WeWork to Launch a Startup Accelerator in Haifa
Part of the global WeWork Labs accelerator network, the Haifa hub will collaborate with local maritime startup accelerator theDOCK
New York-headquartered shared real estate company WeWork is set to launch a startup accelerator program in northern Israeli port city Haifa as part of the company's global accelerator program, WeWork Labs. Roee Adler, a senior vice president at WeWork and the head of WeWork Labs, announced the upcoming Haifa program in an interview with Calcalist earlier this week. This is the second WeWork Labs program in Israel. The company launched Labs in Tel Aviv in June.
The Haifa program, Adler said, will support 40 startups, including companies who are members of the Haifa-based technology hub and accelerator theDOCK (listed as The Dock Innovation Hub), which is focused on maritime and port-related startups. Haifa is regarded as one of Israel’s biggest tech hubs, with companies including IBM and Amazon operating offices in town.
“We believe in Haifa and think we can build a successful ecosystem here,” Adler told Calcalist. “We are coming over with everything we have and will bring anyone who can help young startups in the city,” he said, adding that Haifa offers many advantages to entrepreneurs, from proximity to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to local research and development activity of international companies.
WeWork opened its first shared office space in Haifa in August. Located in the city’s downtown area, the new space is set to host up to 600 members. The Haifa location is WeWork’s first in northern Israel. WeWork also operates five office spaces in Tel Aviv, one office in Jerusalem, one office in central Israel city Herzliya, and one office in southern city Beer Sheva. The company reports nearly 5,000 members in Israel and more than 250,000 members in 283 locations in 75 cities worldwide.