We Plan, Design, Operate and Deliver Innovation Scouting & Incubation Programs
Your partner for startup innovation programs in the heart of start-up nation
Tap into Israel’s entrepreneurial talent and access TAU Ventures’ deal flow of emerging Israeli tech startups. We can help focus your time on the highest potential opportunities, aligned to your strategic priorities.
Leverage the TAU Ventures infrastructure of experienced staff, program operation know-how and a 1,000m co-working space. We provide the profesional services expertise to enable. We provide the professional services expertise to enable startups to thrive.
Design Partnerships & POCs
Validate the tech and business potential of technical solutions. We facilitate the collaboration and engagement between startup and company.
Grow your programs in one of the most notable startup ecosystems in the world. We help you to expand global outreach and impact in a new region by managing local operations.
$4.5bn Total Early Stage Funding Global Avg. $548m
$61.6bn Ecosystem Value Global Avg. $13.68 bn
Tel Aviv ranked #7 For startup ecosystems
1 startup per 154 residents in Tel Aviv Highest per capita in the world
*Source: Startup Genome Report 2021
In partnership with the Israel Security Agency (Shabak), a leading intelligence, technological & operational organization in Israel and worldwide, TAU Ventures runs the Xcelerator program, an accelerator for early stage commercial technologies, now in its 6th cohort. TAU Ventures is home to ‘The Garage,’ the Shabak’s innovation hub.
The Garage sources and integrates technological innovations from the commercial startup ecosystem which have relevant applications to the agency. Activities of the Garage is infusing the agency with an entrepreneurial & innovative spirit and ability to address challenges in the organization with solutions sourced externally from groundbreaking startup technology. In 2018, The Xcelerator was founded by the ISA & TAU Ventures as part of the ISA open innovation efforts. The program is a 4 month accelerator program.
Applications are open to startups from all verticals (not exclusively homeland security). Prior to each cohort recruitment, the agency identifies a variety of interest areas from across the organization, such as HRtech, smart cities, logistics tech, energy harvesting, audio, IoT and more and seeks commercial oriented startups which might have a dual application use. As the operating and business partner, TAU Ventures recruit’s top tier startups and delivers a holistic acceleration training program for startups including fostering the collaboration with the Garage and champions from different agency units, business mentorship, consultation services, networking opportunities and of course, free office space at our 1,000m co-working space. Accepted startups with a technological proof of concept use the opportunity to work directly with a designated champion from an ISA unit to gain tech validation, identify new use cases, receive access to data needs & exclusive agency resources as well as support from top technical experts. Each selected startup recieves a $50K grant (no equity!)
Canditech, alumni of the Xcelerator Cohort 5, is an HRTech startup revolutionizing how companies of all sizes hire. Using its AI-powered assessment platform, Canditech allows companies to automate the screening process and engage candidates with beautiful, branded tests that are 100% custom made for their needs. The assessments enable companies to hire people based on skills and potential, while providing an amazing candidate experience.
Canditech joined the Xcelerator after raising their first $1M pre-seed round. They had a working platform and well known paying clients from different verticals.
The Shabak’s interest in Canditech was to improve the HR hiring processes of the agency. Canditech’s founders worked closely with champions from the HR department and created tailor-made online assessment for various positions, from technical roles to the first ever intelligence skills job-simulation for multiple speciality roles within the agency.
Through the design partnership offered with the Xcelerator, Canditech expanded the dynamic capability of their platform and gained validation for their product from a significant governmental body. Through the program, they gained experience working with large organizations and strategic partners and established new business connections in Israel and abroad. For the HR team of the Shabak, Canditech’s platform helps to automatically and objectively evaluate way more candidates than ever before. It assures they never miss qualified candidates, saves countless hours of interviews, creates an amazing candidate experience and transforms the agency to be more appealing to a new generation of prospective hires. Canditech is now continuing on with a paid POC work with the HR department of the ISA.
TAU Ventures created a platform for 10 selected Danish Cyber startups to collaborate and learn from the Israeli Cyber ecosystem and the local startup ecosystem. This included exposure to Israeli cyber entities (Checkpoint, Cyberark, Cybereason), academic experts (TAU Blavatnik Center), cyber focused VC’s, and successful entrepreneurs.
In addition, startups recived 1-1 mentorship from business experts. Through the collaboration, the Danish startups improved their individual entrepreneurial skills, investment readiness, and learn about best practices in the Cyber entrepreneurship arena.
TAU Ventures in partnership with NEC, Checkpoint, Innogy, Team8 and Cybereason launched and ran Alpha C, a cyber incubation program. Participating startups gain an opportunity to work with the program’s partners as design partners, recieve close guidance in developing their MVP or conduct a joint pilot. The programs’ curriculum covered different areas from business fundamentals, lean startup methodologies, and product-market fit to development support. The program concludeds with a demo day, where startups presented in front of industry leaders, investors, and key players from the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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