Israeli Innovation Ecosystem: History and Lessons


Start-Up Nation Central operates as a GPS for investors, businesses, and governments seeking to access Israel's ecosystem. Providing customized offerings to the needs of each client engaging with Start-Up Nation Central – and bolstered by the advantages of being an independent not-for-profit organization – Start-Up Nation Central focuses on providing domain expertise in three key areas: cyber security, digital health and agrotech. However, through its vast Israeli network, the organization can also connect its clients to the right experts for virtually any technology application, as it has in water, fintech, retail, and others. Since its founding, Start-Up Nation Central has developed a vetted database, called The Finder (formerly ILVenture) representing more than 4,300 active Israeli start-ups across a dozen industries. It has also connected more than 200 global leaders to Israel's innovation ecosystem, helping to bolster foreign investment and trade. Clients have included senior government officials from a number of countries, U.S. and European banks, Fortune 100 insurance companies and consumer companies, Fortune 500 global retailers, global health care providers and technology companies, as well as large private and public investors. Companies and governments have come from countries all over the world, including the U.S., U.K, Canada, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and India.

When: Monday October 16 2017, 17:00

Where: B108 Auditorium, Anastasios Leventis Building 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus



  • Professor Eugene Kandel CEO, Start-Up Nation Central: Professor Kandel has assumed the post of CEO of Start-Up Nation Central in 2015. He has previously served as Head of the National Economic Council of Israel (NEC) and as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel. He is also a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University. Professor Kandel was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. He immigrated to Israel in 1977. He holds a BA and an MA in Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA and a Ph.D in Economics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is the Emil Speyer Professor of Economics and Finance at Hebrew University. He has previously taught at the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy and Research in London and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He founded the Centre for Financial Markets and Institutions and the MA programme in Finance and Financial Economics, both at Hebrew University. He advised on the re-design of the Nasdaq and other U.S. markets in the 1990s. He was the advisor on the design of the Mutual and Provident Funds ranking system in Holland and in Israel. He served as a judge on the Israeli Antitrust Court and was Chairman of the Investments Committees of pension and provident funds in Israel.

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