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Tel Aviv University is uniquely positioned to foster entrepreneurial growth in Israel – it is, unofficially, ‘the start-up for start-ups’. It invests more than $150 million a year in R&D, more than any other Israeli academic institution. And in just 60-years, TAU has secured 2,400 patents, spun-off 65 companies and licensed 180 inventions. In 2012, it was No. 29 in the world for the number of patents applied for by an academic institution; and according to an August 2013 CrunchBase.com report, No. 14 and the only non-US institution in the world’s top 20 new entrepreneur-producing University programs. The University’s Entrepreneurship Center – StarTAU – was launched in 2009 to serve this burgeoning entrepreneurial class; and has already catapulted to 25th on the 2013 University Business Incubator Global Index, the only Israel academic institution on the list. The Center is working with 15-20 start-ups at any given time, and expects to more than triple that number by 2018. An Arab Israeli program launched last year; a woman-specific program is in the works.

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