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Tech City guide: Tel Aviv

Israel is known as the start-up nation and there is no doubt that Tel Aviv is the jewel in its tech crown. EG gives you lowdown in the first of a series on Tech Cities around the world

Israel is known as the start-up nation, and there is no doubt that Tel Aviv is the jewel in its tech crown.

Walk into any of the city’s restaurants or bars and you are far more likely to hear people talking about the tech businesses than football or the weather.

The theories as to why Tel Aviv has become one of the tech capitals of the world are plentiful.

Israel, founded in only 1948, was built by immigrants and, as such, risk-takers – an attitude that has held the sector in good stead. There has always been a drive for self-sufficiency and efficiency in agriculture and water, which led to advanced engineering and technologies.

With a population of only 8.5m, businesses are also forced to think globally in order to be successful.

The country’s volatile political and geographical position has meant it has constantly invested in cyber security, a sector in which it is now a world leader.

This is accentuated by Israel’s military conscription policy, with many of the country’s brightest young minds being given advanced tech training in the forces. Many tech entrepreneurs say it pushed them to realise that things that might seem impossible are in fact possible.

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