Tel Aviv is one of the best places on the planet to build a tech startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.
With applications for the Tel Aviv Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Tel Aviv Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Tel Aviv Founder Institute and local leaders: Athanasios Ladopoulos (Mr, MOOCTORS ), Eszter Olver (Partner, EJ Capital AG), Ingeborg Gasser-Kriss (Board Director, Innovation Advisor , FoodTech), Julia Devecchi (Director FI Zurich | Founder | Startup Enthusiast, Naanu Foods AG), Lilla Peczely (co-director, Founder Institute Switzerland - Israel chapter), Swiss Admin, Thomas Ackermann (Managing Director, Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC))
This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version.
Text version included below, for ease of searching:
There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.
1. Idea Stage
This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.
Tel Aviv Inspirational Startup Events: Open, inclusive, beginner tech events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
Best Practices Startup Events: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like 1 Million Cups, Startup Grind, Startup Founder 101, etc).
Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and bootcamps for entrepreneurs. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
2. Launch Stage
In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.
3. Growth Stage
Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.
4. Success Stories
Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.
To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.
1. Tech Evangelists
A list of potential advisors. Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies. (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc.)
2. Startup Government Resources
Public startup programs, grants, and other services that facilitate local economic development.
Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.
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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Tel Aviv Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)