MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation is dedicated to providing developing countries with the best of Israel’s experience in development and planning. As a member of the family of nations, The State of Israel is committed to fulfilling its responsibility to contribute to the fight against poverty and to the global efforts to achieve sustainable development. MASHAV, representing Israel and its people, focuses its efforts on capacity building, sharing relevant expertise accumulated during Israel’s own development experience to empower governments, communities and individuals to improve their own lives.
Course Background: Business Accelerator Program
A business accelerator program is an entity and framework that enables ventures to accelerate their “time to market” and to develop their business model. It offers new ventures the opportunities for fund raising and for reaching investors.
In brief, business accelerators offer practical help from mentors and advisers in the field and provide resources for needed capital. They also supply a network of experienced entrepreneurs, and sometimes even co-working spaces, and give entrepreneurs required contacts and tools to take a startup from concept to market more quickly and effectively than if they do it alone. Participating in an accelerator program provides ventures with the possibility to validate their company’s product or service, by learning and applying professional tools, acquiring new contacts and connections and by attracting new investors. Israel has the proven capacity to turn ideas into innovative products and services and has many different accelerators which have been created to support entrepreneurs in their startup ventures. It is within this framework that the present workshop is offered.
Being the “Startup nation”, it is only natural to address the issue of startup accelerators and expose participants from different countries to the uniqueness of Israel’s entrepreneurial ecosystem which includes over 100 accelerators. Israel is a leader in the entrepreneurial world, combining innovation with technology, education, academia and more, comprising of various populations: men, women, youth, children, veteran Israelis, new comers, minority groups and more.
The Course is designed for women and men alike, entrepreneurs and managers of accelerators and other entrepreneurial support programs, as well as those working in governmental institutions and SME support agencies, private sector support systems for entrepreneurs and NGOs dealing with small business support and development.
The course will be held at the Dan Panorama Hotel, situated at Boulevard HaNassi 107 in Haifa, Israel. Completed application forms, including the medical form, should be sent to the relevant Israeli mission in the respective country no later than January 15th, 2018.
For more information, the course brochure can be downloaded here.