Start JLM Competition

WHO WILL REPRESENT CANADA IN ISRAEL?

Jerusalem is an exciting place for entrepreneurs and a home base for Israel’s leading companies, investors, and academic institutions. As the heart of Israel’s life science and biotech innovation, Jerusalem is the home of the Start JLM Competition.

The Start JLM Competition brings together innovative, early-stage startup founders from around the globe to explore and experience Jerusalem’s startup ecosystem. Start JLM is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect and benefit from interaction with prominent local tech leaders in a five-day immersive program, featuring interactive fireside chats and panels, specially designed how-to workshops, site visits at leading companies, and exclusive networking meetups with the city’s startup community. 

with prominent local tech leaders in a five-day immersive program, featuring interactive fireside chats and panels, specially designed how-to workshops, site visits at leading companies, and exclusive networking meetups with the city’s startup community.

Startup Canada and the Embassy of Israel in Canada (@IsraelinCanada) are empowering Canadian entrepreneurs and entrepreneur-led companies in Technology, BioTech, MedTech, and Digital Health fields to represent Canada on the global stage at the Start JLM competition in November 2018. Five finalists are competing to win the grand prize, with the winner being announced at Startup Canada Day on the Hill on October 18th.

MEET THE 2018 FINALISTS

Eric Zimmerman
Co-Founder & CEO

A Canadian life sciences organization engaged in developing, researching, producing, and distributing evidence-based clinical nutrition.

Aly Burtch
Co-Founder & Managing Director

A gut microbiome monitoring kit, SUPERBIOME provides each customer with a breakdown of all bacteria in their sample, along with a unique diet plan based on their own profile of gut bacteria.

Luna Yu
CEO

Using biology to turn waste into value by rapidly engineering bacteria that converts organic waste into high grade specialty chemicals.

Dr. Jimmy Feng
CEO

Phyxable is a mobile app and web solution that empowers you to fix your minor injuries and guides you to optimal performance and prevention.

Isabel Galiana
CEO

Specialised medical software that evaluates brain function based on eye and head movements recorded in virtual reality.

MEET OUR PAST RECIPIENTS

Maayan Ziv, Founder and CEO
AccessNow

“The thing that struck me most is the way they think globally from day one. They are constrained; even if they want to trade with their neighbours, they can’t. I think that’s why they’re so successful. When you’re stuck within a narrow focus, it makes you think harder about how to be creative. I think this is the reason I’m an entrepreneur to begin with. My life pushed me to think within boxes and figure out how to get past them.”

Andrea Palmer, Founder & CEO
Awake Labs 

“Winning the 2016 Start Tel Aviv competition and traveling to Israel was an incredible experience to expore one of the most innovative countries in the world with inspirational founders from 31 countries. It has shifted my perspective about managing risk, choosing target markets, and optimizing efficiency. Start Tel Aviv was an incredible experience to explore one of the most innovative countries in the world with inspirational founders from 31 countries. It has shifted my perspective about managing risk, choosing target markets, and optimizing efficiency.”

Ronen Benin, Founder & CEO
Avail

“I had the honour of winning the 2015 Start Tel Aviv competition, which sent me to Israel to participate in the DLD Startup Festival as well. The experience took me to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to see exactly what it is that makes their ecosystems thrive. The experience was phenomenal. The Israeli startup mantra is effectively “anything can be done”, which was something I took back with me to my startup in Toronto. My biggest takeaway was the fact that they see everybody as a potential innovator, and know that empowering even the lowest seniority employees can pay tremendous dividends. “

ADJUDICATORS

Ambassador Nimrod Barkan
Ambassador of Israel to Canada
Embassy of Israel

Brenda Halloran
Chair of the Board
Startup Canada

Maayan Ziv
Founder & CEO
AccessNow

Ariel Mashiyev
Founder & CEO
iLobby Inc. 

Andrea Palmer
CEO
Awake Labs

Ronen Benin
Founder & CEO
Avail