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First Arab-Israeli startup school introduced

A new creative school that will soon introduce a startup booster that will launch today in Kafr Qasim northeast of Tel Aviv. The Arab sector which has long been diminished from high-tech industries , but the problem is more extensive.

“When you talk about high-tech among Arab Israelis the problem is not with lack of talent, but their lack of exposure to current trends,” said Hans Shakur, who controls the community engagement projects for Tsofen, an Arab-Jewish organization assisting the integration of Arab Israelis in the high-tech industry.

Talking to “Globes”, Shakur said the school was established following a US government venture, which employed MEPI to seek out entrepreneurs in six Middle Eastern countries in order to create workplaces.

MEPI is connected by Tsofen and MIT Enterprise Forum in assisting the venture.

MIT EF executive director Ayla Matalon said, “The venture is called TRI/O Tech. The MIT forum has been working from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Tel Aviv University, and it has been accompanying the growth of the Startup Nation since 1994; long before people heard of startups, we were already providing counsel in the field. The forum has a number of active, familiar faces in the Israeli high-tech scene, including Martin Gerstel, Dr. Ed Mlavsky, and Yanki Margalit. We will be guiding the students in the new school.”

Matalon: “Studies show that when girls study together in high school without competing with the boys their scores are higher than in mixed classrooms. There is an advantage to competing with Arab entrepreneurs. But as it turns out, we interviewed entrepreneurs this week and almost all were working in mixed high-tech firms.”


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