Tel Aviv is hosting international and domestic delegations of startup founders, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors at the annual DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival.
The DLD festival, running September 24-29, includes a slew of mini events including the Start Tel Aviv competition, an annual contest featuring leading startup founders from 31 countries.
This year, the competition celebrates women entrepreneurship around the world.
Among the 31 winners, now in Tel Aviv, are Magdalena Rodríguez, co-founder and director, GPSGay, Uruguay: The Network for the GLBT community – the biggest one in Latin America; Maneerat Wongjaroenporn, co-founder & COO, LenNam (TechFarm), Thailand: an agricultural startup which aims to help farmers have better and easier life; Ursula Salazar Roggero, co-founder, oChat, Peru: Provide a technological solution that will allow physically disabled people to communicate through instant messaging applications by moving their eyes; Andrea Palmer, CEO & founder, Awake Labs, Canada: empowered care for autism; América Silva, CEO & founder, Takeahand, Chile: startup aims to a world where everyone will have the hands they need; Angelique Uy, co-founder & Marketing Director, Zap, Philippines: Get CashBack points from your favorite establishments in the metro; Corrionero Ana, CEO, Enzymlogic, Spain: innovative solutions to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries; and Ilana Milkes, CEO & co-founder, Nativo Digital, Colombia: write clean code and build software products.
Also taking place at DLD is the Tel Aviv Cities Summit. Mayors and influencers are trading ideas on local solutions for global challenges. Speakers include the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, Deputy Secretary General of the OECD Douglas Frantz and Mayor of Bogota Enrique Peñalosa.
The DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Conference kicks off on September 27, for two days of tech goodness. Startups, developers, idea makers, dreamers and everyone else connected to the startup world will gather at the HaTachana complex for workshops, lectures, meetups and deal-making.
One of the booths at the Digital Life Design Festival will be the Holland Robotics Pavilion. The Dutch are game changers in robotics and are in town to explore possibilities for cooperation with Israel.
“The DLD festival serves as a perfect opportunity to present the Netherlands as one of the leading global innovators in robotics to an international high-tech audience,” said Dutch ambassador Gilles Beschoor Plug. “We are excited to share our knowledge and explore cooperation opportunities with the Israeli sector.”
And on September 27, the city’s main hub (Rothschild Blvd.) will transform into an Innovation Boulevard with open-air displays of digital media, tech exhibitions and interactive digital games. The evening will be a true visual representation of the startup ecosystem and innovations in Tel Aviv.