Beersheva goes cyberAug. 6, 2015
David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, would be chuffed to know that everyone – from the Advanced Technologies Park entrepreneurs to Ben-Gurion University professors to the businesspeople at the CyberSpark Industry Initiative to real-estate agents to government leaders – is referring back to his proclamation that “the future of Israel lies in the Negev.”
Ben-Gurion’s “future” is today’s present.
The cranes looming high above the city enthusiastically declare the transformation of this city into the innovation center it is growing to be.
At the Monument to the Negev Brigade, situated on a hill overlooking Beersheva near the Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), multinational corporate CEOs and potential investors begin their visits to get a good look at the city under construction.
The 2015 Global Technology Emerging Markets study named Beersheva one of seven top cities for high-tech and innovation.
“All the big multinationals and the big investment firms are coming here because of the notion of the Beersheva miracle – the economic development from desert location to high-tech park,” Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) Managing Partner Gadi Tirosh tells ISRAEL21c, “and for the concentration in firms dealing with cyber.”
Now, multinational firms including EMC, Deutsche Telekom, AG, Lockheed Martin, Oracle and IBM already have offices here. JVP Venture Capital Fund has its Cyber Labs incubator onsite. PayPal recently bought its startup-in-residence, CyActive.
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