Spearheading the startup boom in Jerusalem

Intro

Siftech was founded in early 2012 as grassroots initiative of the Hebrew University Students Union, led by two extraordinary women, Stav Erez and Inbar Ziv.
The idea was to create a vibrant ecosystem and environment for entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to flourish in Jerusalem.

We started out as a community catalyst, organizing events and initiating projects aimed at driving entrepreneurial activity. Six months later, we launched the first startup accelerator in the city.

As the nerve centre of Jerusalem’s rapidly growing startup scene, we grow and support local entrepreneurial talent, providing the platforms, mentorship and business opportunities for our ventures to succeed.

Our long-term vision is to transform Jerusalem into a global hub of creativity and innovation. We passionately believe in what we do. If you have an idea for a startup, would like to mentor, invest, or help us realize our vision for the city, we’re all ears.

why jerusalem?

Raw talent lies at the heart of any startup ecosystem – and Jerusalem is bursting with it. Home to the country’s leading academic institutions for science, art and design, the city’s uniquely multicultural populous has created a potent mix of brilliant minds, technology and creative spirit.

More closely associated with history and holy places than coding and app development, Jerusalem has witnessed a startup renaissance in recent years, with a sharp increase in the number of entrepreneurs choosing the city as the first stop in their startup journey.

Entrepreneurs, investors and global corporations have taken note, and are beginning to recognize the massive potential of this city.

The Team

Nitzan Adler
Managing Director
Nitzan Adler
Managing Director
Nitzan was born and raised in Neve Daniel, a small communal village located a few kilometers south of Jerusalem. At some point he got infected with the "Jerusalem Syndrome".
Since then Nitzan is keen to develop Jerusalem through projects that are especially adapted to the unique Jerusalem cultural climate which he loves from the depths of his soul.

After Nitzan's army service in the sabotage troops of the Nahal Brigade he started his independent business, "GOODSHABES" which markets fresh quality foods in Jerusalem through deliveries and stalls. Moreover, Nitzan is one of the co founders of "SIMPLY SINGING" an organization that produces and promotes musical event for jews and arabs, which is sponsored today by the global student organization- beit hillel.

Nitzan holds a B.A in Business Management and Middle Eastern Studies from The Hebrew University.
Maayan Keyes
Director of Education and Partnerships
Maayan Keyes
Director of Education and Partnerships
Maayan was raised in the U.S. and later moved to Tivon. Today she lives in Jerusalem and is totally hooked on the city.
Maayan has a diverse background in startups and NGOs including project management and recruitment at JUNO, coordinating sustainability programs at The Natural Step Israel and managing educational programs for The Ariel Foundation and other international companies.

Today she manages the training program for student investors in fresh.fund and oversees educational materials and community outreach for Siftech's accelerator. Maayan is very passionate about growing Jerusalem's startup scene.

Maayan holds a B.A in Behavioral Science from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv and is a graduate of the Heschel Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program. She will begin her Executive MBA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem this academic year.
Michal Machado
Director of Development
Michal Machado
Director of Development
Michal has spent the past near-decade in resource development and donor relations in Jerusalem. She has held positions in major organizations, such as Bakehila, The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and The City of David.
Michal has connected with philanthropists, celebrities and politicians as well as became profoundly exposed to some of Israel’s most pressing social struggles and the incredible projects on the ground working to create solutions.
Her experience has provided her with the opportunity to touch on all areas of resource development including cultivating strategic relationships, developing and leading tailor-made donor visits to program sites, as well as constructing and implementing fundraising strategies, intricate materials and complex information management systems.

Today at Siftech, Michal is crafting a new strategic fundraising plan and operation, and in parallel, she is also developing a new venture aimed at enhancing the third sector ecosystem in Israel and providing capacity building programs for emerging nonprofit organizations.

Michal was privileged to have addressed the audience at the Forbes 30 Under 30 summit in Israel (2016), and is a passionate public speaker as well as an amateur photographer. She is a alumna of the German-Israeli Young Leaders Exchange program of the Bertelsmann Foundation.

At the age of 19, Michal immigrated to Israel from New York and went on to complete her B.A. in Political Science and Jewish History from Bar Ilan University. She currently lives in Jerusalem with her husband and two crazy kids.

Our Ecosystem Partners

  • fresh.fund
    fresh.fund
    fresh.fund is Israel's first venture fund which exclusively focuses on students.
    We’re a student-led venture fund doing things OUR WAY in a world changing at a ridiculously fast pace. Our all-student team brings fresh thinking and energy to the entire investment process, from the first meeting to cash-in-hand.

    We invest in early-stage startups founded by exceptional students and recent grads.
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  • Google for Entrepreneurs
    Google for Entrepreneurs
    We bring together startup communities and create spaces for entrepreneurs to learn and work.
    We began in a garage nearly two decades ago and today we celebrate our entrepreneurial roots. Google for Entrepreneurs partners with startup communities and builds Campuses where entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and create companies that will change the world.

    Since 2011, we’ve launched Campuses and formed partnerships that support entrepreneurs across 125 countries.
    WEBSITE
  • The Leichtag Foundation
    The Leichtag Foundation
    The Leichtag Foundation honors the legacy of Lee and Toni Leichtag through igniting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life, advancing self-sufficiency and stimulating social entrepreneurship in coastal North San Diego County and Jerusalem.
    WEBSITE
  • JNEXT
    JNEXT
    Jnext mission is building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Jerusalem and support technology innovation development by engaging all the active organizations in the entrepreneurial space in one, city-wide coordinated program.
    Jnext is a joint project of the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA), the Ministry of Jerusalem and the Municipality of Jerusalem, which aim is to strengthen and empower the technological ecosystem in Jerusalem.
    WEBSITE
  • The Pratt Foundation
    The Pratt Foundation
    Fulfilling its mission to enrich the lives of the community, the Pratt Foundation supports established organisations that have sustainable projects serving the poorest and most disadvantaged Israelis.
    The Pratt Foundation also supports many ‘first of a kind’ innovative projects that are providing models for others to consider.
    In order to help organizations to develop their own capacity-building mechanisms, the Pratt Foundation established a ground-breaking mentoring programme, 'The Pradler NGO Empowerment Project Initiative'. It is designed to assist in building the capacity of Israeli NGOs, by giving them the knowledge, the insight, and the tools needed to secure their future operations,
    WEBSITE
  • LeumiTech
    LeumiTech
    LeumiTech is the financial home of Israeli high-tech in Israel and abroad.
    LeumiTech, a subsidiary of Bank Leumi, was created as part of Leumi’s strategy to further its focus on the high-tech sector, from Tel Aviv to Palo Alto, New York to London.

    Leumi Group is the leading financial group for the high-tech industry in Israel and includes ten dedicated and skilled commercial banking teams with over 80 bankers spread out across the country, and in high-tech hubs around the world. We specialize in supporting startups and growth companies with all their financing needs. LeumiTech, through our banking subsidiaries Bank Leumi and Bank Leumi USA, offers a comprehensive array of high-tech specific banking products and strong relationships with leading investors and industry service providers, LeumiTech is here for you at all the life cycle stages.
    WEBSITE
  • Jerusalem Venture Partners
    Jerusalem Venture Partners
    Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) is a leading Israeli venture capital firm dedicated to building world-class technology companies.
    Founded in 1993 as part of the Yozma program by MK Dr. Erel Margalit, JVP has been ranked one of the top-10 consistently performing VC funds worldwide by Preqin. With over $1 billion raised to date, the fund has invested in over 120 companies and has been instrumental in leading 28 of the largest exits out of Israel, including the recent IPO of leading cyber security forerunner CyberArk and the acquisition of JVP Cyber Labs company, CyActive, by global payments company PayPal. With deep strategic collaborations with global technology leaders and accumulated expertise in identifying, building and growing global technology leaders, JVP invests in companies in the areas of cyber-security and big data, storage and enterprise software and media technologies. Leveraging its two State sponsored technology incubators – the Jerusalem-based JVP Media Labs focusing on media and storage technologies as well as Beer-Sheva based JVP Cyber Labs focusing on cyber-security and big data, JVP creates companies from seed, while expanding on its experience in the later stages to identify opportunities to further drive companies to maturity and ultimate exit.
    WEBSITE
  • OurCrowd
    OurCrowd
    OurCrowd is an equity-based crowdfunding platform, built exclusively for a select group of accredited investors to provide venture capital funding for Israeli (and later global) venture capital start-ups.
    Membership in the community is vetted and offered only to people who meet the stringent accreditation criteria. Accredited investors who are accepted into the community can make minimum investments of $10,000 per deal. The initial focus of OurCrowd will be the dynamic early stage funding market in Israel and only companies that have passed a rigorous due diligence process will be added to the platform. All term sheets will be pre-negotiated and OurCrowd’s management company and affiliated mentor network will lead the investment with their own money. OurCrowd has become the first Israel focused, equity-based investment platform to launch and one of the world’s leading accredited investor only platforms.
    WEBSITE
  • PICO Jerusalem
    PICO Jerusalem
    People – Ideas – Community – Opportunities.
    PICO aims to strengthen the network between creativity and entrepreneurship in Jerusalem. PICO is an exciting new concept in co-working shared space located in Talpiot, Jerusalem. In order to effect a sound ‘ground roots’ change in the economic reality of the neighborhood, we have created the eco-system to truly imbibe the area with a new paradigm in business development.
    WEBSITE
  • The Jerusalem Development Authority
    The Jerusalem Development Authority
    Jnext mission is building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Jerusalem and support technology innovation development by engaging all the active organizations in the entrepreneurial space in one, city-wide coordinated program.
    Jnext is a joint project of the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA), the Ministry of Jerusalem and the Municipality of Jerusalem, which aim is to strengthen and empower the technological ecosystem in Jerusalem.
  • The Jerusalem Municipality
    The Jerusalem Municipality
    Jnext mission is building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Jerusalem and support technology innovation development by engaging all the active organizations in the entrepreneurial space in one, city-wide coordinated program.
    Jnext is a joint project of the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA), the Ministry of Jerusalem and the Municipality of Jerusalem, which aim is to strengthen and empower the technological ecosystem in Jerusalem.
  • The Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs
    The Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs
    Jnext mission is building an ecosystem for entrepreneurs in Jerusalem and support technology innovation development by engaging all the active organizations in the entrepreneurial space in one, city-wide coordinated program.
    Jnext is a joint project of the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA), the Ministry of Jerusalem and the Municipality of Jerusalem, which aim is to strengthen and empower the technological ecosystem in Jerusalem.
  • The Hebrew University Student Union
    The Hebrew University Student Union
    The HU Student Union is the official entity representing the student body in all four campuses of the Hebrew University.
    The Student Union protects students' rights and is active in improving the academic environment as well as expanding services offered to students. The Student Union is also active in generating change in the social, economic and cultural environment on campus, ​as well as throughout Israel.
    The Student Union is proud to​ have been the catalyst for the launch of Siftech, as part of its activities to assist students fulfil their dreams. This is consistent with their belief that students are a productive and entrepreneurial population, preparing for the future in a changing environment.
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  • Made in JLM
    Made in JLM
    MadeinJLM (Made in Jerusalem) is a non-profit organization established in 2012 that aims to position Jerusalem as one of the most supportive and connected tech & startup communities in the world.
    MadeinJLM provides online and offline platforms that connects the hundreds of startups, R&D centers, service providers, investors, accelerators and academic institutes operating in Jerusalem, and enables over 4000 community members to connect, learn, participate in events, find jobs and partners, get coverage and grow their business in the city. MadeinJLM boasts a forum of Jerusalem’s tech scene leaders who represent every major element of the city's tech ecosystem, and who are all working together in order to build the innovative future of Jerusalem.
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  • Presentense
    Presentense
    PresenTense is a community of innovators and entrepreneurs, thinkers and leaders, creators and educators, from around the world, who employ entrepreneurship as a tool to enrich communal life, grow local economies and solve critical issues facing society.
    PresenTense Israel is the leading organization providing infrastructure and backbone support to strengthen Israeli society through entrepreneurship. Since 2007 we have been asking the question: what can we do to make entrepreneurship more accessible and how can we channel entrepreneurship to focus on improving society? We opened the first co-working hub in Israel, launched the first social venture accelerator, the first accelerator for Arab entrepreneurs in Israel, the first accelerator for ultra-Orthodox women and the first accelerator in the world focused on innovative solutions for people with disabilities. The impact has been the launch of over 350 businesses, tech startups and social ventures – that are growing local economies through job growth, enriching community life through volunteer engagement and solving core society problems as our ventures impact tens of thousands of lives.
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