MIT REAP Team Ashdod’s regional focus is on the city of Ashdod, which is located in the Southern District of Israel. The team has a well-balanced stakeholder composition, including the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Shamoon College of Engineering, Start-Up National Center, and Ashdod Municipality.

Team Members

University
Government
Corporate
Risk Capital
Entrepreneur

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Dr. Smadar Itzkovich
Champion
Head of Industry Development Division, Ashdod Municipality
Liat Aaronson
Partner, Marker LLC
Guy Avrutzky
Manager of Strategic R & D, JDC Israel
Meir Elharrar
Israel Site Manager, Brooks Automation
Yehuda Frenkel
City Council Member In charge of Education and Industrial Development, Ashdod Municipality
Daniela Kandel
Head of Academic Relations & Strategy, Start-Up Nation Central
Yuval Shahar
Partner, Marker LLC & Innovation
Benjamin Singer
Deputy Head of Community EMEA, WEWORK
Yael Slavin
Business Outreach Coordinator, TEVET - JDC Israel
Zohar Wohlfarth Cohen
CEO, Shamoon College of Engineering
Ilit Oppenheim
Living Lab Director, Ashdod Municipality

Team Strategy

  • Challenge & Opportunity:
  • Strategy & Action:
      • Region of focus: city of Ashdod located in the Southern District of Israel
      • Comparative advantage:
        • Israel’s largest port city on the Mediterranean with a history of manufacturing and industrial processes.
        • Highly educated population.
      • Core Challenges:
        • Very close to Tel Aviv, which is currently the entrepreneurial hub of Israel.
        • Needs to find clusters it can attract based on its uniqueness.
        • Post military population tends to move towards the center for the country to access universities and jobs
      • Stakeholder Insight:
        • Well balanced team (high involvement from all team members) but lacks a focus on entrepreneurs and a way to mobilize the team to support entrepreneurship in the region.
      • Will be updated once the team graduates from the program.
      • REAP Strategy:
        • Focus on the city’s infrastructure and related opportunities
      • Potential Strategic Intervention(s):
        • Create an experimental sandbox for testing new technologies
          • Metrics:
            • Number of startups located in Ashdod
            • Number of positions offered by these startups
            • Number of projects created in the living lab
            • Number of projects/ initiatives implemented

 

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Core Regional Metrics

Economic & Social Progress

Social progress and economic prosperity as a collective measure of development in a region.

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystems are regional environments that effectively support startups focused on addressing global markets based on technological, process or business model innovation.

Innovation Capacity

Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.

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People

-Pool of innovators
-Education in tech and commercialization

Performance

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Demand

-Nature of established companies in region

Funding

-Funding for research
-Government programs

Policy

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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Entrepreneurial Capacity

Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.

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Funding

-Accessibility of entrepreneurial capital (government, private, equity, debt, grants)

Policy

-New business creation policy
-Business law and business policy

Demand

-Government, corporate and consumer demand for new products and services

People

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Performance

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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