Netherlands' Takeaway.com Buys Israel’s Biggest Online Food Delivery Company for $158m

TechNation | Israel to offer free computer science courses to help address labor shortage ■ Bar-Ilan seeking to recruit 150 Israeli expats for faculty posts

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Netherlands' Takeaway.com buys Israel’s 10bis for $158 million

The Dutch company Takeaway.com has reached an agreement to buy 10bis, Israel’s biggest online food delivery company, for 135 million euros ($158 million) in cash, the two sides said on Sunday. The seller is the Boston private equity firm TA Associates for a cash consideration of €135m. Formed in 2000, 10bis provides meal benefit plans to hundreds of local companies, mostly in the high-tech sector, and processed 15.2 million orders last year. Although Israeli restauranteurs quickly expressed concerns that Takeway.com would raise fees for the service, COO Joerg Gerbig said the Dutch company, which today focuses on delivering meals to people’s homes, was mainly interested in 10bis’ technology for corporate, or B2B, meal service. “10bis has built a very attractive and one of the few highly profitable online food marketplaces globally. With this transformative deal, we will be able to add a B2B offering to our already highly compelling B2C and Scoober proposition,” he said. (Hadar Kane)

Israel to offer free computer science courses to help address labor shortage

In a bid to help solve Israel’s high-tech labor shortage, the government is moving ahead with a program that will let anyone who wants to study computer science online to do so at no cost. The courses, which will begin in October 2019, will be recognized by all Israeli academic institutions and will let students acquire up to half the credits they need for a degree. The project is the fruit of a partnership between the Social Equality Ministry’s National Digital Israel Initiative, the Council of Higher Education and Israel’s high-tech industry. The courses will be designed by one of several university/college consortia that are competing to operate the program with a package of basic and elective courses that will be offered on the Campus and edX platforms. Tech companies like Google and Israel Aerospace will provide case studies. Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats of the council said the project would also upgrade the level of academic instruction in copter science. (Amitai Ziv)

Bar-Ilan seeking to recruit 150 Israeli expats for faculty posts 

Bar-Ilan University is embarking on program to recruit 150 researchers to its faculty over the next decade from among Israelis living abroad as Israeli universities seek to beef up their science and technology research and teaching and reverse a braindrain of academic talent. The university said the new researchers it plans to hire are in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, including computer science, life sciences, and medicine. A delegation of Bar-Ilan professors recently kicked off the recruitment process in the United States, where they met on a one-on-one job basis with Israeli scientists, doctors, and engineers living abroad at a series of employment fairs. The fairs were organized in cooperation with the Immigration and Absorption Ministry and ScienceAbroad, a non-profit whose members include 2,800 Israelis with advanced degrees residing abroad. Although Bar-Ilan didn’t say how much it budgeted for the recruitment drive, the financial daily Globes reported that it is $150 million. (TheMarker)