Daily Israel Report

Tel Aviv Vies for First in 'Most Innovative City' Poll

Tel Aviv has been chosen as one of three finalists to compete for the title of being the "Most Innovative City" in the world.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/24/2012, 12:15 AM

Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Tel Aviv has been chosen as one of three finalists to compete for the title of being the "Most Innovative City" in the world.

New York City and Medellin, Colombia were also listed among the top three in an online competition, conducted by The Wall Street Journal, in conjunction with Citibank.

The three finalists beat London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Vienna, among others, in vying for the top spot.

The Wall Street Journal highlights aspects that make the city one of the world’s most innovative. “The White City, planned by Sir Patrick Geddes, has been honored by UNESCO as an example of modern architecture and town planning” the paper writes, adding that it has been honored for its innovative culture many times before.

“Highlighting Tel Aviv’s tradition of innovation in research and technology, the Startup Genome Project called the city a top ‘start-up success ecosystem.’”

The poll has even captured the attention of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, both of whom touted the city’s ranking and acknowledged accomplishments.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai also promoted Tel Aviv’s world status, saying, “We are investing great efforts in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation."

The winner, which will be announced on January 24, 2013, will be covered in the February 2013 issue of The Wall Street Journal Magazine.

The city with the most votes in the online survey will be deemed winner.