A start-up boot camp for European entrepreneurs called BizCamp Tel Aviv has launched today in a bid to help small tech firms take their business ideas to the next level.
The 10 winners from 10 different countries, including one from the UK, will be flown out on the all-expenses paid trip to Israel this October where they will attend seminars, pitch their ideas to VCs and network with Israel's leading high tech companies, CEOs, investors and start-ups.
The successful applicants will also get free entry to Digital Life Design (DLD) Festival in Tel Aviv (worth £325) and visits to the main R&D facilities of Google, eBay and Microsoft.
The BizCamp Tel Aviv competition is in its second year and is supported by Campus Tel Aviv, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and technology website The Next Web.
H.E. Daniel Taub, Ambassador of Israel to the UK, and competition judge, said: “I have heard Israel referred to as the world’s biggest start-up. If that is true, then the dynamic start-up community in Tel Aviv is its beating heart. BizCamp is an opportunity to experience at first-hand the energy, which permeates the streets of Tel Aviv. It is a chance to be inspired, and forge life-long friendships.”
The judging panel also includes: Eze Vidra, head of Campus at Google; Martin Bryant, managing editor, The Next Web; and Gilad Novik, CTO at small business investment specialist Horizon Ventures.
Those UK start-ups wishing to enter must complete the online application form by September 2. Four UK finalists will be announced shortly after and asked to pitch at Google Campus in London on September 12, with the eventual winner travelling to Israel one month later. To qualify for entry start-ups must be from the tech sector, at seed stage, and aged between 23 and 30.
Tel Aviv was ranked as having the second biggest start-up ecosystem at the end of 2012 in a report released by Spanish telecoms provider Telefonica and Startup Genome.