ISRAEL - Entrepreneurship Knows No Borders

Arno Froese

Ahead of Under 30 Summit EMEA, Forbes editor Randall Lane lauds Israeli entrepreneurship.

“When you look at the world’s great entrepreneurial cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are way, way up there, and it’s apparent to anyone who spends any time here,” Lane said. “We were able to see that the Start-Up Nation reputation is true. The Start-Up Nation ethos is pervasive.”

In Lane’s mind, Israel provides a “very natural” environment for the summit, due to the country’s position as a leading entrepreneurial hot spot combined with its unique cultural ties and history.

“It’s an amazing event that happens to be in Israel but also does an amazing job showcasing the Israeli start-up and tech ecosystem—which is why we’re here,” Lane said.

Approximately 750 young entrepreneurs from 35 countries and 25 industries—40% of whom are CEOs and founders of their ventures—are expected to attend.

“They come early and they stay late and they don’t sleep,” Lane said.

Like last year, approximately one-third of the participants at this year’s summit will come from the US, one-third from Europe and one-third from Israel and the rest of the Middle East and Africa region.

“I was just absolutely struck by the entrepreneurial ethos here, and it’s hard to describe if you’re not here,” he said. “The feeling, the eureka moment, was in the SOSA (South of Salame) Tel Aviv start-up hub. I spoke there and I went up to the roof there, and you could see start-ups as far as the eye can see, all the way to the sea. It has that Silicon Valley feel but with this incredible location and history.”

“We really believe that this project is a very positive force for coexistence and for understanding,” Lane said. “Entrepreneurship is a universal language. There are no borders.”, 22 February 2017

Arno's commentary

This tiny country on the Mediterranean, surrounded by mostly hostile, Islamic countries, is rapidly developing toward world leadership. Consider that this country, approaching the age of 70, had to literally fight for its existence due to Arab hostility, yet is developing into a leading nation when it comes to knowledge and technology. That is nothing short of miraculous

One must also consider that Israel’s right to the allotted territory, conquered in the process of defending their own life and existence, is constantly called into question by the entire world, yet unjustifiably. We again point to the fact that historically, all nations were founded by the barrel of a gun. Only Israel is apparently not permitted to do so. Nevertheless, Israel’s amazing creativeness forces the entire world to take notice, rightly expressed by Mr. Lane’s statement: “Entrepreneurship is a universal language. There are no borders.” That will be fulfilled only when Jesus returns and reigns from Jerusalem, implementing righteous law and abolishing all military force. That is Israel’s future.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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