WORLD - Global Startups Drawn to Israel

Arno Froese

Floretta Mayerson is cofounder of the Mexican startup Violetta, a digital safe space where domestic violence victims can get psychological and legal assistance anytime via a chatbot.

“We have always admired the Israeli startup environment. The growth potential of questioning and re-thinking our project through its lens is huge.”

“The internationalism of the program is core to what we do. Our Jerusalem location was always meant to serve startups from around the world,” says MassChallenge Israel Managing Director Yonit Serkin.

The MassChallenge locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, Mexico and Switzerland also draw applicants from outside of their geography. But not from as far afield as the Israeli branch attracts.

“Here it’s truly from all corners of the world,” Serkin tells ISRAEL21c.

Serkin also points out that “the incredibly density of entrepreneurship here doesn’t exist elsewhere. We can connect with the best minds at some 400 multinational R&D centers within an hour’s drive from Jerusalem. You don’t have this density of innovation professionals in any other place. It’s an incredibly efficient way to connect.”

2021 MassChallenge Israel cohort
Accesstravels (Israel) is an inclusive community-based travel platform enabling people with physical disabilities to overcome barriers to global travel.

Accounting Made Easy (South Africa) is a business financial literacy tool that uses a gamified, interactive web app to provide a full learning experience in seven hours.

Ayambe Talent Solutions (Rwanda) uses machine learning to match skilled technicians in Africa to clients in need of their skills.

EroeGo (United Arab Emirates) is developing an app allowing consumers access to soon-to-expire fresh groceries at affordable prices.

Fabric (United States) brings geospatial experiences to mobile apps by combining real-time geolocation, augmented reality and messaging capabilities. (India) is simplifying micro-credit business with AI-powered mobile platform for less tech-savvy borrowers.

Munevo (Germany) is working on DRIVE, the first wheelchair control using smart glasses as a joystick alternative.

Nymiz Software Company (Spain) anonymizes and pseudo anonymizes personal data from documents and databases to protect privacy and remain GDPR compliant.

SAYeTECH Company (Ghana) designs and builds smart agricultural machinery embedded with IoT suited for Africa.

Tiotech AS (Norway) is developing the next generation of titania for use in fast-charging, long-life batteries.

WiDE (Israel) is an innovative treatment platform for children with autism.

Zeppi (Israel) is a floating video call device for people unable to use smartphones or tablets., 3 May 2021

Arno's Commentary

From the 42 startups listed, 29 are Israeli. That simply means, Israel is on the right track to become the world leader when it comes to high-tech startups.

We will continue to highlight Israel’s successes with Isaiah 61:6 in mind: “But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.” While this is not exactly the case now, we know they are in the process of reaching that goal. It will be the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, as we read in the next chapter: “And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name” (Isaiah 62:2).

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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