By @SimonCocking, Startup TLV returns, this year with a new emphasis.

Start TLV is an international start-up competition, which will see the top innovative start-up companies from over 20 different countries selected for the opportunity to attend a 5 day intense start-up experience to learn from the start-up ecosystem in Tel Aviv and meet with leading investors and multinationals.  The winners will also be given the opportunity to attend Israel’s leading tech conference DLD Tel Aviv .

Tel Aviv is a leading innovation hub with world class tech talents, dozens of leading multinationals and hundreds of tech star start-ups. The city was named Europe’s leading tech hub by the Wall Street Journal and ranked by Start-up Genome as the 2nd best place in the world to open a start-up!

Over the last number of years, Start TLV-Ireland, has become one of the ‘must win’ start-up competitions.  Previously, winners have included Trustev, Bizimply and Logograb which have used the competition as stepping stone for wins in bigger competitions and to increase their international reputation.

Pat Phelan, who represented Trustev ;

“Trustev really enjoyed their experience at START TLV. It was incredible to see the huge volume of activity in the startup technology space in Israel which we got to see in great detail, thanks to an excellent programme of events and activities”.

This year’s competition will celebrate the diversity and equality within the Irish start-up ecosystem by adopting the theme of selecting the best and brightest female-led start-up to represent Ireland in Tel Aviv.

The local competition to find the most innovative Irish start-up was initiated in 2013 and coordinated by the Ireland Israel Business Network, a bilateral business to business forum established in 2012, with the aim of generating the foundation of greater business opportunities and connections between the two countries. The Business network now has 1000+ members and runs frequent start-up focused events in both countries.  The competition is also supported by leading law firm Philip Lee that specialises in advising Israeli companies on all aspects of Irish and English commercial law, EL AL, Ireland’s favourite air carrier to Israel and NDRC, one of the leading centres in Ireland supporting the start-up community.

Interested companies can apply to participate via the competition website and all applications must be received by  17th June with a pitch night for finalists to be held on Wednesday 29th June at NDRC.

Organiser, Clyde Hutchinson

“Ireland and Israel are two small countries on the opposite edges of Europe with many similarities in terms of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology focus.  We are delighted that Ireland has been selected again as one of countries for START TLV 2016, validating Ireland’s place amongst the leading hubs for innovation and start-ups as leading light for female-led entrepreneurship”


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About Ireland Israel Business Network

The network will organise regular events focusing on common shared interests in ICT, mobile communications, cleantech/renewables and medical technology. The Network will also organise ad hoc events and roundtables in both Ireland and Israel to facilitate visiting professionals and encourage links.

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