Scientists in the clean room of the intel factory in Jerusalem. (Flash90) (Flash90)
Scientists in the clean room of the intel factory in Jerusalem


Good News Israel presents Jerusalem is an emerging tech hub; Israel helps farms in Zimbabwe and much more.

By: Michael Ordman



Jerusalem – an emerging tech hub

Best known as the ancient city holy to billions of people around the world, Jerusalem has become a flourishing center for biomed, cleantech, Internet/mobile startups, accelerators, investors and supporting service providers.

And please listen to Roy Munin, CEO of MadeinJLM, who explains why Entrepreneur and Time magazines named Israel’s holy capital city as top global startup ecosystem.

Citi challenges startups in Jerusalem

I included Citi’s Mobile Challenge in the 29 Mar 2015 newsletter. There were 12 Israeli startups among the 21 contenders at Jerusalem’s “Startup Nation demo day”. Winners will receive $100,000 and get the opportunity to give Citi’s customers “remarkable experiences”.

Israel and Korea Strengthen Water Industry Ties

At the World Water Forum in Daegu, Korea’s 3rd largest city, Israel and Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance cooperation in the water arena. A large delegation from Daegu is coming to the WATEC (Water Technology) conference in Tel Aviv in October.

Growing farms in Zimbabwe

Israeli startup Platfarm has developed a platform for farmers in developing countries to improve their production and delivery to buyers. It has a pilot running in Zimbabwe and aims to roll out to South America, where Platfarm’s co-founder Leonardo Marcovitz was born.

Brazil and Israel startups meet up

Israeli and Brazilian entrepreneurs and investors joined up at a “Meet the Brazilian start up scene in Israel.

What makes Tel Aviv the hottest tech hub?

Israelis explain the secrets of Tel Aviv’s success.

Just Gett it

Israeli-based start-up Get Taxi is branching out. It has re-branded itself as Gett and will soon allow customers to order a wide range of services and products, from pizza and sushi, to flowers and wine, massages and manicures, cleaners and even doctors – and all within 10 minutes, the company promises.,7340,L-4652126,00.html

Meanwhile, Gett has introduced guaranteed maximum (fair) fares for its black cab taxi service in New York City. And unlike most competitors, it keeps prices constant, even during busy times.

$10 million for Windward

Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, has made another big Israeli investment through his Horizons Ventures fund. This time, its Windward – the maritime data and analytics company. Horizons invested in Israel’s Waze, before Google bought it for $1 billion.

Mississippi wants Israeli companies

Mississippi governor Phil Bryant hosted Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and invited Israeli companies to “come to Mississippi”. Dermer listed agriculture, defense and cyber security as Israeli sectors likely to find a home and/or a partner in Mississippi.


Click here for all of this week’s Good News from Israel.