With the aim of developing an ecosystem that promotes innovation in the overlooked areas of the Startup Nation, the Israeli government, through its Innovation Authority and the Authority for the Economic Development of Minority Sectors, awarded a group led by Portland Israel a grant to encourage entrepreneurship and tech employment in the Arab sector. This grant has enabled the creation of a groundbreaking tech hub for innovation and employment in the north of Israel, at the heart of the Sakhnin Valley.
Portland Israel, together with MEDX Xelerator, Alpha Omega, Galilee Clinical Bio Research and five leading hospitals and medical centers in northern Israel (Ziv, Poriya, Bnei Zion, Galilee Medical Center and Nazareth Hospital), all came together to launch the North-Med Innovation Center to promote entrepreneurship in the area, in domains such as medical devices, life science, and software development. The North-Med Innovation Center also includes an employment center that will focus on integrating technological talent from local communities into leading high-tech and med-tech companies, encouraging employers to open branches in the country’s northern region.
Lacking both the required background and ecosystem to support, promote and boost entrepreneurship in the northern region, outside the geographical and social boundaries of the tech industry, has made it virtually impossible for the local community to even imagine technological entrepreneurship as a life choice and career path. However, despite the lacking infrastructure, this region has a tremendous wealth of talent, especially in the med-tech and health-tech fields. The North-Med Innovation Center was established with the aim of developing the ecosystem required to promote ideation and entrepreneurship, and will enable entrepreneurs to flourish and succeed in this region, while creating a larger tech movement that will encourage more youth to follow this path and more tech firms to open branches in the area.
A huge talent pool with vast experience and knowledge in the medical, health, and technology fields, and a rare collaboration between every significant institute in the region – hospitals, clinics, technological academic institutions, as well as the local and global med-tech industry, enable the strong foundations for the center, which aims to impact areas such as medical equipment, digital health, remote medical services and AI, as well as traditional health services, pharmaceutical formulations, food-tech and additives, and more.
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