Mapping Israeli Startups in the U.S.
When Guy Franklin moved to New York from Tel Aviv in 2013 to work at Ernst & Young, he realized that a large number of Israeli startups had offices in the Big Apple. “I started to see the trend, but when I tried to search, no one had a database of Israeli startups operating in New York,” he said. “It was very difficult to find them.”
So Franklin set out to make a map that would showcase the startup nation’s footprint in the city as well as change Israel’s often poor image abroad by promoting its startup prowess. The result was Israeli Mapped in NY, an interactive map with pins highlighting more than 260 startups as well as coworking spaces, investors, community organizations and ecosystem partners.
The site and its companion app contain brief descriptions and links for each company, a feed that shows the newest companies to join the map as well as job listings. Following the success of Israeli Mapped in NY, Franklin launched Israeli Mapped in Boston, which has more than 90 pins so far.
Franklin has also helped connect startups to various resources, from customers to accountants.