Startup Nation Conference to explore Israel-Miami ties at Miami Dade College on May 17

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How did a country the size of New Jersey end up with the second-highest concentration of startups in the world? What can Miami learn from Israel’s global success?

The Idea Center at Miami Dade College and Tel Aviv University will host the inaugural Startup Nation Conference on Tuesday at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami as a way to explore the hows and whys of Israel’s global success and to connect Miami’s tech and innovation community with that of Tel Aviv’s — the world’s most successful innovation ecosystem after Silicon Valley. in the last decade, Israel produced six Nobel Prize winners and 800 exits — companies that were acquired or went public.

Each conference session will reflect the four steps in every startup’s life cycle: ideation, launch, growth and exit. In addition, the conference will feature more than 20 speakers, including Maurice Ferré, former CEO and chairman of Mako Surgical Corp., which sold for $1.65 billion in 2013, and Jonathan Medved, founder and CEO of OurCrowd, invested more than $16 million in 18 portfolio companies in just under six months.