Israel is gaining a reputation as a leading world incubator of technology start-ups. Image courtesy of Eran Chesnutt/sxc.hu
The UK’s most promising technology startup owners are being offered the chance to learn, make connections, have fun and get inspired on an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel’s entrepreneurial capital, Tel Aviv. The inaugural Bizcamp Tel Aviv competition
, which opens today, is offering one UK winner the chance to join a delegation of ten entrepreneurs from ten different European countries in Israel, where they will gain a unique insight into how this country of just 7.8 million people earned its nickname, the “Startup Nation.”
Organised by the city of Tel Aviv, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and The Next Web
, Bizcamp’s ten day itinerary (14th-24th October) is formed around a schedule of business meetings and workshops with Israel’s most successful start-ups, entrepreneurs, tech investors and leading multinational tech firms. Seminar topics covered during Bizcamp include strategy formation, financing models, intellectual property
Bizcampers will also win exclusive “access all areas” visits to R&D centres in Tel Aviv, such as the Google Incubator, Microsoft Accelerator and the eBay Social Centre, where they will get to see up close what these global firms are developing next.
Flights, accommodation and free entry to the three-day DLD Festival in Tel Aviv are included in the prize. There is also plenty of time built into the schedule for the winner to experience everything Israel has to offer, from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, to the nightclubs and beaches of Tel Aviv.
H.E. Daniel Taub, Ambassador of Israel to the UK and competition judge, said: “Israel is one of the most exciting places to launch a start-up, and Tel Aviv is at the forefront of the global trend for innovative web and media technology
. Bizcamp is a wonderful way to share this entrepreneurial spirit with enterprising individuals and companies here in the UK.”
The Ambassador will be joined on the judging panel by:
- Debu Purkayastha, Google, Principal – New Business Development
- Gilad Novik, CTO at small business investment specialist Horizon Ventures
- Jamillah Knowles, UK News Editor, The Next Web
For a chance to win a place at Bizcamp Tel Aviv, all young UK tech entrepreneurs have to do is fill in the online entry form at www.bizcamptelaviv.com
. Entries are open from today until 22nd August.
Bizcamp’s panel of entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and statesmen will then select five UK finalists to take part in a live Grand Final event on September 3. Entrants must be aged between 23 and 30, and must available to travel between October 14 and 24 2012.