Education, Innovation, and Employment
Advancing localities in the Gaza Envelope

SouthUp is an Israeli Technological Incubator operating under the auspices of a non-profit organization that seeks to develop technological entrepreneurship in Sh'aar Ha'negev (Gaza Envelope localities). SouthUp was established in order to encourage and develop employment in the high-tech sector and to generate economic, social and demographic growth in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip.


Works to promote significant technological education projects among youths and young adults in the region while producing a unique business environment—by creating new jobs in the high-tech sector and assisting start-ups.

The Association collaborates with strategic partners, including kibbutzim of the region, the Jewish Agency, Sapir Academic College, Kibbutz Industries Association, the Manufacturers Association and others.

Our Projects

Innovation Center

The Innovation Center helps innovative start-ups grow and offers extensive assistance in terms of business development, capital raising, connecting to mentors, access to markets and investors, assistance in submitting to the Chief Scientist of The Innovation Authority and more.


The Association operates educational programs for technological entrepreneurship that target high school students. The programs provide tools and learning skills to students and boosts them on the way to becoming leading and outstanding entrepreneurs.

Innovation Community

Creating a young and vibrant entrepreneurial community in the region with an emphasis on hi-tech. Connecting residents, businesses and hi-tech companies in order to locate employment opportunities, extend mutual assistance, build cooperation and more

Student internship

We promote and integrate students from Sapir Academic College in the local start-ups companies during and after the academic period. The program provides practical experience and a significant springboard for the labor market.

SouthUp  has developed a unique model that has generated significant change and advancement for Gaza envelope localities. As a result, our region is today considered one of Israel’s preferred areas for start-ups!

Our activities positively impact the lives of the entire populace of the Sha’ar Ha’negev region!

Our achievements in the last year of activity:

Start-ups companies
New jobs
Educational projects
Specialized students

We established two innovation centers in Sha'ar HaNegev that serve as a 'home' for start-ups

We organized innovation conferences and meetups

We created a shared ecosystem for: start-ups, kibbutzim in the region, local industry, entrepreneurs, students and more

We established a "Friends Association" and recruited partners, mentors and advisors to our ranks who help us generate growth and socio-economic-technological development in the region

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