Google Clicks on Israel
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cut the ribbon on Monday to inaugurate Google’s new R & D center and start-up incubator in Tel Aviv. The “campus” covers an entire floor of a high-rise office building and will be devoted to encouraging innovation in Israel.
Last week, the United Nations passed an “Entrepreneurship for Development” resolution that was introduced by Israel.
Entrepreneurs in the new Google center will have access to Google’s experts as well as tablets and Smartphones for testing apps.
Google’s "Launch Pad” gives start-ups two weeks in “boot camp” to work in tech incubators and accelerator programs and operate in various hi-tech fields.
The first programs will collaborate with Silicon Valley incubator Upwest Labs and The Junction, an Israeli open house for entrepreneur, Globes reported.
"We are committed to promoting and supporting entrepreneurship, which is not only important economically, but also socioeconomically, especially in the reality in which we live, said Prime Minister Netanyahu.
“Nonetheless, we must invest more. Although entrepreneurship and technology have boosted us to the top of the pyramid, we have a problem with the achievements of Israeli pupils in international tests, and we are dealing with the matter and investing billions in this area.”
Google Israel, Africa and Greece managing director Meir Brand said, "The expansion of activity, the establishment of the Campus, and the move to new offices in Tel Aviv indicate the company's intention to develop and grow in Israel."
The Google Center and incubator follow by nine months a similar venture in Israel by Microsoft.