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 30 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 2016 is currently underway! Competitions are being running simultaneously in 30 different countries. This is the fifth 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 25 — 29, 2016 during the DLD Innovation Festival

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 female 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 eligibility to submit a company to the Start Tel Aviv competition:

  1. Age of submitting female founder: 25 – 35
  2. Tech based startup
  3. Stage: Seed Stage

How many winners are there?

This year, Start Tel Aviv will be giving prizes to 30 different startups from 30 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 30 of the competing startups from around the world (one winner from each competing country). The winners will be joined by a journalist from their country and 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.