Accelerate your Industry 4.0 startup with real customers
The Galilee Accelerator for Smart Industry helps entrepreneurs create and promote startups addressing industrial challenges. Join our Meetups here.
The accelerator is managed in cooperation with Israel Economy and Industry Ministry - MaofTech
Partners and Sponsors
The accelerator is supported by ICA in Israel
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, Moona – A Space for Change, Karmiel Municipality, and Misgav Regional Council, partnering with industrial companies – Israeli and multi-national ones. This national-level program is supported by the Israeli government – The Ministry of Economy and Industry, Maof-Tech and ICA in Israel
The accelerator is active since 2013, with dozens of entrepreneurs and mentors.
The accelerator is focusing now on startups that target manufacturers as customers, taking part in the big wave of innovation in factories called Industry 4.0. Some other relevant domain names are IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things, Advanced Manufacturing and Smart Factory.
This includes innovations in manufacturing, maintenance, factories’ management and energy savings, supply chain and logistics, safety, quality and more, using advanced technologies. Some examples of Israeli startups active in this domain can be found at the following links ( link A ,link B, link C).
We’ve established a network of industrial and tech companies, Israeli and multi-national ones, 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, reaching first customers to validate your business, make fast progress with your product, customers, funding and more.
Entrepreneurs and mentors can join us from all over Israel, the accelerator is open for everyone.
We take no equity nor IP rights in WAVE1 cohort (see below). 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, commitment and relevant industrial domain expertise. Having a complementary team is preferred , and for WAVE1 cohort it’s not mandatory that any of of the team members is fully dedicated to the startup.
- A real need – 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, over only focusing on funding and pitching. We’re mentorship driven – you should be feeling comfortable working with mentors.
WAVE1 cohort will include startups and entrepreneurs in an early stage, before having customers. The startup may already have a product (MVP) or just and idea.
WAVE2 cohort will be opened after WAVE1 and will accept startups with a bit higher maturity level, i.e., after having a team, a product and customers.
Timeline - 2020 Wave1 Cohort
Boot-camp participants will be determined shortly afterwards.
An intensive 24 hours of Lean Startup methodology, meeting mentors and presenting in front of a panel.
Following the boot-camp we’ll finalize the list of startups accepted to the accelerator. The accelerator main sessions will be held on Thursday afternoons and some on Friday mornings.
Startups presentations and program conclusion.
Team and Mentors
Dr. Avital Regev Siman-Tov
Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, Ort Braude Academic College
Accelerator Director, Chief Mentor
Entrepreneur and hi-tech companies executive
Guy Ben Zvi
CEO at Omega 3 Galil Ltd.
Director of Industrial Business Innovation & IoT Leader at Matrix
CEO at AlterNet.co.il
Experienced Software Development Leader
Director of Strategic Business Development. looking for startups
Co-Founder, CEO at HarvestSense
CEO & Co-founder at SeatBack
Nataly Turgeman Krasnovsky
VP Sales and Marketing
Seeking for the next challenge
Owner of Rank Up consulting and training
VP Development at Asparna Ltd.
Freelance Priority integrates at Avigdor-ERP Priority implementation
Dr. David Bentolila
Prof. Zeev Volkovich
Head of Department at Ort Braude College of Engineering
Industry 4.0 Specialist
Group Product Owner at Spiral Solutions
Applying Advanced LEAN Techniques
Senior Researcher at the Samuel Neaman Institute
VP R&D @ Riggoh.com
Head of Master of Science Program in Industrial Engineering and Management
Managing Director at Carl Zeiss SMS Ltd
Yiftah Plant Manager at Netafim
Taylor maid Business & Marketing solutions
Mech. Eng. Sharpening Stones
Ilan Keren Patents & IP
Director Marketing & Business Development
Product manager and UX designer
CTO at Terralab Ventures
Mentor at the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars
Supply Chain Innovation Expert and Business Strategy Advisor
Industry 4.0 consultant | Advanced Manufacturing Specialist | Ex-Intel
Innovative Consultant, Computer-Vision & Electro-Optics Systems Expert
Technology executive | B2B SaaS Product Management Leader | Digital Marketing | Software Engineering
Programmer at Matrix
CEO at Tech-Bar
Engineering Manager at Tnuva
Chairman - North Region MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION OF ISRAEL
Gallery and Testimonials
Frequently asked Questions
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.
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. Some of the session will be done using the internet (Zoom).
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.
The accelerator program is made of two tracks, one is a WAVE1 and another is WAVE2.
WAVE1 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.
WAVE2 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 WAVE1 – 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 WAVE2 – we require at least one of the co-founders to be fully dedicated to working on the startup, in Karmiel or not.
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.
For WAVE1 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.
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.
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!