Last updated April 4th 2018
April 3, 2018 | US search engine giant Google has chosen Tel Aviv, Israel as the new location for its startup accelerator. The accelerator began the first week of March. The artificial intelligence and machine learning accelerator is part of Google’s Launchpad program, a global accelerator program that helps startups build and scale products by matching them with the best of Google, including people, networks, and advanced technologies. This is the first time Google has left the United States to set up a startup accelerator. According Mobile App Daily, a news site of the mobile app industry, the accelerator “will help the startups in Israel to harness the technology with all possible support. The latest move in Israel is an initiative from Google to back up all the small startups struggling to pitch their idea on a larger scale.” The Jerusalem Post has also said that “part of the drive to set up the Tel Aviv accelerator is the company’s effort to move from a mobile-first mentality to AI-first” based on conversations with Roy Glasberg, founder and general manager of the Google Global Acceleration programs and the Google AI Studio and Nir Chinsky, head of Google Cloud MEA & CEE, responsible for business strategy and growth across East and Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Google’s Israel accelerator is currently working with BrainQ, a Jerusalem-based startup that aims to cure stroke and spinal cord injuries through brain-computer interface (BCI.) Aside from its own accelerator, Google also works with more than 150 local startups through different Israeli accelerators.