
**Matam, located in Haifa, is an international technology center, with some of the world’s leading hi-tech companies maintaining research and development facilities at the park, including: ProcessGene, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Philips, Google, Qualcomm, Zoran Corporation, NDS Group, Elbit Systems, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, NetManage, Neustar and NetApp.