Israel Promotes Investment Opportunities for Tech Startups at Davos
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Representatives from an Israeli agency conveyed a clear message to the business community at Davos: Israel's burgeoning startup scene is actively seeking investment, even amidst the challenges posed by the Israel-Hamas conflict. Dror Bin, the CEO of the publicly funded Israel Innovation Authority, emphasized in an interview with Reuters that despite the ongoing war, the country's tech sector is resilient and thriving.
In the wake of the conflict, which led to the mobilization of over 300,000 Israelis for reserve military service since the October 7 attacks by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, labor shortages impacted the tech sector. However, with changes in the situation, there is an expectation that these shortages will ease, providing new opportunities for growth.
Dror Bin highlighted the Israel Innovation Authority's role, stating that financial matching by the private sector is a prerequisite for the agency to grant funds to Israeli startups engaged in research and development. Successful startups, in turn, repay the value of their grants to the agency. Bin emphasized the importance of ensuring that potential investors do not adopt a 'wait and see' approach regarding the evolving global landscape.
While Bin did not disclose specific investments facilitated by the agency, he shared that some participants at Davos were considering investment as both a financial opportunity and a form of philanthropic activity. "They want to invest, they want to support Israel," Bin stated, underscoring the positive response from some members of the Davos community to his call for backing the Israeli tech ecosystem.