Made in JLM, a local collaborative organization in Jerusalem formed to facilitate the local tech scene, has released an updated map of the city’s startups using Mapme, itself an Israeli startup. With already 500 points pinned down, it represents a colossal gain for the Israeli capital in comparison to previous years.
“On our old map we had only 140 points mapped, and only 80 of them were startups. Here is a new map with 500 points, and these are only the startups!” Made in JLM CEO Roy Munin announced on Facebook. With the sponsorship of the Jerusalem Development Authority, Jnext, and Itzik Ozer, and with the help of analyst Sara Iluz, the organization has been collecting data over the last several weeks and plans to add more co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerators to the cartography project.
Made in JLM, co-founded by CEO Roy Munin, VP Uriel Shuraki, and Chairman Hanan Brand, aims to organize and connect the city’s tech community through a series of networking projects and events. It works closely with the city and the local venture capital scene. Speaking with Geektime in November, Shuraki said “We’re kind of an umbrella. We work with all the entrepreneurs and work with all the communities to connect them together. It’s rare we organize events but we aggregate all the details of events.”
Jerusalem‘s startup scene has made a lot of progress in the last few years: The city’s venture investments jumped from about $58 million in 2012 to $227 million in 2014, with data for 2015 on the way; The city was among 50 cities named by Startup Compass when it ranked the world’s top startup ecosystems last year; and Time Magazine called it one of the world’s five most up-and-coming tech cities.
Boston-based accelerator network MassChallenge opened a new franchise in Jerusalem at the end of January, joining the city’s first and most embedded accelerator Siftech. Several global conglomerates also have R&D centers in the city and their venture arms are simultaneously active there.
Made in JLM is currently a six-person operation that maintains an ongoing forum of 60 tech leaders in the city. They count all the community’s members as representatives of the city.