The Start Tel Aviv Competition 

What is Start Tel Aviv?

Start Tel Aviv is a global competition held by The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tel Aviv Global that brings together technology startups from 21 different countries around the world to compete for the opportunity to take part in an intense, five-day startup experience in Tel Aviv's unrivaled startup ecosystem.


Start Tel Aviv 2015 is currently underway! Competitions are being running simultaneously in 21 different countries. This is the fourth annual competition where founders from around the world are competing against startups from their own country for the prize of an all-expense paid, five day bootcamp in Tel Aviv.





















When will the winner's five-day startup experience take place? 

September 6- 11, 2015, during the the DLD Innovation Fesitval 


The DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival is a global gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world, held throughout Tel Aviv in mid-September. The Festival is comprised of a long list of events, conferences, meet-ups, mingles and gatherings, all focusing on different sides of digital, technological, social, and urban innovation. 


Competition guidelines: 

Only one founding member of a startup company may submit the company to the Start Tel Aviv competition and that founder will be subject to the conditions below. The prize will be given to the founder who entered the competition.


Conditions for eligibilty to submit a company to the Start Tel Aviv competition:

  1. Age of submitting founder: 25 – 40 

  2. Technology startup from the following Sectors: Web, Mobile

  3. Stage: Seed Stage


How many winners are there?


This year, Start Tel Aviv will be giving prizes to 21 different startups from 21 different countries. Each winning startup will send one founder to represent their startup and partake in the startup experience.


Why Tel Aviv?

Tel Aviv is the business capital of Israel and a leading innovation hub with a local ecosystem of world class tech talents, dozens of leading multinationals and hundreds of tech star startups. The city was named Europe’s leading tech hub by the Wall Street Journal and ranked

by Startup Genome as the 2nd best place in the world to open a startup!


What is the prize?

The prize is an intense, all-expense-paid, five-day startup experience in the heart of Tel Aviv, during the exciting and innovative DLD Festival. 


Prizes are awarded to 21 of the competing startups from around the world (one winner from each competing country). The winners will be joined by local Israeli entrepreneurs to participate in lectures, workshops and meetings with leading Israeli investors and professionals.


The winning startup experience takes place during the DLD Innovation Festival week, and participants have the opportunity to meet the coolest and smartest companies, techies, investors, designers, artists, scientists, and cultural drivers from Israel and abroad.



Participating Countries 



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For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Colombia, click here.



For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Denmark, click here.



For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Finland, click here.



For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Germany, click here or visit the Facebook.



For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Greece, click here.



For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Hungary, click here.



For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Delhi, click here. Stay posted for info. on Start Tel Aviv Mumbai. 



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For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Norway, click here.



For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Serbia, click here.



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For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Italy, click here.



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South Korea


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For more info. on Start Tel Aviv Spain, click here.

South Africa


For more info. on Start Tel Aviv South Africa, click here.

United Kingdom


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 The Five-Day Winner's Program 

Tentative program (subject to change)


Start Tel Aviv will take place during the DLD Festival week, and  participants will have the opportunity to meet the coolest and smartest companies, techies, startups, designers, artists, scientists, investors, and cultural drivers from Israel and abroad.


Day 1: 
  • Orientation & Introductions

  • Rooftop Welcome Brunch

  • A visit to the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator

  • Mayor's Cocktail Reception


Day 2:
  • Workshops & Sessions including: Innovaton in the Startup Nation, How to Fundraise, How to Build a Killer Team, Taking your Product Global, and more.

  • Investor's Pitching Session with top investors and venture capitlists, hosted by Innovation Endeavors 


Day 3:
  • Access to Europe’s top tech conference brand -Tel Aviv DLD Innovation Festival, a global gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world, held throughout Tel Aviv in mid-September. The Festival is comprised of a long list of events, conferences, meet-ups, mingles and gatherings, all focusing on different sides of digital, technological, social and urban innovation. 

  • Open Startup: A city wide festival celebrating the startup city of Tel Aviv, with over 100 local startups and accelerators opening their doors to the general public, presenting a "behind the scenes" look into the world of startups and startupers. 

  • Rotschild Boulevard Urban Happening: events and innovation, all night long.


Day 4:
  • DLD Innovation Festival (DAY 2)

  • Time for one-on-one meetings with other professionals from a multitude of industries

  • Open Startup Party


Day 5:
  • Touring Israel: A visit to Jerusalem 

Start Tel Aviv Partners 

Israel is home to eight million people, including immigrants from over 130 countries around the world. Yet, despite being such a tiny country and just 65 years old, Israel has become a global hub for art, culture, science, technology, and, of course, innovation.


Second only to the United States, Israel has generated more startup companies than than large, industrial nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, France, Germany and the UK. 


In addition, Israel has, per capita,attracted over twice as much venture capital investment as the US and 30 times more than all the members of the

European Union combined. 

"If you go to the Middle East looking for oil, you don't need to stop in Israel. But if you go looking for brains, energy and integrity, it is the only stop"

Warren Buffett, founder of Berkshire Hathaway.


“For a small country, Israel will have an oversized impact on the evolution of the next stage of the technology we all use.”

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt


“In two days in Israel, I saw more opportunities than in a year in the rest of the world.”

Paul Smith, Senior Vice President of Philips Medical


“There’s an Israeli working on every insoluble problem.”  

Gary Neill, the head of Johnson & Johnson’s Innovation Research Unit

The 2013 Start Tel Aviv Winners

The 2015 Start Tel Aviv Winners

Ronen Benin | Founder, RightBlue Labs | CANADA

RightBlue Labs develops world leading monitoring systems for the sports, military, personal training, and health markets.

Maria E Gonzalezrubio | COO (Chief Operations Officer), Horus Smart Control | COLOMBIA

We are a home automation system designed to control and monitor your home and small business, Our system is developed by MCA Systems for the Latin American market and designed under MiOS platform with Z-Wave technology. We are the easiest, most affordable and safest way to control your home, anytime, anywhere.

Roland Pokornyik | CEO, Kft. | HUNGARY

EDMdesigner is the most flexible responsive email editor in the market, which is designed to be integrated into your ESP, CRM, CMS, ERP or any other SaaS system.

Luca Boschin | CEO, LogoGrab | IRELAND

LogoGrab develops the most reliable logo recognition technology in the industry. Our technology powers the easiest-to-use augmented reality platform - and the most scalable visual 'social media monitoring' tools.

Nicholas Caporusso | CEO & Founder, INTACT | ITALY

INTACT – healthcare making impact – designs, patents, develops and distributes hardware and software solutions for assessing and reducing risk, for increasing Patient Safety and for improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, the elderly and patients, at the hospital and at home. 

Commercial products, services, and consulting, enable the company to develop new technology and business units, and to expand into other verticals.

Doohwan Kim | CEO & Founder, DIOCIAN, Inc. | KOREA

DIOCIAN is a company that provides a global music networking service that provides every function that is needed for both musicians and listeners, including communication, collaboration, publishing, videos, market etc.

Junhyung Park | International Publishing Manager, DIOCIAN, Inc. | KOREA

DIOCIAN, Inc. is a company that provides a global music network service named DIOCIAN. DIOCIAN provides service for musicians and music lovers with functions to collaborate, communicate, publish, share, comment, and create playlists with music.

Åsmund Møll Frengstad | CEO & Founder, Meshcrafts | NORWAY

Meshcrafts are a big proponent of IoT (Internet of Things), combining our engineering prowess and commercial acumen; we strive to make the world better, if not greener. Our belief  Zero Emission, No Hassle, is very much encapsulated in our first product, Smart Charge, a total solution for EVs.

Gonzalo Rosselló | CEO & Co-Founder, | PERU

Founded in 2013, is a Web and Mobile app designed to solve the management and communications problems in Buildings and Condominiums. Its developed and managed by our UNA Solutions Incubation Team and has been tested by a group of clients that are helping us to improve the platform.

José Luis López | CEO & Founder, Insulcloud | SPAIN

We are a company, focused on an e-health solution, and we provides efficient solutions for a diabetic patient through a technology to manage the administering of insulin in a controlled manner.

Andreas Rehnberg | CEO & Founder, Friendbase | SWEDEN

Friendbase develops a new mobile chat world where millions of young teenagers from all over the world come to chat, meet and hang out with old and new friends, play games, create events and much more.

Stephen O'Leary | CEO, Edutise | UNITED KINGDOM

Edutise save's schools money on supplies and services that currently cost British schools £9.2 billion each year through a partnership with local small businesses. Small businesses face similar budgetary challenges as schools; both are spending too much on services and supplies. We believe that money should be spent on children’s education, such as more teachers, new technology, field trips, and other enriching activities.

Truong Manh Quan | CEO & Founder, Beeketing | VIETNAM

Marketing automation for e-commerce.

The 2014 Start Tel Aviv Winners

Joaquin Blaya | CEO & Founder, eHS | CHILE

eHS is a social business with the vision of improving the quality and efficiency of health care using information systems. We have a clinical focus to ensure that our services facilitate clinical work, improve communication between the health team and the patient. Our service, MiDoctor, for diabetic and hypertensive patients can be seen on this video.

Camilo Reyes| CEO, AgroMall | COLOMBIA

Inspired on farmers, based on innovation and focused in Agriculture,  AGROMALL´s purpose is to establish communications, linking farmers to markets to develop more efficient and effective value chains. We offer technological solutions integrating offer and demand of goods and services in agriculture, creating new opportunities, connecting all agricultural sectors.

Jacob Christensen| COO & Co-Founder, Velocator| DENMARK

Velocator is a cheap tracking device and bicycle light, which allows the user to track his/her's bicycle anywhere in real-time using mesh network technology, thereby saving the charge of data usage. Furthermore it creates a new platform for communication technology.

Florian Simmendinger | Co-Founder, feelthebeat| Germany

feelthebeat is a wearable metronome that vibrates in sync to the beat. It can be connected via Bluetooth to any smart device. With our app, settings of the metronome can be adjusted. Several devices can be linked so that an entire group of musicians can receive vibrations in sync.

Peter Vidos | CEO, TestJockey| HUNGARY

TestJockey is a beta testing and analytics platform for mobile app developers that monitors the behavior of their beta users as they are interacting with the apps. It increases the developers’ chances of success by helping to sort out both bugs, UX & device-specific issues.

Pavan Thatha | CEO & Co-Founder, ShieldSquare| INDIA

ShieldSquare uses big data analytics to block bots/scrapers in real-time there by increasing the traffic, revenues of the online business as well as cut costs in terms of infrastructure, resources.

Ger Ford | UX/Designer | Bizimply| IRELAND

Bizimply is an All–In-One People and Shift Management Solution that will change forever the way restaurants and retail businesses are managed. Bizimply combines all the day-to-day management requirements of these businesses (Scheduling, HR, Clock-In Stations, Shift Reporting and more) into one easy to use cloud based system.

Giuseppe Morlino |CEO & Co-Founder, Snapback| ITALY

Snapback develops revolutionary interfaces for smart devices. We provide an SDK to developers and manufacturers for an enhanced touchless and sightless experience. It enables the use air gestures, device motion, sound and speech commands, which allow users to control devices more intuitively and seamlessly integrate technology into their lives.

Min Kyu Kim | CEO & Co-Founder, Ediket | KOREA

Ediket is a crowdsourced proofreading platform which provides an online community where users can share and proofread documents via a web-based proofreading editor. Ediket’s platform facilitates interaction between editors and editees allowing any user to request or conduct proofreading of a document. Its proofreading editor focuses on adding changes to a document and comparing it to the original.

Rollo Wenlock | CEO & Founder, Wipster| NEW ZEALAND

Wipster is a cloud platform for video producers to work with their teams on creative work.

Martin Jensen| CEO & Founder, Blink| NORWAY

Blink is a new way of meeting people online. We believe in first impressions, and in real people.
We don’t think profiles, static images or profile texts are the best way to represent someone.
Blink is an app where you see short videos of people around you, and where you can send videos back to them, and get to known each other.

Amparo Nalvarte| CEO & Founder, Culqi| PERU

Culqi lets users make and receive payments with credit cards through two free applications available in smartphones with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Culqi uses a technology with QR codes, designed to do fast, easy and safe purchases. Culqi lets any smartphone accept payments with any credit and debit cards in 135 countries and also companies are able to create their own online marketplace.

Nikola Mitić | CEO & Founder, COFA Games| SERBIA

We are gaming enthusiasts, we like to play games. Among us, we also happen to have pretty good programming and design skills. Put the two together and you have COFA Games - bunch of gamers united by the same goal and working under one roof. Goal is to create great games for desktops, tablets, mobile… Heck, we would develop a game for microwave ovens if we could.

Simon Spurr| 30 Day Health| SOUTH AFRICA

2 of the co-founders from the successful team of FOLUP have launched 30 DAY HEALTH - a patented new mobile technology to improve patient management, schedule early intervention, improve medical treatment outcomes and, ultimately, reduce the staggeringly high number of hospital re-admissions. The system has been endorsed by Columbia University Medical Centre, New York, and beta testing commences in July 2014. Our experienced team of solution architects is working directly with leading medical doctors to develop this unique platform. 

José Manuel Santorum Bello| COO, Torus Software Solutions S.L| SPAIN

TORUS engineers hardware and software to work efficiently in your data center and the cloud. TORUS value proposition is improving predictability and performance of latency-sensitive applications through low-latency and efficient solutions based on a combination of a high-performance communication products, TORUS Fast Sockets and FastMPJ, with a deep knowledge on glueing latency-critical software to hardware, thus bridging the performance gap between applications and infrastructure.


Daniel Jarby|Data Scientist, CrowdEmotion| UNITED KINGDOM

Recognition and interpretation of biometric signals for improved business decision making.

Start Tel Aviv 2013 Winners

Dr. Peng Hao of Zhenjiang Internet-of-Things (IOF) from China


IOT-Pro is a R&D company focusing on Green industry and Personal Healthcare services. Our solutions for smart building have been applied to save energy consumption. The products and services for personal healthcare monitoring are also undergoing.

Mr. Juan David Fumpf Luna of Id-Booster from Colombia


Id-Booster is a Crowdfunding 3.0 (Next generation of crowdfunding) and investment platform company, where entrepreneurs, funders and investors around the world can work together to make a business online.

Mr. Tom New of Formisimo from England


Formisimo is an advanced analytics tool that tells you exactly how visitors are interacting with your online forms. Formisimo gives you all the information you need to improve your forms on your site and increase the number of people that complete them, improving your bottom line and making customers happier.

Mr. Pat Phelan of Trustev from Ireland


Trustev’s real time identity engine identifies real customers from fraudsters ensuring that online merchants know exactly who they are transacting withwe use dynamic data sources to verify a user’s identity to enable online merchants to be certain of exactly who they are doing business with.

Mr. Max Modl of Movinary from Germany


movinary offers a cloud-hosted, online platform that enables customers to create videos from their photos and embellish them with text. Using these videos, customers can tell unique, personal stories about special events like weddings, holidays, and birthdays. Each video can be downloaded immediately, so customers can place orders immediately after the video is created.

Mr. Ronak Kumar Samantray co-founder of NowFloats from India


NowFloats helps the SMBs get online and get discovered by potential customers. All this using just simple SMS! NowFloats aims at simplifying and making internet relevant for small businesses

Ms. Gioia Pistola of Atooma from Italy


Atooma is a cloud horizontal platform that enables the connection between soft sensors and hard sensors to suggest smart actions and contents when the users really need them. Atooma provides context awareness to apps and connected devices. Imagine setting your alarm clock earlier in the morning because you need to refill you car and be on time at the meeting, automatically, or receiving suggestions on the best fitting cocktail at the club based on your calories consumption. 

Mr. Simon Lee, CEO and founder of flitto from Korea


Flitto is a Crowd Sourcing Translation Platform that translates voice, text, images in different languages. Users can read any contents in their native languages and they can even translate contents to achieve points that users can exchange for real money.

Mr. Eldars Loginovs, co-founder and CEO of Fastr from Latvia


Fastr develops ebook app that aims to improve user reading experience. Fastr makes book discovery process exciting by adding user generated content with readlists and rich media. Like playlists for music, readlists let users to link books, single chapters and articles in one readlist, to cover some subject.

Mr. Pablo Migul Fernandez of Splash Mobile from Spain


Splash Mobile focuses on developing mobile applications for disable people and elderly ones. 112 Accessible is a platform that allows deaf persons to contact emergency services.- Remind Me My Pills is a platform that helps people to remember which pills they need to take, how and when.

Mr. Mathias Karlsson of Detectify from Sweden


Detectify is a service that allows website owners and developers to analyze their security level by applying a broad range of emulated hacker attacks. Insert a URL and before you know it, you'll have a report covering your issues. With Detectify you can go hack yourself. Before someone else does!

Mr. Carlos Alaejos Garcia of Discue from Denmark


Discue wants to empower the voice of the people – for those who are not voiced by the mass media. Discue is an online platform for audiovisual live discussions.Discue strives to change the way people see democracy. We aim to be the leading interactive platform for social video conferencing.