Startups as a Growth Engine for Kibbutzim and the Periphery

The SouthUp incubator is located at Kibbutz Nir Am surrounding the Gaza Strip and allows entrepreneurs to enjoy the unique advantages of the periphery and the kibbutzim: an enlarged grant from the Innovation Authority, a complementary investment fund for government grants, government assistance programs to finance the employment of workers, quality personnel and green view – only 50 minutes from Tel Aviv

HUB and ECO-SYSTEM – The innovative work space provides entrepreneurs with an ideal work environment and many opportunities for exposure and networking with Echo System, and a fruitful community of entrepreneurs and mentors.

Financing and capital – the possibility of receiving supplementary investment up to ILS 250,000 and presenting the venture and the business plan to Israeli and international investors and various funds.

 Creation of partnerships – exposure to international companies, large enterprises and potential business partners, significant discounts from leading service providers (eg legal advice and accounting).

Quality Personnel– The proximity to Sapir College and to the settlements in the area enables entrepreneurs to recruit quality and talented Personnel.

Convenient and accessible location – The SouthUp incubator is close to the Sderot train station and to the main transportation routes, which allow a 50 minute drive between the sites and the center of Tel Aviv.


Following the success of the Technological Incubator in Shaar Hanegev, another branch will be opened in a few weeks at Kibbutz Nir Am. The long dining tables in the kibbutz’s old dining room were replaced by innovative new offices and turned into an ideal hub for entrepreneurs.

The new high-tech center will serve start-ups, students and graduates of Sapir College and residents of the region.


SouthUp Offers entrepreneurs and start-ups to join the 2nd start-ups contest and an opportunity to win various prizes worth ILS 100,000.


Who is the competition for?

The competition is designed for start-ups in the fields of software, agriculture, electronics, industrial, robotics, biotechnology and more. Entrepreneurs who have applied for a grant from the Israel Innovation Authority and have been approved or are in the approval process, will find SouthUp particularly attractive, as this is an opportunity for them to increase the grant by 50%.

The SouthUp incubator is a privately owned incubator. Companies that enter the SouthUp incubator will be able to be accepted into a supplementary investment track in which they will receive up to ILS 250,000 a year as a supplementary investment, without waiving the company’s percentage.

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