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April 26, 2017 4:00 pm

Israeli Female Entrepreneurs Talk About What Makes ‘Silicon Wadi’ Tick

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Eynat Guez, CEO and co-founder of Papaya Global. Photo: Screenshot.

In a video published by Mercedes-Benz on YouTube last week, three Israeli female entrepreneurs talked about the Jewish state’s start-up scene and what makes it a special place for talented minds.

“Israel is one of the top five technology ecosystems in the world,” Adi Ofek — CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Tel Aviv — said. “Second to Silicon Valley in terms of innovation. Fourth largest talent pool in the world. Where else can we be? In Israel you can find deep insights; deep technology and this is where we shine.”

Fashion designer and O-Cercle co-founder Ayala Meromi Keinan said that in “Silicon Wadi” — a moniker for Israel’s high-tech sector — “something is always happening. People are always working on projects and you want to be involved, you don’t want to miss anything.”

“Israel is a small market,” she went on to say. “This is the reason why every start-up in Israel, from day one, thinks about the global market.”

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Eynat Guez — co-founder and CEO of Papaya Global — said that for women in Israel’s technology world, it is all about balancing responsibilities. She noted, “We work harder in the nights, earlier in the mornings…But we are very flexible.”

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