About 4 years ago the cornerstone of the Gav Yam Technologies park was placed. Back then hearing the words “south Israel” and “startup” in the same sentence, more than a few brows were raised. Fast forward a few years, today the park is home for over 70 companies and 1800 employees. With immense work by the innovation department of the Beer Sheva Municipality, over a 100 active startups, accelerators and other programs to escort the local innovations – all these make Beer Sheva a place of opportunity for the Tech world.
The case of our local tech ecosystem is quite interesting and is now an interesting study case for other cities and countries around the world. Each major body has contributed to said growth – a very supportive municipality, a strong academy producing over 8000 engineers annually and of course global brand tech companies. Add to the mixture the IDF’s decision to relocate its tech and communication units to the south, and you get the city with the greatest growth potential in the tech world.
Still, even with all of this immense progress something was missing, what? A strong startup and innovation community to push the city into a “tech culture”, and inspire innovation while assisting the local entrepreneurs. Thus Tech7 was born!
Tech7 is the official tech community and entrepreneurship of Beer-Sheva and the south. Tech7 was founded in January 2015, by a group of leading representatives from the Hi-Tech Park, students and local entrepreneurs. The will and vision of Tech7 was to strengthen and develop the tech community in the Beer-Sheva, and to substantiate the entire area as a technological leader on an international level. Today the community has over 14,000 members, and over 100 startups, and we are not stopping .