30 Arab-led startups pitched to investors at the Nazareth High-Tech Investor Conference

The third annual conference on high tech in the minority sectors was held this Tuesday in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Equality, the US Embassy in Israel and the Innovation Authority.

The conference was organized and led by Sami Lahyani, Director of the Economic Development Division of the Economic Development Bureau for Minorities in the Ministry of Social Equality, in cooperation with Abed Azzam, Director of the Business Sector, Manal Haddad of the US Embassy in Israel, Mrs. Kheir Abdel Razek from the Innovation Authority, and with the support of Fadi Swidan and the "Hybrid" Accelerator programme.

For the first time entrepreneurs from the minorities met with Israeli and American investors in the interest of cooperating and fundraising to further develop their ventures.

Among the participants in the conference were Minister of Social Equality, Mrs. Gila Gamliel, US Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David Friedman, Mayor of Nazareth, Mr. Ali Salam, Director General of the Innovation Authority Mr. Aharon Aharon and Chairman of the National Council for Engineering, Prof. Avi Simhon.

At the conference, Aharon Aharon, head of Israel’s governmental tech investment arm shared that ‘’Support for entrepreneurs coming from Israel’s Arab minority is crucial for the country’s economic and social development, IIA widened its support for Arab startups, awarding more than $17 million (NIS 65 million) in grants to Arab entrepreneurs in Israel since the beginning of 2018’’.

Photo credits to Amit shoal and Sami Lahyani.

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