Accelerate your Industry 4.0 startup with real customers
The Galilee Accelerator for smart industry helps entrepreneurs to create and promote startups addressing industrial challenges.
About the program
The Galilee Accelerator is a program dedicated to Israeli early-stage startups, developing solutions and business models that can transform the manufacturing sector.
The program is managed by Ort Braude Academic Engineering College Karmiel, together with Karmiel Municipality and The Kibbutz Industries Association. The college promotes the productivity of the Israeli industry, as per its vision, and is heavily engaged with the Industry .
The accelerator is active since 2013, with dozens of entrepreneurs and mentors.
Starting 2018 we’re focusing on startups that target manufacturers as customers, taking part in the big wave of innovation in factories called Industry 4.0. Some other relevant names are IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things, Advanced Manufacturing and Smart Factory.
This includes innovations in manufacturing, maintenance, factories’ management, logistics and more, using advanced technologies. Some examples of Israeli startups active in this domain can be found here and here.
We’ve established a network of industrial and tech companies, Israeli and multi-national, to help our entrepreneurs succeed while benefiting from innovative solutions and top-notch startups engagement. We’ll help you nail down your startup business model definition, reaching first customers to validate your business, make progress with your product, customers, funding and more.
Entrepreneurs and mentors can join us from all over Israel. The accelerator is open to everyone, whether you’re part of the Braude Academic College community or not.
We take no equity nor IP rights. It’s all free, waiting for you to come and use the accelerator to take your startup to the next level.
Come join us!
What we offer
Our mentors are available to support you in areas such as business strategy, product and technical aspects and more. For each startup a tailored lead mentor is assigned, with others being brought in to help when needed.
Our partners and connections are your ticket to having invaluable feedback and business validation. Later on, you may be able to run a pilot in their factory or even establish a long term relationship with them.
Although we’re not investing in your startup, we help you get funded by governmental grants, introducing you to investors and customers.
We help you save money – using our students where applicable, getting advice by experts like academic staff, prototyping experts and in-kind service partners such as CPA and Legal advisers.
We assist you with professional help for searching patents and patents registration.
Our educational plan includes practical lectures and workshops.
Who should apply
- Strong entrepreneurs – with high motivation and commitment and relevant industrial domain expertise. Having a complementary team is a plus but not required for the 2018 cohort.
- An excellent idea – addressing a real unmet need for a significant manufacturers market.
- Uniqueness – differentiation, originality and innovation.
- Alignment with the program – we’re using the Lean Startup concept, emphasizing customers and business validation, instead of only focusing on funding and pitching. We’re mentorship driven – you should be feeling comfortable working with mentors.
The 2018 cohort will include entrepreneurs and startups in pre-seed to seed stage, before growth phase. Some of the startups may only have an idea or technology, possibly with a single entrepreneur and no team. Some others may have an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) but having an insignificant number of customers or none.
In 2019 we plan to run the next cohort, serving more mature startups, ready for big breakthroughs.
Timeline - 2018 Cohort
Entrepreneurs apply using the accelerator’s application form. We’ll interview each relevant candidate.
Boot-camp participants will be determined shortly afterwards.
11/10 afternoon to 12/10
An intensive 24 hours of basic Lean Startup methodology, meeting mentors and presenting in front of a panel.
Following the boot-camp we’ll finalize the list of entrepreneurs accepted to the accelerator. The accelerator main sessions will be held on Friday mornings and some on Thursday afternoons.
Startups presentations and program conclusion. Awarding prizes for winning teams.
Team and Mentors
Dr. Moshe Shavit
Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, Ort Braude Academic College
Accelerator Director, Chief Mentor
Guy Ben Zvi
Nataly Turgeman Krasnovsky
Dr. David Bentolila
Prof. Zeev Volkovich
Gallery and Testimonials
Frequently asked Questions
Where is the accelerator located?
The accelerator is located in Karmiel, within the campus of Ort Braude Academic College which is managing it. Karmiel is located at the center of the Galilee, with easy access by train, bus and car.
Is the accelerator only looking for Galilee based entrepreneurs? Would it require me to move to the Galilee if I'm not a Galilee resident?
No, we’re looking for entrepreneurs living anywhere in Israel, if they’re addressing the industrial market (see below). And we don’t mandate moving to the Galilee.
For the 2018 cohort, the accelerator’s sessions in Karmiel are held once a week, and it’s not required to be present at Karmiel in person more than this.
Of course, we’d like to further develop the Galilee, and we’re located in Karmiel, so we’d love to see Galilee entrepreneurs taking part in the accelerator program and non-Galilee entrepreneurs moving to the beautiful Galilee. But we refer to the accelerator as a national level program, uniquely focused on Industrial startups.
What startup stage is relevant to be accepted to the accelerator program?
The accelerator program is made of two tracks, one is a “pre-accelerator” (2018 cohort) and another one –”accelerator” (early 2019).
The pre-accelerator is intended for entrepreneurs with only an idea or technology but before penetrating the market (i.e., no customers using the product, or very few). You can be a single entrepreneur without a team, that’s ok.
The accelerator is intended for a bit more mature startups, already having a product with initial customers, looking for fast growth after already nailing down some basic business model assumptions.
Can I continue working or studying while taking part in the accelerator? How much time would I physically be spending in the accelerator weekly?
For the “pre-accelerator” – yes, you can study or work while participating. We require in-person attendance once a week, usually on Friday morning or sometimes on Thursday afternoon or evening.
In between these weekly sessions, you’re expected to work on your startup, make real progress and get in touch with the mentors, but this can be done using Skype, or phone or meeting in a place which is convenient for all. Focusing only on your startup would probably make it easier for you to make real progress faster but you should be able to continue working or studying even with participating.
For the “accelerator” track – we require at least one of the co-founders to be fully dedicated to working on your startup, in Karmiel or not.
Are you only focusing on industrial related startups? What does it mean anyway?
Yes, the Galilee Accelerator is looking only for startups that address the needs and problems of the industrial sector, i.e., manufacturers. This may include not only the production aspect, but other factory related domains such as supply chain, logistics, maintenance, service, employees training etc.
We are not interested in solving specific problems for a specific factory – we’re looking for startups addressing a market (e.g., electronics systems manufacturers). And we’re not interested in an idea of a new product that a manufacturer might be producing – we’re looking just to address the needs and the problems of the industry. Look up some examples here.
Are you taking equity in my startup? IP rights related to my patent? Is it really free of charge?
We don’t take anything from the entrepreneurs. Nada. And yes, it’s totally free of charge. We only want to see your commitment, move fast in serving your startup and your customers.
What's your vision, looking forward?
We’d like to see the Israeli industry 4.0 startups scene flourishing, with a lot of successful startups. And we’d like to see the Galilee Accelerator and Karmiel serving as a major hub for industrial startups.
Why Galilee, why Karmiel?
Karmiel, at the heart of the Galilee is hosting a lot of industrial companies in it (like Keter Plastic, Klil, Trellidor and TDK), and around it in Bar-Lev, Misgav and Tefen industrial parks. The Krayot and the city of Haifa area nearby are also having significant presence of indusial companies. The city of Karmiel and The Braude Academic College Karmiel have a special focus on the manufacturers’ sector and maintain deep and long-term relationships with many industrial companies.
And beside all that, the Galiliee and Karmiel as its capitol offer wonderful weather, nature and communities and we’d like to see it thrive. Come be a part of it!