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May 4, 2012 11:22 am

Israel #1 in Startups Per Capita, #3 Globally in Patents

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In the six-plus decades of Israel’s existence, the nation has proven to be a global pacesetter in innovation and the development technology start-ups. According to recent story in the online magazine ISRAEL21c, Israel has the most start-ups per capita worldwide and the third-highest number of patents per head.

Just some of Israeli inventions include the Pillcam, a pill-sized camera that can pass through the digestive tract and detect diseases, and Copaxone, a revolutionary medicine treating Multiple Sclerosis.

Microsoft Windows NT and XP both were developed in Israel. Another memorable invention was the instant messaging service ICQ, sold later to AOL for more than $400 million.

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  • With regards to Israeli startups development no country in the world comes close. There almost sudden rise in this regard is remarkable.

  • George Rivas

    Israel is a country to be admired and emulated. Their achievements, per capita, per resource, are no less than astounding.

    If only all of our American leadership were smart enough to see Israel, rather than the social democracies of western europe, as the example to follow.