Roland Berger and Start-Up Nation Central partner to tap opportunities in the GCC
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Roland Berger and Start-Up Nation Central partner to tap opportunities in the GCC

Roland Berger and Start-Up Nation Central partner to tap opportunities in the GCC

The organisations will collaborate on strategic initiatives to promote business agreements between Israeli companies and GCC-based government and commercial entities

Consulting firm Roland Berger is partnering with Tel-Aviv based Start-Up Nation Central, an independent non-profit organisation that connects global corporations, investors and governments to the Israeli tech innovation ecosystem. The two organisations will advance commercial opportunities for Israeli technological innovation companies interested in operating within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Based on a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU), Roland Berger will collaborate with Start-Up Nation Central on a series of strategic initiatives. They will also carry out joint research and analysis, marketing and promotional activities.

Commenting on the partnership, Jeremie Kletzkine, vice president of business development at Start-Up Nation Central, said: “We aim to leverage the complementary characteristics of the UAE and Israeli tech industries to establish a robust Middle East innovation hub that will create an innovation powerhouse to address regional and global challenges.”

Start-Up Nation Central has already taken substantial steps to build bridges between the member states’ innovation ecosystems. In December 2020, it officially launched the UAE-IL Tech Zone, an exclusive platform aimed at bridging technological, entrepreneurial, business, venture capital and government collaborations between the UAE and Israel.

The growing community, already connecting more than 2,000 business, innovation and technology leaders from both countries, is gradually evolving to become a GCC regional community.

Read: Emirati, Israeli entities partner to introduce green technologies regionally

Start-Up Nation Central recently initiated the UAE-Israel Business Forum with UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohamed Al Khaja to further promote the countries’ business ties.

In July last year, Start-Up Nation Central signed an agreement with Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Mheiri, the UAE Minister of State for Food and Water Security, to set up a framework for addressing shared food and water security challenges.

Read more: UAE and Israel leaders discuss economic ties in historic trip

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