Operation Protective Edge – the Gaza Envelope is exposed to a new and more sophisticated threat than ever before.
Following the threat of the attack tunnels and the sense of helplessness felt among locals, we targeted the regional school and worked to instill the mentality of responsibility and taking our lives into our own hands. We inaugurated a 'hackathon' that lasted about half a year in which ten groups of students from Sha'ar HaNegev School worked to devise creative solutions to the tunnels. This gave birth to the kernel of the idea for establishing SouthUp.
SouthUp Association is established in order to advance innovation in Sha'ar HaNegev. At the same time local groups of high school students began a project to build a nanosatellite as a way of gaining exposure to the world of hi-tech.
First StartUp conference in February. The conference laid the cornerstone for companies to join the incubator. After pooling resources, we renovated the building at our disposal and welcomed our first companies in August.
November – opening of a new and renovated site on Kibbutz Nir Am + absorption of new companies.
SouthUp's innovation sites stretch across an area of 1,200 sqm and comprise 14 startup companies that employ 65 workers.
Goals for this year are ambitious but doable – renovating an additional building to produce an additional 750 sqm for innovation sites, absorbing 10 additional companies, establishing the Impact Investment Fund, establishing 2-3 designated technology incubators, opening a first classroom in the new school.
SouthUp comprises 7,000 sqm of innovation sites containing some 70 startups and 600 employees. Annual 'giving back' investment of NIS 3,000,000 in developing and strengthening the community. The new school is attended by students in 7th to 12th grades.
Hi-tech Park with the school at its center.