Essen’s delegation visited Tel Aviv to learn more about local start-up culture


A delegation from the German city of Essen paid a visit to Tel Aviv in order to find out more about the vibrant startup scene of the Israeli city, which is constantly developing and reaching new heights. The trip was initiated by the mayor of Essen Thomas Kufen.

Mayor Kufen stated on social media: ‘’Essen’s partner city Tel Aviv-Jaffa is considered as the most attractive start-up ecosystem outside the US. Investments in the high-tech sector are constantly reaching new record levels.’’

‘’On my initiative, a delegation from Essen is currently visiting the Israeli coastal city to find out about the start-up culture on site, to develop new business fields or to open up new cooperations. The focus is on the topics of energy efficiency, hydrogen and life sciences, among others,’’ Mayor Kufen continued.

According to the 2019 Global Startup Ecosystem Report issued by Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Tel Aviv has more startups per capita than any city in the world other than Silicon Valley.

That also made Tel Aviv the core of Israel’s Start-up Nation. Start-up Nation Central is Israel’s leading innovator discovery platform, connecting businesses, governments, and organizations with Israeli entrepreneurs.

Despite the country’s relatively small population, Israel’s startup ecosystem is home to hundreds of firms in practically every high-tech industry and is widely regarded as the blueprint for a world-leading startup environment.

The trip was organised and carried out by Essener Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (EWG) and NRW.Global Business GmbH, Trade & Investment Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. (photo credit: macrovector/Freepik)