Start Tel Aviv competition calls for Irish start-up entries

25 May 2015

Start Tel Aviv, an international start-up competition to be held in Israel, is calling on Irish applicants to take part in the event this September, with 20 countries expected to compete.

Taking place over the course of five days, participants will be among illustrious company given that the country is widely regarded as one of the hotbeds of some of the most innovative tech start-ups in the world, with figures from last year showing that the number of start-ups per capita and tech exits totalled US$6.94bn in 2014.

The Irish team that makes it to the competition later this year will be joined by start-ups from countries including Colombia, Chile, Norway, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Spain, the UK, Hungary, France, South Africa, India, Japan, China, the Netherlands and Serbia.

The Irish participant will be decided following a pitch night being held in late June as part of a programme started by the Ireland Israel Business Network (IIBN), the law firm Byrne Wallance and the NDRC.

To enter into the pitch night next month, interested companies need to submit a 30-second video on “Why their company should go to Tel Aviv?” and those applying online need to do so by 17 June.

One of the competition’s previous winners, Pat Phelan from Trustev, said of Start Tel Aviv:  “Trustev really enjoyed their experience at START TLV. It was incredible to see the huge volume of activity in the start-up technology space in Israel, which we got to see in great detail thanks to an excellent programme of events and activities”.

Tel Aviv at night image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic