Tech start-ups launch to Israeli Landing Pad


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Ten artificial intelligence and machine learning start-ups in NSW are being given the opportunity to meet with global innovation experts in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Federal Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo and NSW Minister for Innovation Matt Kean are calling for start-ups to apply for the intensive, 10-day program at Austrade’s Israel Landing Pad this July as part of a joint Austrade and NSW Government program.

“The Turnbull Coalition government recognises the importance of innovation to Australia’s economic growth, that’s why we’ve established the Landing Pad program as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda,” Ciobo said.

“Our Landing Pads in Berlin, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore have already helped connect dozens of Australian start-ups with big investors, and advised how to scale up their business in a competitive global environment.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity and I applaud the NSW Government for having the vision to invest in its entrepreneurs.”

Kean said the government remains focused on ensuring NSW is the start-up capital of Australia, and the Israel trip is a fantastic opportunity to showcase home-grown talent on a global stage.

“I’m proud to say that NSW is Australia’s home of innovation, and continues to attract companies that are creating the next generation of jobs and businesses,” he said.

“Israel is continuing to prove itself as a global leader in innovation, so the knowledge our start-ups bring home will be absolutely invaluable to their businesses, and our local economy.

“Last year, I had the pleasure of seeing the Landing Pad personally. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and network with the best in the business, and I encourage NSW start-ups to take advantage of it.”

The program includes an introduction to the Israeli start-up environment, engagement with local AI start-ups and founders who have successfully expanded in the global market, and networking opportunities with the local community.

This marks the third year the NSW Government has partnered with Austrade’s Landing Pad program.

Applications close on 11 June 2018.

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