Israel: Technological Prowess and Entrepreneurial Dilemmas



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Code : ENT0020

Year :
2007

Industry :Engineering, Electrical and Electronics

Region : Israel

Teaching Note:Available

Structured Assignment : Available

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Israelís Technological Prowess and Entrepreneurial Successes
Israelís dominance in defense and technology has its origins in the countryís tumultuous beginnings and inherent fighting spirit against more populous nations at its borders. Also, Israelís high-tech boom was fuelled by grants to scientists, military-research projects, engineers and scientists immigrating from the erstwhile Soviet Union, and the sprouting of foreign semiconductor factories. Large-scale immigration from Russia and East Europe helped augment Israelís human capital. Especially, the Russian scientific expertise helped trigger a technology revolution in Israel....

Venture Capital
The Israeli Venture Capital (VC) industry is said to be the largest industry of its kind, outside the United States. It was born in 1985 when Dan Tolkowsky, head of Athena Venture Partners created a $25 million fund. With 100 active funds and over $10 billion23 under management, Israelís VC industry is one of the most vibrant sectors in the country (Exhibit IX). In a land with a population of 6 million, that capital helped start up 3,000 companies, one for every 2,000 inhabitants.24 As the global demand for IT products is on the rise, the future looks rosy for most Israeli high-tech companies...

NGTís Dilemma
NGT, established in July 2002, is part of the National Incubator Programme that supports and encourages entrepreneurial projects in the fields of technology and biotechnology. Five IsraeliArab businessmen along with their Jewish partner, Davidi Gilo, founded the venture. It is the first of its kind, owned by Jewish and Israeli Arab business people, to encourage entrepreneurs from both quarters. NGTís business model combines equity and investments to help support the entrepreneurs in their enterprise (Exhibit XI). Israeli Arabs account for one-fifth of the population; yet lag behind Jews. Economic disparities separated the Jewish and the non-Jewish population. It is believed that their exclusion from the Israeli military made them economically backward. Absence of social networks affected their commercial activities and impeded their growth...

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