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Orgenesis seals pact with BGU to develop dissolvable carriers for cell culturing

Under the license deal, Orgenesis will receive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize technologies utilizing the dissolvable carriers for cell culturing. Orgenesis Inc (NASDAQ:ORGS), a developer and manufacturer of advanced cell therapies, announced Wednesday that it has entered into a licensing and collaboration agreement with Israel-based Ben-Gurion University for the development of dissolvable carriers for cell culturing. The technology was developed by Professor Smadar Cohen, founder and director of The Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell (RMSC) Research Center at Ben-Gurion University. Under the license agreement, the Germantown, Maryland, company has received exclusive, worldwide rights to make, develop and commercialize technologies utilizing the dissolvable carriers for cell culturing. The technology potentially allows Orgenesis to reduce the cost and complexity of manufacturing its cell therapy programs. “We are honored to continue our strategic partnership with leading scientists at Ben-Gurion University who have developed this unique dissolvable carrier for cell culturing,” said Orgenesis CEO Vered Caplan. “These breakthrough carriers are the basis for our development of an automated adherent cell culturing system allowing seamless seeding, harvesting and passaging of cells in closed bioreactors. We are excited about the potential of this technology and its abilities to advance adherent cell culturing for cell therapies.” Professor Smadar Cohen said the Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Center would work with “skilled” scientists at Orgenesis to accelerate research. “The research and development of resolvable carriers for cells contains the potential to produce higher quality cells and the technology allows dissolving of carriers and automatic seeding of new ones,” said Cohen. “We believe that Orgenesis has developed a highly scalable and cost-effective platform for cell therapies, which could help accelerate the development of this technology,” said Cohen. Shares in Orgenesis were up 3.9% to $ 5.35 in morning trading in the US.

The Tradition Continues!

The Tradition Continues! Next Wednesday, the BlockChain Conference will be held this year for the second year in the production of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In the past few years, in general, and especially in the past year, the BlockChain sector has taken a significant share in Israel's high-tech industry. With over $ 1 billion in capital raised and over 150 companies operating in the field. At the annual conference, all updates on the latest trends and innovations will be concentrated in the emerging industry in Israel. This Wednesday, 12.12.2018, the tradition will continue with the second annual BlockChain, this time in the WeWork compound, which is located in the Advanced Technology high-tech park in Be'er Sheva. This year the conference will be marked by an Israeli industry in the field, in which entrepreneurship, investment and employment will be exposed in the growing industry in Israel. Industry leaders will attend the conference to share their knowledge of the field and many of the emerging technological ecosystem in Be'er Sheva are expected to arrive, including representatives of Ben-Gurion University, the various entrepreneurial communities, high-tech park workers, municipal members and many students. Invitation to the Annual Conference: Photos from a summary event for 2016 Photo: Tal Kabsa   To register for free click here the number of seats is limited

A good year begins by registering for the community- Tech7 Juniors

We are excited to open the registration for all Tech7 Juniors community programs in innovation, entrepreneurship and high-tech for young people in Be'er Sheva and the South. This year, the activity includes record events on entrepreneurship and technology, content workshops, introductory courses for start-ups and hi-tech companies, and the community's flagship program for the establishment of a technological venture, accompanied by senior mentors from the high-tech industry in Israel in general and from the South in particular. The activity takes place in the Gav Yam Negev high-tech park. In doing so, we connect the youth to their southern technological entrepreneurial cosmos and open the doors of entrepreneurship and technology at an early age. All programs are funded by the Beer Sheva Municipality, the Education Administration and Federation CJA and supported by the CDI-NEGEV Digital Innovation Center. To read more and to register for the program click here

You’re invited!

You're invited to the Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator (NHSA - Talk series' first talk by Ofer Rotem: Date: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 14:00 Lecturer: Ofer Rotem, Angel investor in blockchain related startups Location: Alon Building for Hi-Tech | 37, Benhamou Incubation Center | 510 Host: Prof. Shlomi Dolev, Head of NHSA Q&A with Ofer Rotem Investor in Blockchain Startups Ofer Rotem is an active Israeli angel investor in blockchain related startups since 2013. Ofer is an analytical person, with past experience in physics and development, and has held managerial and entrepreneurial positions in the past. Ofer backs determined entrepreneurs to support them in their long term quest in disrupting industries. As part of his mission, Ofer regularly invests in the infrastructure needed to facilitate the social revolution introduced by the Distributed Ledger Technology. A few highlights about Ofer: •Invested in more than 25 startups. •Invested in the first ICOs: Mastercoin (2013), NXT (2013). •One of the founders of the Israeli Bitcoin Association (2013) •Co-founded the Forum of the Israeli Blockchain Industry (2018) and initiated weekly meetings with the Israeli regulator (Israeli Security, Tax and other authorities, Central Bank, etc). Ofer has teamed up with Adam Benayoun, the Israeli Partner of 500 Startups, to start Collider Ventures; a multi-stage Venture Capital Fund in the Blockchain space. Collider Ventures is looking to invest and partner with determined entrepreneurs to support them in their long term quest of disrupting industries. Participation is free, but registration is recommended: Please be sure to spread the word to anyone you think may be interested in attending. Looking forward to seeing you on Monday, August 20 at 14:00 in the Alon Building for Hi-Tech | 37, room 510

Winning teams meet CEO of Intel Israel

Last Thursday, three out of the four teams that won the last challenge of the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation met the CEO of Intel Israel! At the meeting, the teams presented their Big Data projects and held a fascinating discussion on the subject. The students, like Intel Israel, place great emphasis on positive social action and the creation of Social Impact. We are confident that they will continue to promote their projects and this important issue even outside the competition. We wish them success in the future!

Come and meet the UK Israel Tech Hub

The Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator team is in town and wants to meet promising Israeli entrepreneurs for their next cohort! This is your chance to discover exciting opportunities for Israeli entrepreneurs looking to penetrate the UK market. The accelerator is equity free and offers start-ups focused advice in the business growth trajectory, expert mentors within the bank and opportunities to pitch to their innovation team. It takes place from October 2018 to March 2019 Come and meet the UK Israel Tech Hub and the accelerator’s management team at WeWork, Beer Sheva– Wednesday 25th July, 9:30-11:30

The International Smart Cities Conference
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We invite you to the first International Smart Cities Conference in the South to be held at the Center for Digital Innovation (CDI-NEGEV). The conference brings experts from the world's largest technical professional organization IEEE and will include practical lectures and case studies on: 💡 Immersive City and the Digital Citizen 💡 Citizens Engagement 💡 Values of Open Data 💡 Cybersecurity, Connectivity & Collaboration Opportunities Join us for a fascinating day with leading speakers and companies in the industry: IEEE, the National Cyber Headquarters, Deloitte Israel, Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), Tech7 - Negev Innovation, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Beer-Sheva municipality.   Register Here >>

Time to go global!
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Bavaria is coming to Be'er Sheva, and that means a whole lot of possibilities you don't want to miss out on. Join us for the finals of our first BIPA edition and prepare yourself for the opening of the 2nd application round! More about the event: Register Here: The Bavaria Israel Partnership Accelerator is a unique program that promotes open innovation via the creation of tailored solutions for unique challenges arriving from real companies.

Meet the ‘Battery’ program
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The Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships is the executive arm of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation for Social activity in Israel. As part of the activities of the foundation and the association, the 'Battery' program (HASOLELA) was established this year to promote the social projects of the Rothschild ambassadors of our various programs, and is a hotbed for promoting these projects. Starting with writing a personal vision, goals and objectives, economic models, preparation for meetings with investors and more. the 'Battery' program is now towards the end of the first cycle of the battery program and face forward towards the second cycle when the goal is to focus on the south. We will be happy to cooperate - starting with meetings of the program and meetings with senior entrepreneurs in the Be'er Sheva high-tech park, exposure to a pool of mentors, investments in social projects from the Negev and generally open to suggestions and ideas for working together for more information about the Rothschild Foundation for Social activity:

Teenovation: Technological Entrepreneurship Course

“It’s not about ideas, It’s about making ideas happen.” The first technological entrepreneurship program in Israel for youth and students together The program accompanied the participants. This is a great collaboration between the Young Entrepreneurship Community- Tech7 Juniors and the Entrepreneur Club for studentL Starter. This course is supported by the Center for Digital Innovation CDI-NEGEV and directed by the Education Director of Beer Sheva. DEMO DAY: when? MAY 14,2018 HIGHTECH PARK GEV-YAM where? CDI NEGEV 77 HaEnergia street, Be'er-Sheva, Israel for more info go to:

Meet Blockchain B7

Blockchain B7 is a non-profit organization born to encourage Blockchain technology entrepreneurship, digital currencies usage and most importantly – educate Beer Sheva residents and students to understanding the groundbreaking technology and how it will affect their lives. The founders of the organization, Or Santo, Kim Bazak, Lahav Levi, Avihay Marciano and Ben Samocha, are working towards those goals through lectures, meetups, conferences and many collaborations. Join the community at Blockchain B7 Facebook page:

Royal Bank of Canada invests $2m in BGU cybersecurity R&D

The collaboration aims to develop protection methods to strengthen AI and machine learning techniques, while limiting their vulnerability to threats. The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is investing $2 million in research at Ben-Gurion University's (BGU) Cybersecurity Research Center, RBC and BGU's technology transfer company BGN Technologies have announced. The funding will support the development of adversarial artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning-based cyber mitigation techniques. The collaboration aims to develop protection methods to strengthen and evaluate the resilience of current AI and machine learning techniques, while limiting their vulnerability to threats and tampering. The research areas will be developed in collaboration with Prof. Yuval Elovici and Dr. Asaf Shabtai, both from the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, at the Ben-Gurion University Cybersecurity Research Center. RBC EVP technology & operations Martin Wildberger said, “In today’s incredibly complex world, we need advanced technology like AI and machine learning to continue developing leading-edge cyber security. This partnership will help support our cyber defense by working with prominent experts in the field, such as the researchers at Ben-Gurion University.” “We are looking forward to collaborating with RBC, Canada’s largest bank,” said Danny Shtaier, High-Tech Business Development, at BGN Technologies. “This partnership provides our researchers with the opportunity to further apply their leadership in cyber security research to the banking industry, where security is crucial for daily operations and the safety of customers.” for more:

BGU offers graduates micro- grants

BEER-SHEVA, Israels (Press Releaser) — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) President Prof. Rivka Carmi has announced a $1 million BGU Entrepreneurship Fund (BEF), the first of its type established by an Israeli university. The student-led fund will provide students and recent graduates with micro-grants to jump-start innovative technologies and concepts. The Fund was announced at the SilicoNegevBGU conference, the largest entrepreneurship event in Israel’s southern region, held yesterday at BGU in Beer-Sheva. “Ben-Gurion University has made a strategic decision to formally designate entrepreneurship as one of its engines for growth, as part of its collaborations with key players in the Beer-Sheva ecosystem and the Ben-Gurion Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to the University’s Marcus Family Campus,” says BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi.” Students will initially be invited to take a class in identifying and investing in promising technologies. Students who graduate will have the opportunity to join the BGU Entrepreneurship Fund’s investment committee, and become campus scouts for new grant candidates, together with industry leaders and BGU’s management. The Fund will invest annually in dozens of student groups. for more read:

Ben-Gurion University Launches $1M Student-Led Venture Capital Fund
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May 24, 2018 | Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has launched a$1 million BGU Entrepreneurship Fund (BEF) to invest in technologies developed by BGU students and graduates, BGU President Rivka Carmi announced at the SilicoNegevBGU entrepreneurship festival on Wednesday. Students will be invited to join a course to learn how to identify innovative and disruptive technologies with a chance to join the fund’s investment team alongside industry leaders and BGU management, once they have successfully finished the course. These students will also become on-campus scouts for innovative technologies. BGU says this is the first student-led entrepreneurship fund created by an Israeli university. Tel Aviv University has also established TAU Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund to invest in early-stage startups founded by students and alumni in the TAU network. read more:

Ben-Gurion University launches $1m student venture fund

The fund will invest in innovative technologies developed by BGU students and graduates in high-tech, biotech and social arenas. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is launching a $1 million venture capital fund to help jump-start innovative student-led technologies and ideas, BGU President Dr. Rivka Carmi announced on Wednesday. The announcement was made at the SilicoNegevBGU Festival, the biggest entrepreneurship event in the south of Israel, held at BGU May 23. As part of the initiative, students can take a new course to develop skills in identifying and investing in promising technologies. Graduates will then have the opportunity to join the fund’s investment committee, together with industry leaders and BGU’s management, and become on-campus scouts for innovative technologies. Current students and recent BGU graduates are able to submit proposals for funding. The primary purpose of this fund is to serve as an educational tool to encourage innovative ideas in the high-tech and biotech fields and in the social arena, said Dana Gavish Fridman, president of entrepreneurship at BGN Technologies, the tech-transfer company of BGU. “Leveraging entrepreneurship as an engine for growth at BGU will create a ripple effect in regional and national development, as the university educates Israel’s next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders,” Gavish Fridman added. for more:

Ben Gurion University Launches $1 Million Investment Fund

The fund will invest in technologies developed and conceived by BGU students and graduates in the fields of technology, biotech, and social engagement Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is launching a $1 million investment fund, BGU President Rivka Carmi announced at an event held at the university on Wednesday. The fund will invest in technologies developed and conceived by BGU students and graduates As part of the new initiative, students that successfully finish a course focused on identifying innovative and potentially disruptive technologies will be given a chance to join the fund’s investment committee and act as on-campus scouters. The main goal of the fund is to encourage on-campus innovation in the fields of technology, biotech and social engagement, Dana Gavish Friedman, vice president of entrepreneurship at BGN Technologies Ltd., the technology commercialization company of BGU, said in a statement. The fund will invest in dozens of groups of students each year, Ms. Gavish Friedman added.

BGU To Hold First SilicoNegev Entrepreneurship Event
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 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Tech 7 innovation community, and the Mata Foundation for Development and Growth will host the South’s “biggest innovative entrepreneurship festival” SilicoNegevBGU on Wednesday, May 23, at BGU’s Abraham Ben David Ohayon Behavioral Sciences Complex. This is the first year for the festival, which initially began as a startup competition in 2016 where 20 ventures competed for 500,000NIS ($138,485). for more:

How Israel’s Desert Bloomed Into A Hi-Tech Hub
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Israel’s Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is pioneering a wave of innovation and economic progress in the Be'er-Sheva desert region. Medtech Insight meets with some of the leaders based at Ben-Gurion's Advanced Technologies Park where innovation and technology is developing the region into a world-class hi-tech hub. Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion had a vision. The late leader believed Israel’s large Negev desert area held the key to the country's future growth and that it could bloom into a place of infinite possibility. Although Ben-Gurion died in 1973, today his vision for the desert may be becoming a reality. Located at the northern edge of the Negev is Be’er Sheva, one of Israel’s fastest growing cities and the heart of Israel's rising hi-tech hub. The city is home to the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) and a growing number of multinational companies which are forming a strong tech ecosystem. BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of BGU, is focused on spurring this innovation by commercializing technology coming out of the university to serve market needs. Located in the University's Advanced Technologies Park, BGN Technologies nurtures relationships between academia and industry to bring inventions from the labs to the market. To date, the company has founded over 100 start-ups across various fields including medtech companies such as cartilage care start-up CartiHeal, the developer of an implant for repair of articular cartilage and osteochondral defects and ElMindA, that has a platform that reveals and affects the neural pathways in the brain. "We focus on enhancing licensing and research collaborations between academia and the industry, and we always try to be very flexible in our negotiations," Netta Cohen*, CEO of BGN Technologies told Medtech Insight. "Each agreement we sign is different from one another, as each company has specific conditions and needs. Most of our efforts are based on feedback we receive from the industry. We ask our potential partners what their needs are and try to come up with arrangements that benefit both parties." for more:

First Conference for Young Researchers in Quantum Science and Technology

The BGU center for quantum science and technology (BGU-QST) is a unique center that brings together scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to promote a quantum revolution. This conference aims to bring together young researchers from all fields engaged in quantum technology, to give them understanding and awareness of related work that is being done in other areas of expertise, and to build a cohesive community in quantum technology in Israel. ​When: May 31, 2018 9:30 AM to 6 PM Overview: Quantum technology is an exciting new field that employs the principles of quantum physics in innovative applications, including secure communication, medical diagnostics and treatments, sensing with unprecedented sensitivity, and more. Researchers in this field work in areas that include physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science. However far too often, students working in one field are ignorant of work that is quite related to their own, but that is done in one or more of the other fields. This conference will bring together representatives of all these different areas, and enable students and researchers to gain understanding and make contact with people outside their own immediate circle who are also engaged in the exciting new field of quantum science and technology. link to page: Contact info: Prof. Shlomi Arnon, Dr. Judy Kupferman,

The Change Program

We are pleased to present the Change 🌍 program, a program of exposure to the world of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship refers to finding innovative solutions to social problems in various fields (education, environment, welfare, etc.). We have become accustomed to thinking about technology when talking about entrepreneurship, but social entrepreneurship also has a place in entrepreneurship. The program includes 4 meetings - in the first 3, participants will meet prominent social entrepreneurs, and the last meeting will be practical experience in collaboration with the Rothschild Cube. The program will take place on Mondays from May 7-28, between the hours of 18:15-20:15 and is intended for students and graduates of academic institutions. To register -

IEEEXtreme Programming Competition

IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members—advised and proctored by an IEEE member, and often supported by an IEEE Student Branch—compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. for more information read:

A great article: HC Vision

Congratulations to HC Vision on a great article published in the national newspaper read: 2017-05-11 The_Marker YEC_2018_02_28_074

Largest natural hyperspectral database creator wins EMVA award

Boaz Arad (pictured with Jochem Herrmann, EMVA president), a PhD student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, has been awarded the EMVA Young Professional Award 2017 for his work on computer vision and hyperspectral imaging. Arad was presented with the award at the European Machine Vision Association’s (EMVA) business conference in Prague, Czech Republic on 24 June. The work addresses the task of recovering 31-channel hyperspectral information from three-channel RGB images of natural scenes. It is based on the largest database of natural hyperspectral images collected to date, containing more than 200 high spatial-spectral resolution natural hyperspectral images. Arad built up the database over the course of his four years of graduate studies. The computer vision method is able to recover hyperspectral information from RGB with 90 to 95 per cent accuracy over a wide variety of scenes. The approach also produced comparable results to previous methodologies relying on hybrid hyperspectral and RGB input. To date, scientific and industrial hyperspectral imaging has relied almost exclusively on traditional scanning hyperspectral systems. These devices are expensive, bulky, and often require close to one minute to acquire a scene. Replacing these systems with low-cost, compact, and rapid RGB cameras could provide exciting opportunities in many fields. Arad, aged 32, obtained his computer science BSc from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2012; he received an MSc in 2014 and expects to complete his PhD by 2018. In addition to his studies, Arad currently serves as CTO of the startup company HC-Vision. Other work on high speed spectral imaging is ongoing at the University of Eastern Finland, where, as part of her PhD thesis, Ana Gebejes has demonstrated that a spectral video camera can be used for eye tracking. One of the outcomes of the study is a spectral eye video database, called SPEED, containing more than 180 spectral videos and which is available publicly to researchers. The EMVA Young Professional Award is an annual award to honour the work of a student or young professional in the field of machine vision or image processing. It is the goal of the EMVA to support innovation in the machine vision industry, to contribute to the important aspect of dedicated machine vision education, and to provide a bridge between research and industry. The idea is to encourage students to focus on challenges in the field of machine vision and to apply research results and findings in computer vision to the practical needs of the industry. The 2018 EMVA business conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, with the date yet to be announced.


The hi-tech and start-up community in Israel is concentrated in the Central region, but start-up competition SilicoNegevBGU aims to shine the spotlight on innovation in the South. The Meta Foundation for Development and Growth, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Tech7 – the official tech and entrepreneurship community of Beersheba and the South – have collaborated to produce the competition, which is open to technological start-ups from around the country that focus on strengthening the Negev region. Twenty start-ups out of those registered for the competition will present their ideas to investors and five will move on to the final stage. The winner of the competition will receive an investment of up to NIS 500,000 from the Meta Foundation. “The partnership between the Meta Foundation for Development and Growth and the Tech7 organization at SilicoNegevBGU promotes innovation and hi-tech initiatives in the Negev,” Gideon Shavit, from the foundation, said. “This year we joined with Ben-Gurion University in organizing the Entrepreneurship Festival, in order to further strengthen the southern innovation ecosystem. The Innovative Entrepreneurship Festival presents an opportunity for us to continue to support entrepreneurship and innovation and to increase national exposure to the progress taking place in the desert,” he said. This is the second year that Tech7 and the Meta Foundation have collaborated on the entrepreneurship initiative. Last year’s competition was won by Consis Medical, a company that is developing an innovative disposable colonoscopy device that is used for colon screening, which is expected to significantly reduce the cost of gastro-therapy and other treatments. The start-up was founded in 2016 by Oleg Popov and Raphael Moisa, co-founders and CEOs of the leading engineering company from Beersheba, IBEX Technologies. Yotam Zucker, head of the Tech7 community, said that the last few years have seen the southern hi-tech industry develop dramatically. “International hi-tech companies are opening operations in Beersheba,” he said, as Ben-Gurion University is also expanding its activities and research. As such, this year the university decided to partner in the initiative. “The University is the beating heart of the developing innovation ecosystem of the Negev. For that reason, our joint venture with the SilicoNegevBGU event, which includes the most significant start-up competition in the area, is natural,” BGU president Prof. Rivka Carmi said of the university’s involvement. “The university promotes entrepreneurship in the south through its Advanced Technologies Park – attracting international companies that raise the quality of jobs in the Negev region – as part of the vision of turning the Negev into the wellspring of innovation coming out of Israel,” she said. Registration for the competition closes on Friday; the winner will be announced at the closing event of the Entrepreneurship Festival on May 23. For more:

SilicoNegevBGU startup competition offers NIS 500,000 prize
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The 2018 SilicoNegevBGU competition is open to startups with an affinity to the Negev region. The 2018 SilicoNegevBGU startup competition is underway. The competition is open to technological startups from across the country that focus on the Negev region and are working to strengthen the Negev on both the national and the international level. The competition is under the auspices of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Tech7 innovation community, and the Meta Foundation for Development and Growth. Twenty startups out of those that register for the competition will be selected to make presentations to the investors. Five of these will go on to the final stage. The winner will receive investment of up to NIS 500,000 from the Meta Foundation for Development and Growth. Registration is open until March 28. The final event of SilicoNegevBGU will take place on May 23 at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, during an entrepreneurship and financing event for young companies. Last year's competition was won by Consis Medical, a company developing an innovative disposable colonoscopy device designed to significantly reduce the costs of gastro-therapy and treatments. Prof. Rivka Carmi, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, said, "The university is the beating heart of the developing innovation ecosystem of the Negev. For that reason, our joint venture with the SilicoNegevBGU event, which includes the most significant startup competition in the area, is natural. The university promotes entrepreneurship in the south through its Advanced Technologies Park, attracting international companies that raise the quality of jobs in the Negev region, as part of the vision of turning the Negev into the wellspring of innovation coming out of Israel." Gideon Shavit of the Meta Foundation for Development and Growth said, "The partnership between the Meta Foundation for Development and Growth and the Tech7 organization at SilicoNegevBGU promotes innovation and hi-tech initiatives in the Negev. This year we joined with Ben-Gurion University in organizing the Entrepreneurship Festival, in order to further strengthen the southern innovation ecosystem." Other organizations participating in the competition are the Beersheva Municipality, the Negev Development Authority, Poalim High-Tech, the law firm of Tolchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co., Israel Chemicals (TASE: ICL: NYSE: ICL), and the Israel Innovation Authority. Tech7 is the official tech and entrepreneurship community of Beersheva and the South. It was founded in January 2015 by a group of representatives from the Advanced Technologies Park, students and local entrepreneurs. Tech7's aim is to strengthen and develop the tech community in Beersheva and to enable it to become a technological leader on a global scale. Today, the community has over 14,000 members and over 100 startups. META (Future Technologies Center) was founded in order to assist innovation initiatives in the Negev region. The organization invests up to NIS 500,000 per company in projects with a positive economic chance of success. for more:

Entrepreneurship as integral part of the final project in EE department

Entrepreneurship  as integral part of the final project in EE department In cooperation between the Bengis Center and the Electrical Engineering Department and  meaningful an impactful Entrepreneurship program has been established  to teach, educate, and trained the EE students in various aspect of internal and external Entrepreneurship. The undergraduate students of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in Ben-Gurion University submit, yearly, approximately 100 senior projects. The projects usually deal with engineering design and development, or basic research. A large number of these projects are offered and/or supported by Israeli electronics and high-tech industries. Consequently, the technologies emerging from the students’ hard work is astounding. By adding a managerial aspect to the grading system, we’ve asked the students to look at their technology from an entrepreneurial point of view, bringing them one step closer to commercializing it. The Bengis Center provides, through this cooporation, a number of services, starting with three lectures on the principles of leading a technology idea to a business venture, or embedding a technology in an organization (two different channels that the final projects in electrical engineering are based on). The students were asked to submit, alongside the technological development, an executive summary and a 3 minute long pitch video. The Mentors Network of the Bengis Center, which now includes more than 60 experienced mentors, participate in the evaluation of the students’ projects.

Have an idea?

Contact us and we will help you make it a reality! - Providing initial consultation and guidance - Receive professional feedback from a team of experts - Help build a team - Assistance in building prototypes - Help build a business plan - Exposure to customers and potential partners Read more:  

HackBGU: March 22-23, 2018
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Do not miss the opportunity to participate in the unique track of faculty members at HackBGU Collaboration in developing and promoting innovation in learning and teaching. The Deans Award In light of the importance of promoting innovation in teaching, At all, the faculties at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, And created a unique moment for faculty members, in which the Deans Award will be awarded - The self-righteousness of the Yazvism project promoted by a staff also includes a faculty member. Registration closes on 19.03.18 To sign up and to see more info:

Engineering and Commerce Case Study Analysis
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The first course in Israel to combine engineering and management problem-solving, and the first course at the university to belong simultaneously to two faculties. Work throughout the course in teams of four students – 2 from management and 2 from engineering. Experience problem solving, form connections with industry representatives and get an intensive and enriching experience: for more info and to sign up:

Inno-Negev Technology Accelerator
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Inno-Negev, technology accelerator, provides start-ups and hi-tech entrepreneurs with unique support and essential tools needed to increase viability and develop abilities to advance their ventures. The accelerator is a joint venture of the Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and BGN Technologies (Ben-Gurion University’s technology company). Inno-Negev opens its doors to students and hi-tech entrepreneurs. The ventures targeted are in the pre-seed and seed stages, with a promising team and a formulated idea, seeking assistance, direction, connections and business support. The accelerator offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive exclusive services, including practical lectures and workshops by leading individuals; experienced mentors; expert advisors in IP, law and finance; experience in presenting to investors; branding packages; and more. Inno-Negev serves as a critical connecting point for entrepreneurs, investors and global organizations, in one of Israel’s most rapidly developing hi-tech areas – the Negev. The Negev region hosts academic institutes, leading hi-tech companies, technological incubators, a hi-tech park and soon the IDF’s elite technological units. This creates a promising and lively entrepreneurial community, which the accelerator will assist and lead. Inno-Negev’s greatest strength is the partnerships recruited for each cycle, which vary in accordance with the cycle’s focus of activity. Partners provide active assistance to participants, including contact with experienced investors, global companies, support figures and more. What We Offer: 3 months acceleration program 24/7 Co-Working Space - All the facilities a startup needs Presentation in front of investors Practical lectures and workshops Experienced mentors and expert advisors 10,000$ AWS credit read more:

Startup 101 Short Course
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The Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation invites dreamers to open their minds and learn how to make dreams a reality. In this short, 3-session, course you will take the first step towards becoming an entrepreneur. Who Should Take the Course? If you ever said one of the following, you should definitely attend the course:  "This idea will change the world, you'll see" "I wish I could open a business" "I want to work for myself and not for a boss" The course is suitable for all students, staff and faculty of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, of all departments and fields of education. No previous experience is required The Syllabus In the 3 sessions of the course, you will gain practical tools in: From Idea to Startup How to consolidate an idea  What are these unique entities called "startups" How to promote a startup How to craft a business strategy, including: Financial plan Canvas model The principles of pitching to investors read more:

BGU Student Team awarded Bronze Medal at ENGCOMM 2018

A BGU team captured the bronze medal in Concordia University's annual Engineering and Commerce Case Competition (ENGCOMM), placing third out of a starting field of 13 teams. In the final round, which took place on March 11, BGU was up against the University of Calgary, which came first, American University at Cairo, which came second, and Trinity College Dublin. On the way to the final, BGU finished first in its division in the round-robin tournament, besting the University of Alberta, the University of New Brunswick and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in total points. Over the course of three days, the teams, which were composed of an equal number of undergraduate students from engineering and commerce programs, tackled three realistic business dilemmas that required expertise from both disciplines. The first two cases lasted six hours each and the third lasted a grueling 12 hours. Each case concluded with a presentation before a jury of three industry experts, supported by a PowerPoint presentation and the appropriate documentation. The four finalists were given a problem that related to blockchain technology and cybersecurity that was posed by Paysafe, an online payments company. Five company representatives served as judges. BGU won the prize for the most sustainable solution, coming up with a proposal for an “e-wallet," which would enable people to carry just one credit card for all electronic transactions. The competition, held every year since 2013, aims to promote collaboration between two fields that have traditionally been separate. The student-run meet recognizes that the lines between the business and technical worlds are increasingly blurred, yet university undergraduate programs are only starting to catch up with this reality. The competition gives participants the chance to network with their peers from around the world, as well as to make connections with corporate partners. This was the fourth year that BGU entered the competition. Its participation was made possible with the support of the Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University (CABGU), whose Montreal chapter raises funds to help cover the costs of the trip and takes much pride in “their" team. CABGU CEO Mark Mendelson is delighted with the results, but more important than a medal finish, he said, is showcasing “a world-class Israeli institution of education and research," and providing the students with an experience that enhances their education and careers. The team was coached by Prof. Amir Shapiro​, director of the BGU's Robotics Laboratory and a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He said that, while female representation remains low in his department – about 12 per cent – in industrial engineering, about half of the students at BGU are women (3/4 of BGU's team was female). The team was composed of Dana Rubin, a fourth-year industrial engineering and management student who is currently working at Intel as a system analyst; Noam Levin, a third-year business management, sociology and anthropology student who works at a Beer-Sheva startup center for community development and will soon be joining L-net Knowledge Technologies which develops educational software; Avital Hayat, also in her third year, is pursuing a degree in business management and finance. She manages the Beer-Sheva branch of One Hour Translation, an online translation service; and Ehud Cohen,  the sole male on the team, a third-year mechanical engineering student who works in Shapiro's lab. They practised for six months leading up to the competition. Shapiro, having coached BGU's previous teams, knew how rigorous the competition would be. The four team members represent the best of a larger group of students who took part in a weeklong class, in which they had to come up with a design for a new piece of technology and a plan to commercialize it, with outside experts serving as judges. Shapiro sees much value in “bridging the gap between the marketing and financial side and the engineering side." Two previous BGU competitors have since started a robotics company in Beer-Sheva, putting their respective management and engineering backgrounds to practical use, he noted.

the amazing race

Convincing other people to give you a lot of money for a small stake in your risky startup is not an easy feat. this lecture will provide you with the useful insights and practical tips to secure an early stage investment. When: April 26, 2018 Time: 13:00 Where: Ben Gurion University

Whats your business Model’s equity story?
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You dont get a second chance to make a first impression. In A-round, you need to act and talk, like a company. This lecture will introduce you to investors presentation from a business model story perspective. When: March 17, 2018 Time: 11:00 Where: Ben Gurion University

How To define your MVP?

How to create an MVP that has a perfect (or near perfect) market fit? how to analyze a targeted audience? how to define the user journey and the products features-list and priorities? This lecture will answer all these questions and more!  When: May 25, 2018 Time: 11:00 Where: Ben Gurion University

The art of pitching

VAYOMOR has developed a model for one of the most challenging scenarios: Pitching your venture, in front of hundreds of people, on demo day, in only 60 seconds! When: June 6, 2018 Time: 11:00 Where: Ben Gurion University

The Food Chain of Startup Innovations
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The lecture is about the different possible forms you can position your idea around and how to make a smart decision about your path, a decision that can hold the fate of your startup When: June 14, 2018 Time: 11:00 Where: Ben Gurion University

Eran Orr: start-up developer raised $ 3.5 million
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Calcalist recently published a special issue of 36 young people who will change the world, one of them is Eran Orr; a graduate of the first cycle of the Starter Program (formerly called StarterClass). Eran founded VRHealth, which has raised $ 3.5 million so far. A start-up developer of an application designed to create sessions of medical treatments using virtual reality. "A year and a half ago, I finished my army service as a pilot," he says. "A little while ago, I began to have pains in my neck, which spread to my right arm. I was diagnosed with a lumbar disc herniation, and much of the rehabilitation process involved a lot of physiotherapy. This happened around the time when the Google Cardboard (VR) was launched, so during the boring exercises, I felt like I wanted to play virtual reality games. At the same time, I started studying entrepreneurship at Ben-Gurion University, Between physiotherapy and virtual reality, I founded a company called VRHealth " click the link below to read more


Where it all started Anyone from the outside looking in at the high tech scene in the Negev cannot help but be impressed with the growing involvement of young Israelis in the changes taking place in the area. In order to understand where it all started, I am sitting at CDI Negev with Yotam Tzuker, for a talk about the Tech7 Innovation Community. A few months after the successful SilicoNegev startup competition finals event, and just before the Beer-Sheva startup day, Yotam speaks about how young people are getting involved and how in a persistent and quiet manner they are making a difference. Read the rest of the article:


How does an otherwise remote desert town morph into a vibrant high-tech ecosystem with tremendous growth potential? It is exactly this question that I endeavored to answer while working in the Gav-Yam Negev tech park. While there are surely several possible explanations for the Be’er Sheva success story, at least one is the ecosystem’s human capital component. The development and flow of human talent that runs through the veins of Be’er Sheva is composed of optimally situated key players. In this short piece, I will draw attention to each, pointing out how it operates within the human capital system. It is interesting to note how Tech7 plays an instrumental role at the very beginning and end of the flow. Read the whole article:  

Tech 7: Juniors

Tech7 Juniors is a branch of the greater Tech7 community in Be’er-Sheba, launched the activity in September 2016. From the wheel to Mars, the progress of humankind is based on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology entwined with values. We follow the same route in the Hi-Tech and Cyber era.

Tech 7: Hash Code

Google Hash Code 2018 the annual competition by Incubit technology ventures, for students and professionals March 1st at 18:30 for more information:

Benji’s: Startup 101

The Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation invites dreamers to open their minds and learn how to make dreams a reality. Startup 101 Short Course For more information, go to  

Benji’s: The 100 million Challenge

The search is on for ideas and business models targeted at the figure of 100 million. These can be, for example, clicks, new customers, sales, kilowatt-hours, autonomously driven passengers or  freight containers. Whether with cars or commercial vehicles or in the field of mobility and financial services, there are no limits on your creative potential! This Challenge is presented . by Mercedes-Benz. For more information go to  

Benji’s: Go In
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In recent years, academic institutions have seen an increase in the field of Entrepreneurship and Innovation via academic programs, practical entrepreneurship programs and frameworks, research and more. Strengthening this progress is a growing demand from students for both academic and extracurricular activities. Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as academic topics, have become vital for academic institutions in aspects such as branding, attracting students, research, industry-academia cooperation and much more For more information, go to: