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The Hive: an accelerator for Olim

Yesterday, we visited the accelerator The Hive, created in 2006 in Tel Aviv, and presented to us by its director Audrey Chocron. An accelerator is like an incubator, but on a shortest period (6 months instead of 2years). This accelerator is the brainchild of the association Gvahim whose purpose is to facilitate the integration of Olims (new immigrants in Israel) finding positions in Israeli society.

the Innovators Nation team at the Hive

the Innovators Nation team at the Hive

This is a very pleasant and colorful place that allows 15 entrepreneurs of 8 nationalities to make their projects become a reality. There’s no time to dwell on the business plan and prospects, they must first act as the lucky ones have only 6 months in the accelerator before flying on their own. Fortunately among these 8 start-ups, 5 are IT projects that quickly reach their market.
The Hive is a real network accelerator for these newly arrived graduates. The main problem for these entrepreneurs is that, are they are freshly arrived in Israel, they did not go to the army, so did not created their network of friends and relationships in the country. Plus, Israeli employers often don’t know very well the schools or universities were Olim are graduated from. So The Hive make them meet CEO, investors, consulants, coaches,etc.

After Audrey’s presentation, we met some entrepreneurs and talked with them about their project.

Giorgio talking with an entrepreneur, at The Hive

Giorgio talking with an entrepreneur, at The Hive

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Discovering the internal innovation process at Qualcomm

A new busy day starts with the visit of Qualcomm, an American high-tech company. Its headquarters in Israel are located in the MATAM (international technology center) in Haifa. We had a 2 hours bus ride from Tel Aviv to join Haifa, which is located on a very beautiful place, very close to the sea. Nir Ofry, member of the Innovation Team, makes us a quick presentation of the company. Qualcomm is a global telecommunication corporation that designs, manufactures and markets digital wireless products and services. It is like Intel 25 years ago, as the world’s largest fables semiconductor company and first in wireless technology. They help developers to develop many applications and Nir showed us some of them like iOnRoad, an app which indicates the distance between you and the car in front of you. Very usefull but a little bit scary: it can prevent car accidents.

Qualcomm headquarters in Haifa

Qualcomm headquarters in Haifa

Qualcomm employs 22,000 people and tries very hard to maintain the entrepreneurship spirit. Why is that? Because technology companies cannot be late in any sectors. So Qualcomm developed Qualcomm Innovation Network (QIN), a system for promoting corporate entrepreneurship and innovation. To know more about the internal innovation process at Qualcomm, read the dedicated article on Israel Valley.

At least, Nir told us about his personal story. He had to go to the army when he was 18 and became responsible of a huge information system in Tsahal (the Israeli army). As his mission had to remain a secret, he couldn’t tell anyone about his activities, so he developed the ability to solve problems on his own.

In Israel, geniuses are detected at a young age (around 10) at school, and they are then directed to special units in the army to develop their high potential.

The Innovators Nation team with Nir at Qualcomm, in Haifa

The Innovators Nation team with Nir at Qualcomm, in Haifa

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D-10 before the innovation trip!

Hello,

Welcome on our brand new blog! We have been thinking about this trip since a few weeks, and we are now organizing this project in details.

This morning, we all had a meeting at ESCP Europe to discuss the goals of this trip. We agreed on 3 points:

  • visibility: we want to become famous! It means we want everyboby to be aware of what is the innovation major at ESCP Europe (click here to meet us), what is the Innovators Nation project, and who are our sponsors (have a look at the sponsors page to discover them).
  • learning: at the end of this trip, we should be able to explain to you and to anyone else what is the Israeli ecosystem facilitating innovation (role of the state, the companies, the universities, the investors, etc.).
  • entertainment: we want to share with you what we are going to discover in Israel. Israeli people, food, religion, culture, and more.

We hope you will be as much interested in this project as we are! If you have any comment or suggestion, feel free to leave a reply.

More details about the team and the project soon…

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