Start-Up Nation Central is an independent non-profit that builds bridges to Israeli innovation. We connect business, government, and NGO leaders around the world to Israeli innovation; we help develop technological sectors with high-growth potential; and we accumulate knowledge and generate in-depth insights about Israel’s innovation sector.



The Jerusalem Development Authority is a statutory corporation which was established by law in 1988. Its functions are to promote, plan and encourage the economic development of Jerusalem; to coordinate between government offices, authorities and bodies involved in the development of Jerusalem; to advise and supply information connected to entrepreneurial initiatives, plans and commercial ventures in Jerusalem.



The Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage is a government ministry in the Israeli cabinet.  The Ministry is responsible for developing tangible and intangible national heritage assets, preserving content of national historical importance while making them accessible to the public, and encouraging the assimilation of national heritage into the education system, as well as other activities.



Jnext is a governmental initiative aimed at developing and supporting the innovation ecosystem. JNext operates by directly assisting startup companies and fostering the entrepreneurial environment, transforming Jerusalem into a startup-friendly city.


Jnext was established as a joint-partnership between The Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and The Jerusalem Municipality, and is led by The Jerusalem Development Authority.  



The Municipality of Jerusalem is the governing body of the City of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Jerusalem has a population of 900,000, which makes it the largest city in Israel.

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Moshe Lion - previously served as a member of the Jerusalem City Council, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, Chairman of the Israel Railways, and head of the Jerusalem Development Authority.



Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem is Israel’s oldest institute of higher education and leading design academy, with more than 2500 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying a range of subjects from fine art and photography to industrial design and architecture. Bezalel's faculty of 550 teachers takes pride in the generations of graduates working at the cutting edge of their fields both in Israel and abroad.

Bezalel, Academy as a research institution, is unique in its ability to combine basic and applied research in various design fields ranging from ceramics and industrial design to visual communication and art. Bezalel Academy plays a leading role in spearheading Israeli culture, art and design, and is at the forefront of the discussion between the Israel’s creative industries and its creative economy.



The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the world’s 100 leading universities, and first among Israeli universities. The recognition that Hebrew University has attained confirms its reputation for excellence and its leading role in the scientific community. It stresses excellence and offers a wide array of study opportunities in the humanities, social sciences, exact sciences and medicine. The university encourages multi-disciplinary activities in Israel and overseas and serves as a bridge between academic research and its social and industrial applications.

The Hebrew University has set as its goals the training of public, scientific, educational and professional leadership; the preservation of and research into Jewish, cultural, spiritual and intellectual traditions; and the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of all humanity. 



HUJI Innovate is the Hebrew University’s platform to encourage and assist students, faculty and alumni to develop their innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities. We support HUJI’s 23,000 students and faculty in the ideation and development of new solutions for real-world problems, while fostering a vibrant ecosystem that helps accelerate the creation of new ventures.



New Spirit works for and with the young people of Jerusalem - via the realms of art/design/culture/leisure and business opportunities. The goal is to strengthen the City of Jerusalem into a place that will be attractive and relevant to young people and will be a strong and leading cultural and economic center, as befits the capital of Israel. 



The JLM-Impact Consortium is a consortium designed to boost entrepreneurial activity among the city’s students and academic community. The consortium includes The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem; and Azrieli College of Engineering, Jerusalem. 



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Azrieli College of Engineering Jerusalem was founded to support a broader strategy to strengthen the City of Jerusalem by training engineers for the city’s high-tech industry. Our mission is to combine rigorous academic study with hands-on training that is industrially relevant locally and globally. We fulfill our mission by: tapping into the creativity and ingenuity inherent to the City of Jerusalem; positioning young people for excellence and providing them the tools to succeed; developing relevant curricula in collaboration with the college’s industry partners and other institutions of higher education.



Jerusalem Design Week is an initiative of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage and the Jerusalem Development Authority. The event is being supported by the Jerusalem Municipality and managed by the Ran Wolf Company and has been initiated and led by the Hansen House Center for Design, Media and Technology since 2011.


Hansen House hosts a spectrum of diverse activities throughout the year to promote the design sector in Jerusalem and Israeli designers in general. Jerusalem Design Week is the main event in the tapestry of Hansen House’s annual activities and constitutes its flagship project, as the largest and most influential public design event in Israel. In 2016, the Jerusalem Design Week expanded and became an international event that takes place in several locations throughout Jerusalem, and offers a multitude of events, performances and local and international design exhibitions. 



The Center for Design, Media and Technology was built in 1887 as a leper asylum by the Protestant community of Jerusalem. The designer of the structure was German architect Conrad Schick. In 1950, the site was purchased by the Jewish National Fund, and continued to serve its original purpose until 2000. In 2009, the building was handed over to the municipality of Jerusalem city, for the purpose of converting it into an interdisciplinary center.


The project of restoring and converting the building started in 2011, under the management of the Jerusalem Development Authority and Ran Wolf Ltd. In 2013, the impressive historic building was opened to the public as a center for design, media and technology. In its new purpose, the Hansen House is used for cultural activities, including exhibitions, film screenings and advance fabrication labs.


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