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Nazareth Startups Are Coming to Rock Tel Aviv – May 27 / Please Join Us

In my role as being the Israel Brand Ambassador for the Rackspace Startups Program, I travel all over Startup Nation, visit and hang my hat at just about every accelerator / workspace, and most of all, get to meet very inspiring and great entrepreneurs. Lately, I have been spending time in Nazareth under the guidance of Entrepreneur in Residence at StarTau (Tel Aviv University Entrepreneurship Center) Giuseppe Calo’ and Fadi Swidan, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer at Nazareth Accelerator. On May 27, they are bringing a select group of 12 startups to Tel Aviv for the first ever, Nazareth Startups Rock Tel Aviv event starting at 6:00 PM. I’ve personally had a chance to work with, help mentor, and help the entrepreneurs work on their pitches.   We are going to have some wonderful speakers, and there will be several government dignitaries in attendance. I love drinking coffee with Fadi, hanging out on his office balcony which overlooks the Basilica of the Annunciation. While there is no shortage of startup events here in Israel, this one is different because you will be able to get a glimpse of the future, and what is going on in the north of the country, without having to travel. I look for undercurrents and write about them in my columns in The Times of Israel Startup section (big shout out to David Shamah who gave me this opportunity). So there’s this undercurrent going on here… The U.S. State Department is paying attention to this event,  and is making a strategic investment in some of the programming here through its The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).   It’s also an...

We’re All From Here…Startups from Nazareth Bring Generations of Business Wisdom and Experience to TAU Innovation Week / TLV Startup Challenge

In our travels to and from Nazareth, Giuseppe Calo and I have been fortunate to meet with, and connected with the startup community in this magical city. During our breaks, and in between meetings and mentoring sessions, Giuseppe and I would walk the streets, find a very cool restaurant, have chance encounter with some of the locals, and spend time in some pretty amazing spice shops that I thought only existed in far away lands. We Are From Here A special group of entrepreneurs from Nazareth are coming to Tel Aviv for both the duration of the TAU Innovation Week and the TLV Startup Challenge. Entrepreneurs from Nazareth brief members of the U.S. State Department’s MENI — U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative… I shared my role in what I was doing for Rackspace, as the Brand Ambassador to Israel and my mission to #BeHelpful. In my own one-on-one mentoring sessions with the startups, I’ll let you what was far more interesting that the companies I met: it was the stories of the entrepreneurs whose families go back eight and ten generations. To that end, long before we had the Internet, or even basic telecommunications as we know it today, businesses here thrived, people connected, and commerce ensued. And now, there’s another generation coming online, starting new companies, and looking for the opportunity to meet the community in Tel Aviv. Under the leadership of Fadi Swidan, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of theNazareth Business Incubator, he’s bringing a group of entrepreneurs — some of which will be competing in the TLV Startup Challenge. After this event, Fadi will return for the Nazareth Startups Rocks Tel Event...