Call for Proposals for iHLS Security Accelerator 4th Cycle

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Are you developing an innovative product? We can offer you added value in the security market as well.

At the iHLS Security Accelerator, we are looking for civilian technologies for use in the security sphere.

We know how to help you reach the civilian market, and of course that our unique capability and expertise is to connect you also to the security ecosystem: Israel’s Ministry of Defense, global and Israeli defense giants, including Raytheon, IAI, Elbit, etc.

iHLS accelerator supplies a one-time opportunity to get exposed to the most influential actors in the field: investors, leading global and Israeli defense industries, military, security and police organizations, integrators, etc.

iHLS, specialising in security technology with an emphasis on dual-use technology, invites entrepreneurship in this field to join the fourth cycle of the world’s first accelerator at the homeland security sphere.

The fourth cycle program will start during November 2017. Registration opens right now!

Our Spheres of Interest

The Accelerator invites startups from the vast array of security technologies, as long as they offer a technological innovation and a security orientation, especially dual technologies from the civilian and security realms.

Among the technologies: HLS, unmanned systems and robotics, autonomous vehicles, cyber and information security, border and strategic infrastructure security and defense, artificial intelligence, deep learning, machine learning, nanotechnology, geospatial systems, situational awareness, blockchain, safe/smart city, AR/VR/MR, electro-optics, civilian security and first responders, aerodynamics, video analytics, image processing, face recognition, biometrics, aerial defense, big data, IoT, training and simulation, etc.

About Us

iHLS Accelerator is the first startup accelerator in the world in the security and homeland security field. Our unique accelerator puts a major emphasis on the advancement of technological projects, their development and empowerment at any stage they’re in, and removes the entrance barriers to the leading defense industries, the military and the police globally and in Israel. All based on our ability to identify the technologies and the right market.

iHLS is an accelerator focusing on the security sector, with its unique features. The accelerator offers the startups aiming at this market recognition, international exposure, access to investors and empowerment of the ability to raise funds.

The accelerator is sponsored by IAI, Elbit Systems, Incubit – Elbit Systems’ Incubator, Raytheon, Verint, PwC, HFN Law Firm, and Cyient.

Our Advisory Board

Chairman – Brig. Gen. (res.) Giora Inbar

Maj. Gen. (res.) Moshe Kaplinsky, Lt. Col. (res.) Yair Ramati, Brig. Gen. (res.) Uri Agmon, Uri Sirkis, Col. (res.) Arik Davidi, Dr. Avraham Ortal, Adv.

The Accelerator is managed by Tal Catran, one of the pioneers of the Israeli accelerator realm, with vast experience in guiding and accompanying entrepreneurs and startups, and an international speaker on entrepreneurship and innovation.

What’s on The Program

We’re offering a 4-month program custom-built for startup companies that have reached advanced stages, accomplished PoC, and thrive to break the entry barriers on the way to defense technology industry giants globally and in Israel, as well as military and police agencies, government organizations, local authorities, etc.

How to Get Accepted

Between 5 to 15 startups are accepted to each cycle after three stages of selection. Following application on the website, the relevant applicant companies will be invited to the primary internal selection committee. The companies that pass that stage will be invited to the election process by the board members (sponsors): IAI, Elbit Systems, Incubit – Elbit Systems’ Incubator, Raytheon, Verint, PwC, HFN Law Firm, and Cyient.

What Happens at iHLS Accelerator

We supply the support, resources and experts of the highest quality to help the companies and advance them in various business aspects:

  • International Exposure: The companies benefit from networking, PR and vast exposure to media, during events, exhibitions, and conferences organized by iHLS, B2B opportunities, connect with potential customers and meetings with the leading actors in the security industry, as well as the technology giants.
  • Constant support and instruction by Israeli and international partners and companies, e.g. the sponsoring companies, and more.
  • Business Strategy Development
  • Mentors: Support and professional guidance by mentors from various fields, focusing on the defense industry.
  • Community: Weekly meetups with our experts and representatives from the ecosystem – investors, entrepreneurs, military and security figures, and other professionals.
  • An innovative workspace, supporting and stimulating

Success Stories

Our portfolio companies have accelerated both from the business and technological aspects, and have been exposed to collaborations and important leads which culminated in business links and investments: within the framework of the accelerator, we’ve succeeded in connecting companies from the civilian realm to the security ecosystem and vice versa, and have reached impressive success in fundraising and in selling companies.

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