By Arie Egozi
The Israeli Ministry of Defence is using the Israeli startups to get ideas for very advanced defence technologies.
The Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D), and the Chief Economist of the Ministry of Defense, are launching INNOFENSE, an innovation program for civilian, tech start-ups in the defense industry, which will be operated through the acceleration and mentorship programs offered by SOSA and iHLS.
The goal of this program is to promote the development and implementation of innovative technology in the field of security, by strengthening the cooperation and connection between civilian companies and entrepreneurs, and the defense industry. The new innovation center will enable the DDR&D and IDF to identify and integrate relevant technology for defense purposes. The program is operated by two companies: iHLS, an accelerator for homeland security and defense startups, and SOSA, a global network of innovation centers.
IHLS has already mentored and directed a number of very successful startups, some that came up with ideas that are already being developed.
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