Most people have heard of Israel, but many don’t realize just how far the country has advanced over the last decade or so. In fact, some call it the new Silicon Valley, as Israel has the greatest number of startups per capita over anywhere else in the world. Tour operators in Israel can arrange meetings with top management officials at companies, lectures with professionals, and even tours to facilities allowing you to see the latest innovations first-hand.
A small country with a population of only about 8.5M people, Israel has rightfully earned the nickname “Startup Nation”. Excluding the United States and China, Israel has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other. Many startups that began in Israel have gone on to become high-profile companies. For example, Waze began here but sold for $1.3 billion to Google. Similarly, in more recent times Mobileye sold for $15.3 billion to Intel.
These changes did not happen overnight, in fact, the changes began gradually during the 1990s. It wasn’t until 2001 that Israel slowly began to shift from a deficit in their GDP to a surplus. The United States is credited with giving the country great financial help, which Israel was required to repay.
Many experts attribute the country’s success to a mix of government policies and a revolution in technology. In fact, entrepreneurs receive encouragement from both private enterprise and government. As a nation, they boast a climate of collaboration and transparency.
All of these changes have pushed Israel to the forefront of innovation, making it a great place to live and visit. The startup industry is evident in every city including Tel Aviv, Beer-Sheva, and Jerusalem.
So, if you’re looking for a great place to visit, Israel may be just what you’re looking for. There are many Israel tour operators who can show you where everything began and continues to grow. While you are here make sure to include some sightseeing around the country.