New Delhi, August 9th, 2017 – The Embassy of Israel in New Delhi is renewing the search for the next Startup to represent India in the biggest international startup competition in Israel – Start JLM.

Start JLM - First Start Jerusalem Competition Launched in India

Following the success of Start TLV, bringing startups from around the world to present their innovation on a unique international platform, the municipality of Jerusalem has opened its startup ecosystem to the world. Entrepreneurs from 40 countries will take part in an all-expenses paid trip to Jerusalem to attend a boost camp for early stage startups.

The Start JLM competition in India was launched this week, with the finals to be held in New Delhi on September 28th, 2017. The Embassy of Israel is heading the search in cooperation with the Indian Government’s Department of Science & Technology (DST) with the aim of bringing together India and Israel’s startup ecosystems. The DST will also provide the 5 top startups competing in the finals in Delhi free access to one of India’s prominent incubators.

Ambassador Daniel Carmon commented on the event: “Innovation is one of the main pillars in the Indo-Israeli relations and was proudly featured in Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel last month. Start JLM is one of the many ways we are integrating Indian and Israel Innovation for a common good. We invite young Indian innovators to come to the ancient city of Jerusalem to join hands with Israeli and international entrepreneurs alike in shaping a better future for the world.”

This competition is a reflection of the prominence of innovation in the Indo-Israeli bilateral relations as was evident in the visit of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to Israel in July. Cooperation on Innovation is mentioned in the joint statement given by both prime ministers in Israel, and is a precursor to bilateral cooperation in water and agriculture as well.

For more information about the competition click here. The deadline for entries is September 4th, 2017. Apply now!
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Why Jerusalem?
Jerusalem is one of the fastest growing tech hubs, recognized as such by many media organizations and research centers. Time Magazine ranked Jerusalem as the first among five emerging tech hubs in the world, while Startup Genome, which ranks start-up ecosystems around the globe, placed Jerusalem among the honorable top 30 leading start-up ecosystems worldwide.

Jerusalem is an exciting place for entrepreneurs, a home base for Israel’s leading companies, investors and academic institutions. The city’s multicultural energy has created a unique environment for creators and innovators to connect and bring their world-changing ideas to fruition.

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