Miami-Dade College partnering with Tel Aviv University for Startup Nation Conference


The Idea Center at Miami Dade College is collaborating with Tel Aviv University in Israel to host the inaugural Startup Nation Conference on May 17.

This conference, taking place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus , 300 NE 2nd Ave., Building 1, Second Floor, in Miami from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is intended to serve as an opportunity for people to understand Israel’s tech entrepreneurial ecosystem while connecting Miami’s tech and innovation community with that of Tel Aviv’s. It will feature more than 20 speakers, including some of Israel’s most successful entrepreneurs.

This conference was born from a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation-supported educational trip and seminar to Israel organized by Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, in March 2015. The trip’s delegation, which included The Idea Center’s executive director Leandro Finol, learned from the country’s thriving tech and innovation sector while sharing best practices and making connections. As a result of this trip, MDC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in August 2015. This agreement, between Tel Aviv University’s Entrepreneurship Center (StarTau) and The Idea Center, is intended to help enhance Miami’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and link Israel’s high-tech and start-up communities to resources and people in Miami.