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Nvidia, Innovation Authority set up AI-based hub in Haifa

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US tech giant Nvidia has teamed up with the Israel Innovation Authority and business development center MATI Haifa to set up an innovation hub in Haifa to encourage artificial intelligence-based entrepreneurship in Israel’s north.

The Road2 hub, named after the highway that connects Tel Aviv to Haifa, was officially launched on Wednesday, in the presence of Nvidia officials, Dr. Ami Appelbaum, the chairman of Israel Innovation Authority; Prof. Rafi Beyar, former director of Rambam Hospital; and Mooly Eden, a former senior VP at Intel Corp. and head of Intel Israel.

The goal of the new hub is to boost the development of innovation ecosystems outside of the thriving Tel Aviv area where entrepreneurs and multinationals tend to gravitate, said the Israel Innovation Authority’s chairman Appelbaum in a statement.

“Haifa has tremendous entrepreneurial potential and significant talent anchored there,” said Appelbaum. “It’s important to strive toward building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the city, which will serve as a magnet for the entire northern region. Road2 will sow the seeds for the creation of new high-tech companies based on the rich academic research that is already taking place in the city and the human capital developed in these institutions. This is a sure recipe for creating a successful and sustainable industry in Haifa and throughout the northern region.”

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© The Times of Israel

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