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Our connection to the Netherlands

One of GKI Group's main goals is connecting for Israeli entrepreneurs with the top startup countries. Join us on our first stop - Netherlands.

Over the past few months, we’ve worked hard on building strong relations with key people of the tech industry in the Netherlands, focusing on Amsterdam. We came with a mission - become the connection to the Netherlands for Israeli startups, entrepreneurs, and investors. We came to strengthen the connection, deepen the relations between these two countries and work for better future together.Our re...

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Chen Feller

Exploring the co-working spaces of Amsterdam

Two days in Amsterdam, four co-working spaces: B. Amsterdam, TQ, WeWork and Merkspace.

Amsterdam is a great startup city, with an amazing ecosystem and full support from the government to make it the next Silicon Valley. No startup city is complete without its hubs, accelerator programs, incubators, schools, programs and of course - co-working spaces. While visiting the Netherlands we had the opportunity to explore a few of the co-working spaces in Amsterdam including B. Amsterdam, ...

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How StartupAmsterdam is helping the growth of the city's ecosystem

Other cities around the world are quickly pushing in front of Tel Aviv as the top startup ecosystems in the world. One of the cities giving Tel Aviv a run for its money is Amsterdam. There are 2,900 startups in Amsterdam and its surroundings; about 1,000 of them are located in the city center. Amsterdam claimed the title of "Innovation Capital of Europe" in 2016, and it's always in the top five...

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Chen Feller

The Next Web Conference 2017

2 days, dozens of events. We went to TNW Conference 2017 in Amsterdam and returned with information about some interesting startups.

 We had an amazing, enriching, fruitful and full of strong networking here in Amsterdam, but the highlight was definitely The Next Web conference held on the 18-19th of May.It’s the 11th time that TNW Conference is happening, but this year it was bigger, better, and totally justified the slogan - “More than a conference”.15,000 attendees showed up this year, from all over the world, to exhibi...

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Chen Feller

7 Israeli inventions from 7 decades of innovation

Israel's 69th Independence Day is here, and it's time look back at some great Israeli inventions, a one from every decade, from solar water heating to a super-fast charger.

With Israel celebrating its 69th Independence Day, it's time for a short recap of some great Israeli inventions and gadgets, one from every decade that we exist.The world already knows that we're the innovation nation, everyone heard about the DiskOnKey, The Cherry Tomatoes, Iron Dome, Waze, and Mobileye, but it's time to talk about some other important inventions.For that matter, we decided to te...

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Gal Kalkshtein

How to pick the best lawyer for your startup?

A good lawyer is crucial to the success of your startup, but how do you pick the right one? Here are a couple of things you should check.

 During my career I have been an employee, a manager, an entrepreneur and an investor; no matter my role, lawyers were always around.I have worked with many different kinds of lawyers, and have come to the conclusion that one needs to work with an excellent lawyer, and that when it comes to lawyers, you get what you pay for. My most painful memories are from mediocre lawyers I hired in the pa...

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Lital Kalkshtein

Investment Meetings: The Obstacles You Should Prepare for

 Investment meetings often feel like an enigma: no matter how many you may attend, you can never quite know what to expect and how it will turn out. You go to a meeting with a potential investor confident that your idea is THE next thing that will change the world ‒ but somehow the person on the other side of the table doesn’t think so, and decides to pass. Why does that happen? There are mos...

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Amira Keidar

How to tell your family story

A simple guide to motivate for discovering your family's history

 Imagine going up the attic at your grandparents’ house to take a look around. You make your way between the old furniture, the dusty boxes and the plastic bags that hide some old clothes that probably no one will ever wear again. After some time, when you’re about to leave the place disappointed (and dirty), you suddenly notice an old crate standing in the corner of the attic. It is full of ...

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Chen Feller

14 tech companies founded by celebrities

Not only Dr. Dre - These celebrities founded or co-founded some interesting startups.

Sometimes being famous for one thing is not enough. Sometimes you want people to see how brilliant you and your ideas are, so what do you do? You start a company.This is a story of these celebrities - Actors, musicians, comedians, hosts, basketball players or just... I don't know, famous for something.They had an idea, they had the ambition, and sure do they had the money and they decided to open ...

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Chen Feller

Meet the army unit that makes soldiers' ideas actually happen

Did you know that the Israeli Air Force has an innovation unit that makes the soldiers' ideas come true? Ilan Regenbaum from this unit was here to talk about it

For years, the IDF was perceived as an archaic body compared to the world of innovation and the flourishing Israeli ecosystem outside the army borders. Well, no more.It's time to meet the IAF Innovation Department - The unit that listens to soldiers's ideas, and puts them into action, to make the IDF units smarter and more efficient, for everyone's benefit.We had an interview with Ilan Regenbaum, ...

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Chen Feller

Top 10 tech stories that shaped 2016

Our team picked the ten tech stories from Israel and the rest of the world that shaped 2016: from the rise of autonomous cars, to Pokemon Go, to the death of Yahoo, it’s all in here, in just one year.

That’s it, 2016 is over. You may have liked it, you may have hated it, but you’ve got to admit that it sure was interesting. A lot has happened, a lot has changed, and a lot of it all is going to affect our future. Here at GKI Group we’ve picked the ten tech stories from Israel and the rest of the world that shaped 2016: from the rise of autonomous cars, to Pokemon Go, to the death of Yahoo, it’s ...

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Chen Feller

20 things Cuba should know about the internet

Now that the people of Cuba have internet access, we thought of sharing some basic guidelines

In case you haven't heard - Google is trying to connect Cuba to the internet, starting with 2,000 households to see how it goes. That's a huge step was for this beautiful and disconnected Island to finally become a part of the 21st century.Now, Cubans, before you grab your iPhone and start posting photos of vintage cars to your Instagram account, here's 20 things should know about this thing calle...

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Chen Feller

85% of your followers read only the title of the article

Short summary of "Content Israel 2016"

That’s the main (and sad) conclusion from “Content Israel 2016” conference held yesterday in Nalagaat Center in Tel Aviv. The conference hosted great speakers from the industry, Israelis and non-Israelis, to talk about the latest trends in content editing, and how can you convince people to get interested in your content, and eventually in your product. Among the speakers you could find Rebecca Co...

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Chen Feller

Connecting The Holy Land to The Netherlands

Tom Vos spends his days helping Israeli startups flourish in the Netherlands, now it's time to hear him out.

 Many companies, and some startups who can afford it, are beginning to open more international offices around the globe. As an Israeli company, you can’t only stay in Israel and expect to flourish anymore. If you’ve ever thought of opening another office in the Netherlands, we met just the guy who’ll help you achieve it – Mr. Tom Vos.Tom, now 44, moved to Israel 25 years ago, and has since be...

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Chen Feller & Miriam Young

Another successful year in the Israeli tech scene

A lot has happened here in the year of 5776, the Jewish alternative for the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016. The startup scene remains on the rise and a lot of new companies opened, with billions raised to help the startups.Now that the Jewish holidays are over, it's to time return to normal, head back to work and our daily routine, but it doesn't mean we can't still celebrate. So, to celebrate ...

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Chen Feller

The most southern hub in Israel

Not only vacation: A new hub opened in Eilat, and it's free for all entrepreneurs. Won't you come take a look?

 In the middle of May, we had a company trip to Eilat. We had fun, quality company bonding time, as well as enriching educational experiences. Each day we attended lectures and presentations at Eilat Hub, and before heading back up to the center of Israel, we met with the hub’s CEO, Or Haviv. Eilat Hub is pretty new, having been established at the beginning of this year. Upon their arrival in...

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Chen Feller

6 Israeli chatbots you should message

Open your Facebook Messenger, It's time to make some new bot friends.

It’s starting to get pretty tiring talking about all the newest “hot trends”, but you should trust us (and everyone else) when we say that AI (artificial intelligence) bots and chatbots are really the next big thing.If any technology is trending, you can be sure that the Israeli startup scene will hop on the opportunity and make the most of it. Meekan, for example, the Israeli bot that helps Slack...

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Dor Avrahami

Robotics Today

Israel Innovation Authority published their annual report two months ago. The report looked at subjects like the Israeli tech scene, the rise of growth in companies, and one of the most intriguing matters of our time — robotics. Specifically, the robotic industry in Israel.Whether we speak about factories operating autonomously, automatic vending machines, a robot that cleans the floor while we’re...

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Teen accelerator programs should become a thing

The Hub, Teen Accelerator camp, visited our office and made us realize this is the kind of solution we need to keep the Startup Nation going.

On July 26th we had some really special guests at our office. We hosted The Hub - Teen Accelerator technology camp, which is an all new summer program for teens from around the world. They came to Israel for a 10-day intensive accelerator specializing in either design, programming, marketing, or entrepreneurship. These kids were from everywhere from California, to Texas, France, England, Spain, an...

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Welcome

Hey there startups, entrepreneurs, and tech-lovers everywhere- we are GKI Group

We are your home for innovation and technology. We are here to solve your problems, and here to come up with top-notch inventions and developments. We are your voice and connection to the Israeli government, and we are here to consult and help aspiring startups & entrepreneurs. We are here for you. So, you want to know what we actually do? Many things:Consult entrepreneurs and startups and hel...

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Miriam Young

Whisky Live 2016

Our summary of the hottest whisky-related event of the year.

To be honest, I never knew that much about whisky. A fun alcoholic beverage, mainly popular among sophisticated men? That’s the general knowledge passed around. When I started working at GKI Group, I entered a new level of whisky culture through Milk & Honey, the first whisky distillery in Israel. Gal Kalkshtein, Founder of GKI, is Founder and Director of the Milk & Honey Distillery, while...

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Chen Feller

The Knesset Unites In Fighting “Shaming”

On June 28th we were invited to the Knesset, where they held the first “Unity Event”, to come up with ways to bridge the gaps between the Israeli people despite differences. Gal Kalkshtein, the Founder of GKI Group, and CEO of the Israeli Startup Lobby, was there to attend and head one of the 12 “Round Tables”. The unity event consisted of 12 round tables discussing different subjects, each one wi...

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5 Jerusalem Based Startups for Yom Yerushalayim

In honor of "Jerusalem Day", we decided to pick 5 Jerusalem based amazing startups.

Today in Israel we celebrate “Yom Yerushalayim”, or as translated into English, “Jerusalem Day.” This marks the country of Israel regaining control over its capital city, Jerusalem, in June of 1967. In honor of this momentous day in Jerusalem’s history, we would like to highlight five startups you need to know about, founded in the capital of the Startup Nation.   OrCam Founded: 2010 He...

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Our Company Getaway

Nine steps to the ultimate learning and bonding and chilling experience.

Part 1: Preparation“Mark the 16th–18th of May,” they said, “We’re going to have a company trip.”“But where to,” we all wondered. Apparently the destination and plan were one of the company’s best kept secrets. Our bosses did tell us one thing — “pick a partner, invent a charger-related product, and create a presentation that you’re going to pitch to investors — us.”A few days before the deadline, ...

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Celebrating 68 Years of Israel with 68 Startups Made in Israel, Just For You

We are so excited to celebrate Israel’s birthday this year! We put together a list of the best Israel has to offer— that which gives us our name as the Startup Nation—our startups! Out of all of the wonderful startups to choose from, these have been selected due to their purpose of serving the everyday consumer in innovative, truly beneficial ways. Because we love all startups equally, we’ve organ...

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Miriam Young

High Tech Mimouna

On the evening of April 30th, 2016, GKI Group held our very first Mimouna party at our new office. Haven’t heard of a “Mimouna” before? It’s a traditional North-African (usually Moroccan) Jewish celebration, taking place just after Passover ends. A main part of the party is eating chametz, meaning all of the foods that were forbidden over the past week or so of the holiday. Getting off the elevat...

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Miriam Young, 4.5.16

Thoughts on the Milk and Honey Distillery Friends and Family Grand Opening

A few weeks ago was my first time at a whisky distillery. My work friend picked me up with his girlfriend and we drove in the Thursday afternoon traffic, with the sun setting over the road, down towards Yafo. Entering the distillery I didn’t know what to expect but we were greeted by the warmest atmosphere. I’ve been to various wineries before but never this sort of private event with all of the a...

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Miriam Young, 28.4.16

Faces of GKI: Dor Avrahami

Interview with our in-house robotics guy, Dor.

Let’s take a look behind the scenes at the people of GKI Group. Dor Avrahami has been here for over a year. During this time, he’s been developing the in-house robotics laboratory. Upon his arrival at GKI, the mission bestowed upon him was to start this laboratory, starting with buying all of the equipment needed. Over the last year he’s compiled various innovative tools, computers, and programs t...

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Miriam Young, 20.3.16

Aiming to Improve Conditions For Women in Tech in Israel

I recently started working at this really cool place called GKI Group. They just moved into a brand new high rise building with lots of space and huge glass windows looking out over Israel in all directions. Every day I’m still learning about what happens down the sunny halls of our floor- from the on-site robotics lab, to the whiskey distillery, and everything in between in the world of startups....

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