In collaboration with the Nomads Foundation, AP-Swiss brought last week ten space startups to this year’s DLD Festival in Tel Aviv, a major tech conference that gathers over 10,000 participants. The first impressions from this intensive and fruitful week are very positive.
The space delegation, composed of startups Astrocast, TeleRetail, DFRC, Swissto12, Ligentech, Fixposition, Embotech, Geosatis, Sarmap, joined a broader delegation with startups such as Beekeeper, Ecorobotix, Goodwall, Motion Pilot, Advanon, Classeek, PIQ Sport Intelligence, Frontiers, Second Spectrum, etc.
The goal of the swiss delegation, composed of 80 participants, was to network and make connections with investors, other startups and larger corporations. Facebook, Google and Microsoft among others had a large presence in the event.
The week started with visits of Checkpoint, a leading cyber security company, and The Bridge by Coca-Cola, a startup incubator. The delegation was then invited to a welcome reception by the Mayor of Tel Aviv.
The next day took our delegation to Jerusalem for a visit of the Hebrew University and presentations of the amazing innovations their labs are developing. Uri Adoni, CEO of Jerusalem Venture Partners, then presented the specificities of the Israeli startup ecosystem. A guided tour of Jerusalem’s old town and a reception by HE Jean-Daniel Ruch, Swiss Ambassador in Israel, ended the day.
The DLD festival opened on Wed and Thu, featuring numerous panel discussions, exchanges, networking events, pitch competitions, presentations by entrepreneurs and VCs and a « Swiss Chocolate breakfast », where Swiss startups showcased in front of VCs.
The Swiss delegation made a great impression overall, paving the way to greater collaboration between Swiss and Israeli companies in the future.